Episode 22 – Expect the unexpected with Steve Heatherington

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Summary

By definition, the unexpected is just that. However, we can both expect and prepare for it as we care for our alpacas. Expect the unexpected.

A recent experience with an injured alpaca, where the fleece covered the injury which started attracting flies produced a sudden change. Everything seemed to be under control and then suddenly the vet was on the way to deal with an unknown but clearly potentially serious situation.

Expecting the unexpected

We can’t know what is coming next but there are types of incidents and occurences we can anticipate and be prepared for.

Here are some suggestions of the kind of things you could have in stock and close to hand to cover a lot of these potential circumstances.

  • the contact phone number for your vet’s out of hours service (and normal contact too)
  • know your vet’s call out procedure
  • identify somewhere you can easily use to contain a sick or injured alpaca for examination and treatment (hurdles are your best friend)
  • What if you need a temporary ‘hospital’ area for recuperation or keeping a wound clean?
  • Syringes and needles – have some and know how to use them safely and how to dispose of them
  • cleaning antiseptic wash Hibiscrub is a good general option
  • pleated cotton wool
  • disposable gloves – violet nitrile long cuff
  • have a grab bag of portable useful items for emergencies (rucksack or toolbox for portability)
  • check shelf life and expiry dates of any medicines you have
  • Amazon or other online suppliers can be good if you can wait until tomorrow. Check out what might be suitable and add it to a wish list
  • Head torch
  • catch pen – hurdles
  • learn to communicate a case history
  • use your phone to record details – photos; audio; video; notes; audio notes
  • identify a good quality disinfectant for the stable, barn or filed-shelter and learn how to use it. What is the contact time needed to achieve disinfection?
  • Buckets and water containers
  • Syringes of various sizes
  • Cria birthing kit
  • Know when you are out of your depth and call the vet early
  • blue disposable paper towel – multipurpose and invaluable

LINKS

Hibiscrub Antibacterial Wash: 500ml: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

Hibiscrub Antibacterial Wash: 500ml: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

Hibiscrub Antibacterial Wash: 500ml: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battles-Hibiscrub-Antibacterial-Wash-500ml/dp/B00JKL1OXC/ref=asc_df_B00JKL1OXC/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310478603184&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10780875984629122910&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045406&hvtargid=pla-563305758909&psc=1

Cottontails 200g Cotton Wool Pleat: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

Cottontails 200g Cotton Wool Pleat: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

Cottontails 200g Cotton Wool Pleat: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cottontails-200g-Cotton-Wool-Pleat/dp/B004XBDVN0/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3Q8HWX185RPD3&keywords=pleated+cotton+wool&qid=1559163119&s=drugstore&sprefix=pleated+cott%2Cdrugstore%2C134&sr=1-1

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