Preventive Health Program for Llamas

Jon Geller, D.V.M. discusses how to create a preventive health program for llamas.

| January/February 2007

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    It is important to have a preventative health program in place for llamas.
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Learn how to create a preventive health program for llamas. 

A Preventive Health Program for Llamas

Llama Vaccinations

  • Clostridium C/D plus tetanus: 3 ml subcutaneously, annually to all juvenile and adult llamas. Also vaccinate pregnant females one month prior to birthing
  • Leptospirosis (in high-risk areas): biannually to brood females
  • Rabies: annually

Other vaccinations that have been used in llamas include those for malignant edema, equine herpes virus, scours and chlamydia (to prevent abortions). These should be given under the direction of a veterinarian.

Llama Deworming

  • Fenbendazole (Panacur) paste: 11 to 15 mg/kg orally every two to six months, depending on animal density and results of fecal exam
  • Ivermectin (injectable): 2 mg/kg subcutaneously every 3 to 6 months, depending on local conditions

Other Llama Health Issues

  • Castration recommended at 2 years of age
  • Fighting teeth removal at 2½ years of age, then every one to two years
  • Nail trimming every two to six months





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