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Llamas and Alpacas

Making a difference in llama/alpaca health

Although llamas and alpacas remain a small population in the United States, they are big in personality and charm—and their numbers are growing. Morris Animal Foundation started funding health research for these animals in 1990, and we’ve had a number of important successes, like those described here.

  • Gaining Insight on Common Congenital Disease: Choanal atresia (CA) is a common inherited congenital disease that prevents airflow from the nose to the larynx. Researchers characterized patterns of malformation that are associated with CA in alpacas and llamas, and the findings will provide veterinarians with a better way to diagnose CA and differentiate it from other diseases. Read more.
  • Identifying Prevalence of Anemia-Causing Parasite:Mycoplasma haemolamaeis a bacterium that attaches to red blood cells and causes anemia in South American camelids. Researchers from the University of Georgia used Morris Animal Foundation funding to study the prevalence of M. haemolamaeinfection in the camelid population of the southeastern United States. Read more.
  • Proving Limitations of Deworming Drugs for Camelids: Many llamas and alpacas suffer from sometimes fatal parasitic infections because they receive ineffective doses of medications. Researchers from the University of Georgia found that injectable moxidectin is less suitable for treatment of camelid worms than oral moxidectin. Read more.

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