A couple of days ago I noticed Connie walking really low on her front patterns. I posted some pictures on FB and the consensus seems to be that she is likely suffering from vitamin D deficiency.
We give six monthly ADE injections to our llamas between the ages of 6 months and 2 years on vet advice but obviously we should be doing more. Also it turns out that some people give 3 ml of a product containing 500,000 IU per ml of D3 whereas we were giving 2 ml of something containing only 50,000 IU. So maybe our her just isn’t getting enough.
We were also feeding a fortified feed but again, maybe not enough.
So the plan is now as follows:
1. Everyone will have Livamol (powdered vitamin supplement) as free choice in the paddock plus sprinkled on their chaff.
2. I have injected everyone with 2 ml of the lower concentration stuff today as I wait for the other product (hideject) to come .
3. I have ordered another product (Cophos) for them to get. Each animal is meant to have 5 ml of this.
4. Connie received the injection today and is due for weekly injections for 4 weeks though I may give her one every couple of days until the hideject comes then start on the 4 week treatment.
5. I am thinking of doing the same with Carol (Connie’s daughter) as she has been walking funny since giving birth.
6. I will jab everyone again, including Milton with the hideject when it comes… NOT looking forward to it!
7. We will then start a six monthly regimen for the whole herd.
As a note. Spot, Connie’s son was very keen on the Livamol.
I may also inject the goats with vitamins, will check with FB page.
I am waiting for the vet to call me back to run this plan past her.