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Llama and Alpaca Care


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PART ONE: HERD HEALTH 1. Biosecurity 2. Protection of Camelids from Predators 3. Camelid Vaccinations 4. Camelid Herd Health and Nutrition 5. Endoparasite Control 6. Anthelmintic Resistance in Camelid Parasites 7. Camelid Management, Handling Techniques and Facilities, and Herd Management PART TWO: NUTRITION 8. Applied Digestive Anatomy and Feeding Behavior 9. Nutritional Requirements 10. Feeds for Camelids 11. Feeding Management Systems 12. Nutritional Assessment 13. Nutritional Diseases PART THREE: REPRODUCTION 14. Anatomy and Physiology of Reproduction in the Female Llama and Alpaca 15. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology in the Male 16. Breeding Management 17. Clinical Examination of the Female Reproductive Function 18. Breeding Soundness Examination of the Llama and Alpaca 19. Infertility and Subfertility in the Male 20. Infertility and Subfertility in the Female 21. Cytogenetics and Infertility 22. Pregnancy Diagnosis and High-Risk Pregnancy Evaluation 23. Disorders and Diseases of Pregnancy 24. Parturition and Obstetrics 25. Lactation and Neonatal Care 26. Postpartum Disorders 27. Artificial Insemination of Llamas and Alpacas 28. Embryo Transfer 29. Embryo Preservation and In Vitro Production of Embryos PART FOUR: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE 30. Physical Examination and Conformation 31. Clinical Pathology 32. Fluid Therapy 33. Nutritional Support 34. Drug Therapy in Llamas and Alpacas PART FIVE: MEDICAL DISORDERS 35. Disorders of the Skin 36. Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Hemolymphatic Systems 37. Diseases of the Respiratory Tract 38. Disorders of the Neurologic System and Special Senses 39. Disorders of the Urinary System 40. Disorders of the Digestive System 41. Disorders of Carbohydrate or Lipid Metabolism 42. Neonatology and Neonatal Disorders PART SIX: ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA 43. Practical Pharmacokinetics of Anesthetic Drugs 44. Pre-Procedure Considerations 45. Chemical Restraint of Camelids 46. Injectable Anesthesia of Camelids 47. Inhalational Anesthesia 48. Local and Regional Analgesic Techniques in Camelids 49. Peri-Operative Management of Compromised Camelid Patients 50. Obstetrical Anaesthesia in South American Camelids 51. Neuroanaesthesia for South American Camelids 52. Pain Management in Camelids: Systemic Techniques 53. Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) Technique for Management of Severe Pain in Camelids 54. Acupuncture in the Camelid PART SEVEN: SURGICAL DISORDERS 55. Principles of Surgery 56. Ocular Surgery 57. Gastrointestinal Surgery in Alpacas and Llamas 58. Musculoskeletal Surgery 59. Thoracic imaging and Respiratory Surgery 60. Urogenital Surgery in Camelids 61. Surgical Management of Neurologic Disorders 62. Reproductive Surgery 63. Integumentary and Dental Surgery 64. Minimally Invasive Surgery


This book is an essential text for anyone working with South American camelids. It is the first, all-around camelidspecific text that guides the clinician in their approach to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting these animals. It brings together the vast amount of knowledge that has accumulated over the past 20 years or so, into an accessible format. Reviewed by Claire E. Whitehead on behalf of Veterinary Record, July 2015

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