Chronic Eye Infections, Weight loss 

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6/11/2015
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We've got one troublesome alpaca, Oreo, who started out ok, but developed a skin condition. She now has patches of thick skin, with a loss of hair in those spots. We asked our vet about it, and he feels its a genetic condition (even though the breeder swears otherwise). So we put vitamin e oil on those spots when she lets us. A few months ago, Oreo got a piece of hay in her eye and it ended up scratching her retina. Now she has become queen of the consistent eye infections, we apply antibiotic ointment when it flares up, but within two weeks the issue returns. This week, we noticed her other eye looks pretty horrible, and she looks like she has lost weight. We will likely call out our vet, but I wanted to see what the forum thought, as I am new to this site.
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