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Basic Llama Care

Are you considering keeping llamas? These big furballs are actually quite fun and loveable! However, they do have some specific care needs. A Chattanooga, TN vet discusses basic llama care in this article.

Pals

Llamas are herd animals by nature. A single llama will get very lonely and depressed without any pals. We recommend getting at least two.

Pasture

One benefit of having llamas is the fact that they really don’t need a lot of land. You can put about 3 llamas on one acre, though we recommend giving them more space to keep your land from being over-used. Some land isn’t really well-suited for grazing, so you’ll need to have your property tested. You’ll need to put up sturdy fences around your llamas’ area. Don’t use barbed wire: it can be dangerous. Also, check for toxic plants in the pasture, and remove any you find by pulling them out by the root.

Shelter

You’ll need to provide your llamas with a suitable shelter. A barn is perfect, but a three-sided shelter will work as well. You may want to put up a small pen. This will be very convenient for shearing, nail trims, dental care, and veterinary exams. Every day, you will have to provide fresh water and remove waste. One great thing about llamas is that they can be trained to use one specific spot as their bathroom. This makes cleaning pretty quick and easy!

Diet

Fiber should make up the bulk of your llamas’ menu. If your pasture isn’t sufficient, you can feed your llamas hay, such as Timothy hay. They will also require salt blocks and minerals. Don’t offer them grain unless your vet specifically advises it. As noted above, llamas also need fresh water. Don’t put their buckets on the ground: you may find your llamas standing in them!

Regular Care

Llamas need regular exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. You’ll also need to trim their teeth and nails, and shear them annually. Ask your vet for specific information.

Training

Llamas are capable of learning simple commands, like Stay and Come, which can be very helpful. (Tip: offering your llamas yummy treats, like apples, will help them learn to come when called.) You’ll also need to teach them to walk on a lead.

Please contact us, your Chattanooga, TN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about llama care. We’re here to help!

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