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Type: Journal article
Title: Vitamin D doses for alpacas (Lama pacos)
Author: Judson, G.J.
Feakes, A.
Citation: Australian Veterinary Journal, 1999; 77(5):310-315
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0005-0423
1751-0813
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GJ Judson and A Feakes
Abstract: Objective: To assess the effectiveness of cholecalciferol (D3) doses for maintaining adequate vitamin D status in crias and adult female alpacas at pasture. Design: A field experiment during winter and early spring in a herd on a farm in South Australia. Animals and procedure: Crias, usually less than 6 months of age and female alpacas, aged 2 to 6 years, were given a single subcutaneous dose of 0, 1000 or 2000 IU D3/ kg body weight. Plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxycholecalcif-erol (25-OH D3), phosphorus, calcium and vitamins A and E and alkaline phosphatase activity were measured at intervals over a period of 16 weeks after treatment. Results: Crias not given a vitamin D supplement had reduced growth rate during winter and one animal showed clinical signs of rickets. Vitamin D treatment had no effect on the body weight of mature females. Vitamin D supplements increased the 25-OH D3 and phosphorus concentrations in plasma of both crias and adult females; alkaline phosphatase activity was not affected by treatment. Conclusion: It is suggested that for alpacas in southern Australia a subcutaneous dose of 1000 IU D3/kg body weight to crias in late autumn and again in mid winter and to adult females in mid winter should prevent vitamin D inadequacy.
Keywords: Alpaca
vitamin D
phosphorus
calcium
alkaline phosphatase
rickets
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1999.tb10270.x
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