So we had a visit from our veterinarian today, Dr. Peter Brown. I primarily asked him to come out to look at our llama, Fancy. She has had drainage from her right eye and increased blinking. The oxytetracycline injection I gave her did not make any difference so I was worried it was something more serious, maybe glaucoma. Well, it turns out it is much more serious. It looks like squamous cell carcinoma. So now we are gathering more information about taking her eye out (which may not take the whole cancer out), injecting it with a substance to stimulate a local immune response, or having her put down. Not what I was expecting, at all. Here she is in the stanchion, awaiting the vet visit.
We also had our bucks undergo repeat testing for CAE, CL and Johnes, since breeding season is over, and we do outside breeding. In catching Cody, our first buck, I noticed that he has a lesion on the side of his mouth. It is thickened there, has lost hair and is oozing a little blood. So I had our vet look at this too. He thinks it is an injury, and that certainly is likely since Cody is our best escape artist. He recently has been getting out of his pen, either by squeezing through the hog panel gate or jumping out. We managed to fix both these problems, but as the vet is telling me about the injury I notice a few hog panel bars bent outward in the corner of the pen. So he suggested a oxytetracycline injection, and we’ll see if it heals OK. Here’s the bucks await their vet visit.