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Maria S. Ferrer DVM, MS1, Kara L. Schulz DVM, MS2, and David E. Anderson DVM, MS3
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  • 1 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
  • | 2 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
  • | 3 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
History

A 2-year-old primiparous female Suri alpaca (Vicugna pacos) was referred to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Kansas State University because of dystocia. The dystocia developed during abortion at 9 months of gestation. The alpaca had been in labor for 8 to 10 hours prior to admission.

Physical examination findings at the time of admission were within anticipated limits. Results of a CBC and serum biochemical analysis revealed a low PCV (21%; reference range, 27% to 45%), low total protein concentration (4.7 g/dL; reference range, 5.2 to 8.9 g/dL), and hyperglycemia (254 mg/dL; reference range, 74 to

Contributor Notes

Dr. Ferrer's present address is Department of Large Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30605.

Dr. Schulz's present address is Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843.

Dr. Anderson's present address is Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Address correspondence to Dr. Ferrer (msferrer@uga.edu).