Our precious ROSEY was born smaller than the average alpaca . Her dad is smaller than the average alpaca and she took more of her dads genes.
She was growing up steadily til one day we noticed she was sitting more than usual. Then after a week or so she was laying down more than usual and not getting up. We phoned different vets to see if they can help us diagnose her but no help was received as most said they’d have to see her in person to help her out which wasn’t easy for us to do at the time as it required we take her there to the vet and keeping her away from her mother wasn't a great idea in her condition.
As first time baby alpaca owner's were a little worried about the condition of Rosey as we felt helpless not knowing what we can do to help her. But thankfully thanks to the little information of other alpaca owners and their similar experiences we found on the internet we were not only able to diagnose Rosey but we were able to give her the needed supplements in a timely fashion to help her improve greatly and get her stabilized.
Long story short after much research and observations on the farm I started googling words on the internet that had to do with alpacas and mineral deficiency because I knew minerals were an important part of pasture feed animals. Finally we discovered that our little alpaca was vitamin D deficient and was showing signs of Rickets …. So we looked up ways to help her.
Rickets & Alpacas
Rickets is a softening or weakening of the bones due to a prolonged vitamin D deficiency. If not treated quickly it may lead to bone deformities and cause pain for doing basic things like standing up. Vitamin D is vital for young bones to develop as it is needed to absorb phosphorus and calcium that help strengthen the bones.
According to some research of experiences from other farmers in the UK it is known that alpacas outside of Peru that came from living in higher altitudes they are used to have a tendency for vitamin D deficiencies, especially the darker skinned alpacas that are younger of age.
We joined alpaca chats for alpaca owners to also get some good tips and based on the information we gathered we opted for the holistic natural methods to help our little ROSEY. We ordered different supplements for her. After a day or so after usage of a protocol we put in place for her we noticed improvements in her behavior… she no longer was laying down but walking more and grazing. We continued to administer the protocol to help her holistically recover. And after 4-5 weeks we can say she was back to her normal self and gaining healthy weight, running around, spending most of her time grazing as normal alpacas do.
*Our protocol to help her was the following:
We are very happy this holistic protocol benefited greatly our little ROSEY and hope it can broaden ones scope of natural health remedies.
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Yas H. Castro
Realtor, Animal lover, Farmher, Foodie, Traveler, No Waste & Simple Toxin-free Living Advocate