Basic Care: Meningeal Worms

meningeal worms

If you get 10 farmers together in a room, they will tell you 10 different ways to take care of the same animal.  But it does seem like llama owners agree on one thing:  you have to treat your llama for meningeal worms.

What are meningeal worms?

Meningeal worms, also called brain worms or deer worms, are nematodes, small worms (mostly microscopic) that are ubiquitous throughout earth (even plants get worms).  Meningeal worms infect the central nervous system of animals causing inflammation and disease.

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Llama Llove

llama llove

I admit it.  I have a serious case of llama llove.  I know not everyone feels the same way.  In fact, a llot of people tell me that llamas are funny llooking or ugly.  I just don’t see it.

So I thought I’d share with you some of the llovely llama features that I llove.

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LLama Kush

kush

Have you ever seen a llama kush?  No, not play with those weirdly elastic koosh balls.  I’ve never seen them kicking one around the pasture.

Photo adapted from Lenore Edman.

Photo adapted from Lenore Edman.

I’m talking about the kush position.

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Llama Cool Jake

J words are hard to come by in the llama world.  Unless we want to talk about the judging process, which I know nothing about.  Or maybe jeweled llama sweaters (might make a great present for someone, just sayin’).

But I did run across this vimeo of Llama Cool Jake:

 

 

Ahhh, the internet…so much potential.

Blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2016 April A to Z Challenge!  My theme for this year:  Llama mama.  J for Jake, Llama Cool

Basic Care: Llama Immunizations

llama immunizations

Just like the rest of us, llamas need to get some immunizations to keep those bugs away!

But unlike most of our vaccines (except flu), llamas receive their shots every year.  Initially, they are given two doses spaced about a month apart followed by yearly vaccinations after that either in the spring or fall.

Here are the most common llama immunizations:

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