Caring for Alpacas and Llamas  in Winter

Caring for Alpacas and Llamas in Winter

Posted by Matthew on 24th Oct 2019

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.

                                                     

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