The vet told me to treat it with athlete's foot medication. That is all very well, except that I can't catch her. So...I bought the medicine and waited until I could put it on her. I hand feed pellets to the alpacas every morning and I can pet their chins but they shy away whenever I reach for them. Finally, last week, I was able to reach under and grab Thelma's catch lead, a six inch lead that stays attached to her halter. I really don't like leaving the halters on them but I am still trying to tame them. Of course, I didn't have the medicine on me, but I was able to loosen her halter. It was really hard to do! The nylon was stiff and the halter was snug on her face. I was afraid I'd lose Thelma with all the juggling I was doing and my fingers aren't very strong, but I managed to loosen her halter one notch. The funny thing about the alpacas is that they are very, very timid about getting caught, but once they are, they are easily handled. Not like a horse at all. They don't fight after the initial, "Uh oh, you can't catch me." So I loosened her halter and then I let her go. I was able to recatch her almost immediately too. Food sure helps!
Next morning, I tried again, this time with the medicine in my pocket. Success! I caught her and rubbed the medicating cream into her bald spots. She has a long way to go before I can just catch her but I am optimistic that I'm getting there. I sure hope the cream medication does the job now because I hate seeing her beautiful coat so contaminated.
Today, my son and daughter helped catch Louise for me. And she spat at us! Yuck!! Fortunately, she didn't dredge everything up from her stomach first. It wasn't as nasty as I'd expected. Anyway, we loosened her halter a notch. I reached over to feel her stomach and she kicked at me. I think she is feeling extremely touchy from being so pregnant. Hopefully, after she births, and in a few months, her personality will improve.
We caught Thelma and I was again able to treat her bald spots with the fungus cream. I found out that she likes animal crackers. I joked to her that she was eating her cousin when I fed her a camel cookie. I'm happy to report that she's getting easier and easier to handle. We actually let her go and recaught her. I know she's feeling more comfortable getting caught because now she'll eat while she's caught.
We also discussed plans for building a loafing shed for the alpacas. I'm thinking we'll build it 8 x 16 with a slanted roof, facing east. This is going to be a new experience for us, building something. Anyone have any ideas for us?
Skin Starts Itching - song: Lust for Life, artist: Iggy Pop