Vaccinations for Camelids

There are currently no vaccinations licensed for alpacas and llamas, however they are susceptible to many of the same disease as sheep and goats, especially Clostridial diseases. These include disaeses such as tetanus, botulism, and pulpy kidney, which can be rapidly fatal. As such we recommend that all camelids are vaccinated against clostridial disease as a minimum.

Routinely cria’s are vaccinated from 3 weeks of age, with a second injection given 4 weeks later. Thereafter animals are vaccinated annually. Ideally, annual vaccinations should be planned so pregnant females are vaccinated 4-8 weeks before unpacking to stimulate their immune system, and allow as many antibodies to be passed to the newborn cria through colostrum.