Nutritional Diseases of Llamas and Alpacas

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Limited published reports of nutritional diseases affecting llamas and alpacas were found in a detailed review of relevant literature sources. Anecdotal clinical experiences and nutritional diseases that have been reported range from those diagnosed in common with other species to diseases having a presentation unique to camelids. Vitamin D-associated rickets and greater susceptibility to hepatic lipidosis and zinc deficiency are distinctive nutritional problems for llamas and alpacas. This article will review commonly encountered nutritional diseases, based on literature reports and clinical experience, in llamas and alpacas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-810
Number of pages14
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Animals


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