In the autumn and winter months shorter days and lower sunlight levels mean that alpacas and llamas generate less Vitamin D than they would in their native countries, where the light levels are much stronger. Vitamin D is necessary for management of calcium absorption for the development and maintenance of strong healthy bones and a shortage can lead to Rickets in cria and juveniles.
Vitamin D is not readily available through forage or through mother’s milk so to maintain good level of growth and bone health we dose all alpacas with Vitamin ADE & B12 paste regularly during the colder months. In addition to Vitamin D, the paste includes Vitamin A for growth, vision and reproductive health, Vitamin B12 to support the central nervous system, Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and Vitamins C and E which are antioxidants.
Premier Vitamin ADE & B12 Plus Paste is given by mouth and comes in 50ml syringes with a dial to select the dosage – 5ml for youngsters, 10-15ml for medium to large adults. The paste should be given every few weeks during winter and times of low sunlight.