Lame Foot 

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gregc
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3/6/2018
gregc
Posts: 4
My oldest girl out of the clear blue started holding up her right rear foot. Hopped on 3 legs to drink, eat, poop and roll in the dust. Examined the foot and there were no visible signs of trauma. No swelling in either toe and leg bones felt fine all the way to and around hip. No vocalizations that she was in pain. Gave shots of Banamine and B-Complex every few days. After 3 weeks of no improvement or further deterioration, one day she was down, wouldn't eat and the next day she died. First thought this was age related due to her being 15 yrs old. Has anyone ever had anything similar happen? Didn't take her to the vet because another alpaca breeder 1.5 hrs away had a 2 yr old female with the same symptoms, after numerous blood tests, exams and $700 the vet told her I don't know what's wrong, let's do more tests. Any info or insight into this would be greatly appreciated
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