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Alpacas can suffer from bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, peritonitis, sepsis and uterine and dental infection, that require long-term antibiotic therapy; however, there is currently a lack of information about effective drugs to treat these infections. A study conducted by Dr. Daniela Bedenice, at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, is evaluating two formulations of florfenicol (commercial names Nuflor and Nuflor Gold), which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that could potentially be useful in alpacas. Dr. Bedenice says, “This study will not only allow us to compare two different drug formulations, dosages and treatment routes, but most importantly [we will] investigate the drug’s potential for side effects.” Early results indicate that the drug is better absorbed when injected directly into the muscle, though Dr. Bedenice cautions that this is very preliminary, and it is important to continue to monitor the drug for any negative side effects.

Posted by MAFon June 7, 2011.

Categories: Animal health, Animal welfare


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