So we got our guard llama Fancy in 2006 at 6 years of age. She was difficult from the beginning. She kicked me when she arrived, and it has been downhill ever since. She spit, kicked and cried like she was being beaten whenever we tried to help her with toe trimming, shearing or immunizations.
She had an eye tumor removed under sedation by the vet and ever since then she has been prone to eye infections. We would give her a shot of antibiotic, it would clear up and then come back again. Then she went deaf, and then blind in one eye. When I checked her last August she was in fine condition but then when I checked her in January she was quite thin.
I made the decision to give her extra food with wetted alfalfa cubes and grain to see if I could get weight on her as well as an antibiotic injection. Although she acted OK she couldn’t get up while we were away, and she was still quite thin. We decided to put her down. It is a hard decision because we could have decided to get the vet to see if there was a fixable problem with her weight, but she was already deaf and mostly blind as well as 17 years old. As a guard llama she was not going to be able to do her job anymore. But we did spend a lot of money removing the eye of our ancient house cat who is not going to be a good mouser anymore. These decisions are hard. But I have to tell myself we are not an animal rescue, and we cannot spend unlimited money on these animals. But it is still hard.