Pilchuck Adds Goats, Llamas, Alpacas to Patient Lineup

Published on July 18, 2017

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, one of the largest mixed-animal veterinary hospitals in the country, has added small ruminants and camelids to its roster of patients. Part of the Western Washington community since 1963, the veterinary hospital announced recently that it would once again be seeing goats, llamas and alpacas for routine appointments, as well as for 24/7 emergency care. 

Pilchuck veterinarians who will be caring for small ruminant and camelid patients are Dr. Brandi Holohan, Dr. Annie King and Dr. Liana Wiegel, all part of Pilchuck’s equine ambulatory department. In addition, the hospital’s board-certified specialists and surgeons will be available to see goats, llamas and alpacas on a referral basis, through Pilchuck’s large-animal referral hospital. 

Dr. Stephanie Meyer, who leads the equine ambulatory department, said, “A distinguishing factor in Pilchuck’s history is providing veterinary care for many different kinds of animals. Given the number of people in our area with goats, llamas and alpacas, we felt there was a real need to expand our services beyond our equine, canine and feline patients.” Small ruminant and camelid care at Pilchuck includes:

--Wellness examinations
--Routine vaccines and deworming
--Laboratory testing (CAE, CL, pregnancy, etc.)
--Foot trimming
--Emergency care
--Referral hospital services

Dr. Meyer continued, “Drs. Holohan, King and Wiegel all have a special interest in seeing small ruminants and camelids in their practices. We’re happy to again offer the community veterinary care for their goats, llamas and alpacas.”
For appointments or emergency care, please call Pilchuck at 360.568.3111.

About Ruminants and Camelids
Don’t feel sheepish if you’re not sure what a ruminant is. We won’t get your goat about it! Ruminants include any of the various hoofed, even-toed, usually horned mammals of the suborder Ruminantia, such as cattle, sheep, goats, camels, deer and giraffes. In that company, it is easy to see why sheep and goats are often referred to as “small ruminants.” Ruminants characteristically have a stomach divided into four compartments and chew a cud consisting of regurgitated, partially digested food. Members of the Camelid family (camels, llamas, alpacas) are actually in the suborder Tylopoda. They are sometimes referred to as “pseudo” or “modified” ruminants because they have a three-compartment stomach instead of four. 

About Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
From the newborn kitten to the elderly horse, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital’s experienced veterinarians and nursing team provide compassionate and innovative care, tailored to each animal’s needs. A large mixed-animal practice that offers 24/7 emergency care, Pilchuck sees dogs and cats, equine patients, and small ruminants and camelids. Founded in 1963, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital is the future of veterinary medicine in your community today. Online: pilchuckvet.com

Pilchuck veterinarians are available for interviews, for background information on animal health topics, and to serve as expert sources. To set up a call, please contact Charlotte Compton at publicrelations@pilchuckvet.com or 415 351 8675.

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