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liver fluke

Health & Welfare Bulletin No.22 : Bluetongue & Liver Fluke

Have you placed you order for Bluetongue vaccine yet with your vet?  If not, please do so now.
The recommendation from the Royal Veterinary College and the British Veterinary Camelid Society is to administer your booster vaccination of 1ml to camelids already vaccinated and two doses of 1ml to crias not vaccinated last year, in March/ April 09.  There should be a minimum of 2 weeks between giving BTV8 vaccine and any other vaccination. It is also recommended that you try to use the same make of vaccine for the booster that you used last year. Please discuss this with your vet.
Recently, Liver Fluke has been reported as a big problem in camelids. A number of animals have been lost due to it. Know your animals and keep an eye on any abnormal behaviour such as progressive loss of body condition/weight, anaemia, pale membranes and swelling below the jaw (in severe cases).
Liver Fluke is easily treated so keep an eye on your stock for signs.  If you are worried, please talk to your vet, it is better to be safe than sorry.