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Small Ruminant Care

Small Ruminants include goats, camelids (llamas, alpacas) and sheep.
Vaccinations are an important part of herd management in small ruminants. An annual rabies vaccination is just as important for small ruminants that are regularly handled by people as they are for dogs and cats! There are other vaccines and regular treatment they should receive as well. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!
Dental care is important in camelids, as their fighting teeth can become long and sharp, as well as their cheek teeth. This can cause painful damage to their dental pad (in the case of the incisors and fighting teeth) or painful lesions further back, which are not as easy to see.
One of the many causes of weight loss is poor teeth maintenance or alignment. It is difficult to tell if a camelid has lost weight without feeling them – their fiber can hide a lot!
Shearing is not just for sheep! Maintaining fiber on a regular basis helps keep llamas and alpacas healthy.