That dreaded word: shots

Duhn duhn duhn! Guess who needed a checkup?

“Muh teef don’t need no trimming. Kuhyuck!”

Well, everyone needed a checkup; it’s Farm Check! time. But Vanny really needed to get his teeth and nails trimmed. Cici also got the full spa treatment. Bravado and Merlin got their nails done (Bravado screamed the whole time), and little Trip got his teeth done. That is a three man job, Dad holding the alpaca, Dr. Balch using the dremmel tool and Mom keeping the tool cool by spraying it with water. So we don’t have any pictures.

Dr. Balch trims Bravado’s nails. He’s carrying on.

Everyone needed their shots. One quick little prick in each shoulder, CD&T vaccine  (something, something and tetanus – 3 diseases caused by Clostridium bacteria) in the left shoulder and rabies vaccine in the right shoulder, and it’s over.

A pocket full of syringes. ‘Tis the life of a veterinarian.

Unless you are a drama queen. I’m looking at you, Marcello. Vanny and Cici were both ridiculously well-behaved; they’ve clearly been halter trained (and well).


All went well. Dr. Balch is a master alpaca wrangler, in addition to being a conscientious and kind vet. The visit ends with a stack of meticulously filled out paperwork, which we add to the detailed health records we keep for each animal.

Just another day in paradise, really.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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