Every mixed practitioner has had the call. The call to go and see a camel client. Assumptions are made by both owners and the vets that this will be just like treating a large horse or a pet cow. Then you arrive and the reality is very different.
Adequate restraint is crucial to a thorough exam and potential treatment protocol.
There are some basic tools available to us all to safely restrain and examine these large sometimes difficult animals.
Preventative medicine regimens (vaccines), skin issues, endoparasite control and testing form the backbone of any herd health visit. Most mixed practitioners also have to deal with reproductive health of pet camels and with the Camel Industry being identified as an Emerging Industry, domestic camel numbers are increasing in Australia .
There is also a need for some Go-To sedation and anaesthetic protocols specific for these large camelids to allow for a safe and effective veterinary visit.
Which is better? Recumbent surgery or standing sedation?
Camel injections sites.
Which samples to take when.
Which wormers are safe in camels, and what is a good protocol?
Can you use all the same antibiotics as cattle?
What is the best technique for a camel castration?
What to do with a sick camel calf.
How do I handle these animals?
Being able to answer these questions will instil confidence in the consulting veterinarian and allow for a professional assessment and exam and turn that camel client into a valuable part of the practice. This discussion will provide practical, simple, hands on information for all vets who will encounter a camel in the future.