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Help and Support for those affected by Bovine TB in Alpacas & Llamas
One question I get asked over and over again from concerned alpaca owners are about symptoms of TB. As you know symptoms do vary but in my case and several other TB infected owners coughing was a symptom -
Below you will see a link to a video clip of my 4th loss Raphael. This clip was taken 4 days before he was Euthanized and was taken by Dr Gina Bromage and her husband Peter.
There are 2 reasons for this Video.
1. To show you not all TB infected alpacas lose a lot of weight which is a sign many people ONLY look out for -
2. Secondly to show you the cough now known as THAT COUGH and how different this cough is to the usual cough they make when they have eaten too quickly or swallowed a piece of hay that has tickled their throat. So hopefully it will put your mind at rest. Before this video was taken I was constantly asked “what does the cough sound like” and that is the reason I took this video.
I sent this clip to my fellow TB sufferers who had coughing as a symptom and THEY ALL replied to me saying this was the exact same cough as they had. It therefore isn't a coincidence.
Please note they DO NOT cough continually all day – they may only cough like this about 3 or 4 times a day and it can be just 3 – 4 coughs at a time -
I am not saying for one minute that if your alpaca coughs like this it has TB -
Click on the link below to watch the video and by the way -