Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC

Opening the door to fantastic fiber...

Jill McElderry-Maxwell
226 Snakeroot RdPittsfield, ME 04967
(207) 660-5276 (cell)

Eimeria macusaniensis

aka E. mac, Big Mac

EIMERIA MACUSANIENSIS: INTRODUCTION
Coccidia are microscopic parasites that disrupt intestinal function. Although they are diagnosed on fecal examination, they are not worms. Instead, they are single celled organisms known as protists. Protists are obligate intracellular parasites – they must complete part of their life cycle in the cells of a host organism. Coccidia are widespread organisms that affect not only alpacas, but almost every group of animals known. They are ubiquitous in the e... Full article >


Meningeal Worm Literature Review with Implications for Alpaca Owners

MENINGEAL WORM: AN INTRODUCTION
Meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) is a parasite of special concern for many alpaca farmers. Carried by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and intermediate slug and snail hosts, “m-worm”, as it is commonly known, lives and reproduces in the deer. Although the deer are generally not adversely affected by the parasite, any other animal ingesting an infected slug or snail is usually killed by the activity of the parasite as it travels through the ne... Full article >


Small coccidia

SMALL COCCIDIA:INTRODUCTION
Coccidia are microscopic parasites that disrupt intestinal function. Although they can be diagnosed on fecal examination, they are not worms. Instead, they are single celled organisms known as protists. Protists are obligate intracellular parasites – they must complete part of their life cycle in the cells of a host organism. Coccidia are widespread organisms that affect not only alpacas, but almost every group of animals from fish, to reptiles, to birds, to mammals.... Full article >


Thiamine Depletion and Polioencephalomalacia

What every alpaca owner needs to know

OVERVIEW
The vitamin thiamine plays a critical role in alpaca health. Thiamine depletion can happen rapidly from a large number of causes and will lead to death unless promptly remedied by the immediate administration of injectable thiamine. Thiamine is inexpensive, but only available by prescription – and every camelid owner should have a bottle from their vet on hand at all times.

Any time an alpaca shows signs of lethargy, low appetite or neurological impairment, a shot of thiamine i... Full article >