A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

July 29, 2007

Cinnamon – Much Improved

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Care, Alpaca Health, Alpacas, camelids, General — alpacalady @ 7:27 am

Cinnamon Feeling BetterFriday night ended up being a short one as I stayed up until 2 a.m. to monitor Cinnamon who had been ill earlier in the day.  Thankfully by 2 a.m. she started to chew her cud, just a little, but enough to make me feel she was back on track again.  Cinnamon looked pretty relaxed and so I felt that I could chance leaving her alone for a few hours to grab some sleep. 

It was almost a full moon last night and the alpacas were very relaxed in the moonlight, some chewing their cud, others stretched out, others just watching the world go by and the crias curled up beside their dams for the night.

By 6 a.m. I was up to check on Cinnamon again and she looked good.  She had returned to the pen where I had kept her for part of Friday and was happily eating hay. 

Eventually as the morning progressed I saw her go to the poop pile and was pleased to see her passing normal alpaca beans. 

Cinnamon will still be on her antibiotics for the next few days, she is starting to realize that the applesauce that I mix the Tucoprim in actually tastes nice and once I caught her she took it without a fuss.  Cinnamon will also receive regular doses of MSE drench until her antibiotics are finished, as antibiotics can have a diminishing effect on the stomach flora and that is the last thing Cinnamon needs right now.

So all in all Saturday was an easier day.  I will still be keeping a close eye on Cinnamon in case she has a relapse and also the rest of the herd in case anyone else starts with diarrhea, but for now at least all looks good.  Fingers crossed it will stay that way!


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