Worms are common among a large number of animals and Alpacas are no different. Gastrointestinal worms like the Barber’s Pole Worm are the most commonly found in alpacas.
These are blood-sucking nasty parasites that appear in large numbers that lead to severe blood loss in animals. If it is a severe case and the animal goes untreated, the animal can die of anaemia.
Pale mucous membranes, weight loss, and weakness are common symptoms. A variety of other worms can also affect an alpaca that also cause weight loss and diarrhea.
Worm control is vital but complex. You need pasture management in herds as they could be grazing alongside other ruminants that lead to an infestation. You also need to do a worm egg count by monitoring faeces and use the appropriate worm medications.
To monitor worm levels in your animal, we recommend a three-month faecal worm egg count. This is something we do for you and we will recommend the best course of action.