Treating Bloat in Llamas
from Ellen Prosser, Northeast Llama Rescue, Inc.
The symptoms of bloat can
sometimes be confused with the symptoms for choke/mega-esophagus. To determine
if your llama is experiencing bloat, you can gently palpate the abdomen - if it
is tight, like an inflated rubber ball - it may be bloat. If you are in doubt
of the diagnosis, please consult your veterinarian. Both bloat and choke can be
A helpful way to prevent bloat,
especially when animals are turned out onto lush pasture is to keep out a pan of
baking soda so that it is available to the llamas at all times.
"One of our absolute top items in
our medicine kit is extra strength antigas - any brand, generic, drug store
brand. It MUST say antigas, and I believe the active ingredient is simothicone.
We use it at the first sign of digestive upset, usually from mild hiccup like
grunts to out and out thrashing sideways like they are going to die (bloat).
It's worked every single time we've used it. It's on our info list for newbies.
It's like magic in how fast it takes effect. We use sixty CC's of the extra
strength antacid/ antigas product by our
local drug chain for an adult llama. Usually take care of things."
Doseage: 60 cc for adult animal