Kensmyth Alpaca Clay Meadow onsite husbandry ongoing – graphic
well, I was going to leave the testicle issue alone but I think it is sooo important for new Alpaca owners to understand that ongoing care onsite observation and Veterinary experience is so key to a successful Alpaca farm.
the boys (3) castrated a while ago, at a typical age (2+) reacted differently as we all do. one perfect example healed almost immediately, second a few minor issues but nothing major, the third required constant supervision and barn stay until out of the woods for potential infection. Starting in perfect castration weather (cold, ice, snow, low temperatures so less risk of mud/fly strike etc) but ending in muddy warm (14 degrees) conditions it is key to know EXACTLY what is going on with your Alpaca – 24/7
as the right testicle area had swollen requiring antibiotics and pain relief, the next issue was the underneath of the Alpacas tail – referred to as the DOCK – was rubbing on the enlarged swollen area where the testicle had been and incision had been made and would not normally be in close proximity.
this time with the fleece from underneath the dock trimmed back and the aid of sudocreme applied carefully to the wound in sterile conditions and ongoing jabs administered… you can see the difference and eventual full recovery.
so please, don’t tell me Castration in Alpaca is routine and they can just be thrown out in a field to recover LOL