Alpacas are stoic animals and by the time they are exhibiting any symptoms they are usually very ill. So there are a number of things you can do to stay ahead of the game.
Make sure you know your animals so you can pick up on any subtle changes in behavior. FAMACHA test for eyes, this is when you look at the insides of their eyelids to check for anemia. And last but not least check their fecals for parasites, this has meant sending a sample to the vets up till know but with the impending increase in herd size, we decided to invest in a microscope.
And here it is Ta Da ….
Comes with its own camera and software so that we can do the initial analysis ourselves then share the results to get a second opinion with the Vet.