Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ALPACAS

I Packa, You Packa, Alpaca

Hey Hounders,
Homer J. here today. Our mom is going to LVT school to get her Associate's degree and as part of the ciriculum she has to do 40 hours of work with large animal. There is an alpaca farm, Sorbie Farm, about 2-3 miles down the road where mom helps out. Here is a website with some basic facts about these animals that mom is working with in conjunction with her LVT training: I Love Alpacas. Since mom is training to be a Vet Tech she needs to know about health problems.
Alpacas need to be monitored for the health problems to which they are susceptible. One of these is ryegrass staggers, caused by a toxin in some ryegrass species that affects the nervous system. If the problem is caught early, the animals will recover when removed from the pasture. However, the condition can become permanent with long-term exposure to the toxin.
Facial eczema is a major problem for llamas and alpacas. Caused by the spores of a fungus found in pasture, it leads to liver damage and causes the skin to be sensitive to light. Just like use dogs and cats, alpacas are opportunistic browsers, so just like with us poisoning from eating toxic plants is a problem. Plants that can be fatal to alpacas include nightshade, foxglove, hemlock, tutu, ragwort, mallow, buttercup and macrocarpa. Young alpacas, known as cria, are prone to rickets if they do not get enough sunlight in their early months. This can be remedied with vitamin D injections. Alpacas and llamas are very susceptible to tuberculosis, which is also a problem in cattle and deer.
Theres lots of stuff that mom needs to learn and this opportunity sure helps her out. But we've made it clear that we don't want a fur fluff running around out in our paddock; how you gonna keep them down on the farm after they've seen our yard?

OBTW: Spencer's HM and HD have a new foster dog, her name is Candy. Candy is a refugee from Tiawan that emmigrated to the US. Please take a moment to visit HM & HD's blog http://blog.dogbynature.com to check out Candy and read about her amazing story. Perhaps y'all can help her find her new forever home. - Homer J.

Supa Saturday Contest:
We have been nominated in the Supa Saturday contest over at Travis' blog. If it's no too much trouble for y'all we'd really appreciate it if you could drop over there and vote for us, unless you like one of the other nominees better. The voting area is in the upper right of Travis' blog page. Thanks for for any consideration y'all may give to us, The Bumpass Hounds.
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6 comments:

ocmist said...

Hi, everyone! Just came over from Travis' blog to say hi and sniff around a little. I've heard quite a bit about you, so thought I'd check things out.

Your site is very interesting, and I'll have to come back to visit sometimes. My Mom's sister works with a dog rescue and we have fostered some of the dogs they have had.

Our blog is called Country Corgis: http://countrycorgis.blogspot.com/ OC (Matriarch of the current Corgi Crew)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We can just picture the fun you would have chasing alpacas in your back yard. So we're glad they'll be staying where they are and your mom will be going to them.

Pearl said...

Hi new friends!!! I just signed your guest book from over here in Oklahoma!!!!

Mason Dixie said...

Exactly what are those animals used for? I have always wondered. =) Good luck to your mom with being a vet.

Land of Lincoln Labbies said...

You furry kids are a great group! We just stumbled on you guys from the Kids in Dog Suits site and thought you had a really nice site and love the pics. Feel free to visit us at www.landoflincolnlabbies.blogspot.com. We will fur sure be back to visit you!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We saw some alpacas over on San Juan Island. Dad thought up a song where the chorus was just "ALPACAS!" It was a silly song, not nearly as good as the ones I write. (I have published some songs on my blog, but I think that was before you started reading.)

Kat

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