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Foot Rot in Camelids

South American Camelids have a soft pad and a terminal toenail. Neither llamas nor alpacas have been reported to suffer from infectious foot rot. The pad may look eroded and pitted, especially in wet weather. Treatments with formalin or zinc sulphate do not seem to be effective. Animal husbandry methods must be used to keep the feet dry. Copper sulphate is not only ineffective but dangerous on account of the toxicity. Eroded pads do not seem to cause lameness and often seem to be self limiting. They should not be confused with infectious foot rot.

Overgrown toes are common in SACs in the UK when animals are continually kept on soft ground. They should be trimmed regularly.  Naturally SACs can damage both their hooves and the integument near to the hooves with all manner of different injuries. This should not be confused with foot rot. Each injury should be treated separately. Naturally if owners have any doubts they should consult their veterinary advisors.

Thank you to
Graham Duncanson who is a vet on BCL and BVCS