Rainman – the Alpaca

This is a nice story about “Rainman”, his hard working owners and a team of dedicated veterinarians working together to fix a severe problem. Rainman is an adult Huacaya Alpaca that lives in the Gorge.

In July Rainman broke his front leg in a fence accident and came to Hood River Alpine Vet Hospital late at night on emergency. (See fig. 1) Dr. Foss stabilized the broken leg in a cast and contacted Dr. Steve Petersen who is a surgery specialist that takes care of our specialized surgery cases here at the clinic.

When Dr. Petersen arrived a plan of treatment was […]

EHV-1 Infection Risk in Alpacas and Llamas ColoradoState Univ. Veterinary Teaching Hospital News Release

–General note to Alpaca owners in my area; For the next 3 weeks I suggest you ask visitors to your farm, “Have you visited horses in the last couple of days? If so please do not visit my alpacas.”

Mike Foss DVM
May 19, 2011

EHV-1 Infection Risk in Alpacas and Llamas
Colorado State Univ. Veterinary Teaching Hospital News Release
May 17, 2011

An outbreak of neurologic disease in horses caused by Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infections has developed during the past week in the Western US and Canada. This outbreak is linked to horses that participated in a cutting horse show in Utah form April 29 […]

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopath (EHM)

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