Medical management of acute hemorrhage in an alpaca
A 6-year-old female alpaca in late gestation presented to the Large Animal Medicine Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals for evaluation and treatment of acute hemorrhage due to a vaginal tear. Although the hemorrhage stopped shortly after presentation, her packed cell volume (PCV) and total protein (TP) continued to fall over the subsequent 24 hours. A whole blood transfusion was performed with minimal complications using a donor alpaca supplied by the farm manager. One day following admission, no evidence of fetal life could be detected using transabdominal ultrasonography. A Caesarian section was performed after the alpaca failed to abort the deceased fetus. The alpaca remained stable and was discharged to the farm manager five days later.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2004 L58
Alpaca -- Diseases -- Case studies