Alpaca concern - bad poop

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2 years 11 months ago #547092 by nicekeywee
Hi all,

Our alpaca girls arrived on the property few weeks ago and not long after (in couple of days) we realised their poops were not the usual described bean like but still held a good shape comprising some beans. However as it progress through the weeks, some stool seems to be getting better (still no perfect bean pile) but some has got worse, it is not water diarrhea like but pretty close and just a blob instead.

We got a feacal count done but came back with no Strongyles and Nematodirus. Now we got that clear but even more worried than ever, we do not know what to do, called the local vet, they dont seem to have much alpaca experience. We also realised some stool have mucus like liquid (some white, some pink)

We were told it could be their change of diet, as our pasture is probably more wet than the place they came from, but then i thought this would have cleared up after two weeks time. (And this doesnt explain about the mucus substance)

Any advice would be great, thanks in advance.

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2 years 11 months ago #547097 by LongRidge
Replied by LongRidge on topic Alpaca concern - bad poop
Go to Dr Google and type in "Coccidiosis in new world camellids". There is lots of interesting information in that paper, but I don't know how relevant to NZ it is.

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2 years 11 months ago #547105 by nicekeywee
Thanks for that, after having a read and more research around, looks as if coccidia is generally more common for younger crias, ones we have issue with are the older one. Not saying it doesnt affect them, i think we will get the tests done shortly.
We wondered if theres some kind of probiotic that could help with their guts in the time being?

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2 years 11 months ago #547106 by LongRidge
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Farmlands might know of something. Give the local shop a call in the morning.

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