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Caring for a Llama

Are you considering getting a llama? Llamas are becoming quite popular, as more and more people are being charmed by these sweet, intelligent animals. A Craig Road, NV vet discusses basic llama care in this article.

Buddies

Llamas are herd animals by nature. One llama will get sad and lonely without friends. We recommend keeping at least two llamas.

Grooming

Llamas can get very uncomfortable when it’s hot! You’ll need to shear your furballs at least once a year. Regular nail trims and dental care are also very important. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Fresh Water

Make sure your llamas always have plenty of fresh, clean water. It may be worthwhile to invest in an automated waterer. You’ll want to raise your water buckets or troughs off the ground, as otherwise your llamas may stick their feet in them, and could contaminate their water supply.

Diet

If your land doesn’t provide suitable grazing, you can feed your llamas orchid grass, field grass, and hay. You’ll also need to provide ground mineral salt. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including feeding times and portion sizes.

Housing

Llamas don’t require elaborate housing, but they do need at least a good three-sided shelter that offers protection from the weather. You’ll need to clean your llama’s home daily to remove waste. (Bonus: many llamas can be taught to use specific areas for their bathrooms. This can make things much easier for you!)

Pasturage

A good pasture, with a strong, safe, fence, is very important. Keep the pasture clear of harmful debris. Also, become familiar with local plants that are toxic to llamas, so you can remove them.

Training

While you can choose how much training you want your llamas to have, we do recommend making sure they are trained to be caught, led, and haltered. It’s also generally worth your while to teach your llamas to come to you for treats.

Health Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! While llamas are generally healthy, they will need parasite control, regular examinations, and recommended vaccines. As with any other animal, it’s also important for you to watch for any potential signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Do you have llamas? Please contact us, your Craig Road, NV animal clinic, for all of their veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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