Small Ruminant and Camelid Medicine

Small Ruminant and Camelid Medicine2018-08-21T10:02:09+00:00

Small Ruminant and Camelid Medicine

Routine and Emergency Medicine

Whether you have sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, or even deer – we can provide veterinary services for all your small ruminant and camelid patients.

Emergency services are available 24/7. Please call 360-757-3722 if you have a medical emergency.

Our veterinarians are able to provide preventative medicine needs including:

  • Annual physical and wellness examinations
  • Routine hoof care
  • Vaccinations
    • Rabies
    • Tetanus
    • Clostridial diseases
    • Other vaccinations as necessary to the herd or farm
  • Nutritional consultation and diet planning
  • Laboratory services
  • Body-condition and muscle-condition scoring
  • Treatment of common diseases
    • Dystocia (difficulty birthing)
    • Listeria
    • Polio
    • Mastitis
    • Pneumonia
    • Caseous Lymphadenitis
    • Urolithiasis (urinary stones)
  • Breeding-Soundness and Reproductive Programs
  • Dehorning, Disbudding, and Castration
  • Pregnancy Diagnosis with Ultrasound
  • Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (health papers)

Deworming and Parasite Resistance

In all small ruminant and camelid patients, deworming can be a tricky subject to navigate.

Especially in sheep and goats, parasites have a high-occurrence of drug resistance. In order to preserve the limited efficacy of our anti-parasitic drugs, we encourage our clients to understand when, who, and with what, to treat for parasites.

We encourage clients to learn how to FAMACHA score animals and to have routine fecal egg counts (FEC) performed via fecal analysis. Fecal analysis can determine what parasites are circulating through the herd or animal, and how severe the parasite load is within the animal and environment.

Deworming protocols should be based on the severity of parasite load in the herd and what types of parasites are present. Severe shedders of parasites should be treated, and some moderate shedders should also be treated, depending on the style of housing and shedding environment.