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Sykes J.M.,Wildlife Conservation Society | Klaphake E.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Clinics in Laboratory Medicine

The basic principles of hematology used in mammalian medicine can be applied to reptiles. The appearances of the blood cells are significantly different from those seen in most mammals, and vary with taxa and staining method used. Many causes for abnormalities of the reptilian hemogram are similar to those for mammals, although additional factors such as venipuncture site, season, hibernation status, captivity status, and environmental factors can also affect values, making interpretation of hematologic results challenging. Values in an individual should be compared with reference ranges specific to that species, gender, and environmental conditions when available. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

Dadone L.I.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Haussler K.K.,Colorado State University | Marsden M.,Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic | Gaynor J.,Peak Performance | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

A 2-yr-old male reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) presented with severe midcervical segmental torticollis upon arrival as an incoming shipment. Despite initial medical management, the giraffe developed marked neck sensitivity, focal muscle spasms, and decreased cervical range of motion. Using operant conditioning to assist patient positioning and tolerance to cervical manipulation, a series of manually applied chiropractic treatments were applied to the affected cervical vertebrae in an effort to restore normal cervical mobility. Laser therapy and cervical range of motion exercises were also used to reduce cervical muscle hypertonicity. The combined application of these nontraditional therapies produced marked clinical improvement. This case highlights the potential benefits of combining traditional medical management with chiropractic treatment and physical therapy techniques for management of severe acute-onset torticollis in a giraffe. Copyright 2013 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Source

Moresco A.,Reproductive Health Surveillance Program Moresco | Dadone L.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Arble J.,Veterinary Imaging Consultants | Klaphake E.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Agnew D.W.,Michigan State University
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Contraception is necessary to manage zoo animal populations and to be able to house animals in groups without producing additional unwanted offspring. In felids and canids, an association between exposure to progestins and the occurrence of endometrial and mammary gland pathology has been documented. Therefore, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Wildlife Contraceptive Center recommends the use of deslorelin acetate for long-term contraception in carnivores. Return to cyclicity after deslorelin treatment has been variable; some individuals show ovarian suppression for long periods after the expected end of the deslorelin efficacy. In an attempt to reduce the time to reversal, techniques to locate and remove previous implants are being developed. This report documents the successful implementation of high-frequency ultrasonography in lions (Panthera leo) to locate and direct surgical removal of multiple deslorelin implants placed at least 2 yr previously as well as the return of follicular activity in both females at 7 months post-removal of implants. © 2014 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Source

Dadone L.I.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Schilz A.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Friedman S.G.,Utah State University | Bredahl J.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | And 2 more authors.
Zoo Biology

For a large herd of reticulated giraffes, a mainly operant-based training program was created for front foot radiographs and hoof trims in an effort to diagnose and better manage lameness. Behaviors were shaped in a restricted contact set-up, using a positive reinforcement procedure to teach a series of mastered cued behaviors. This training was used to obtain lateral and lateral oblique front foot radiographs for the entire herd. Radiographs were diagnostic for multiple possible causes of lameness including fractures and osteitis of the distal phalangeal bone, hoof overgrowth, osteoarthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint, rotation of the distal phalangeal bone, sesamoid bone cysts, and sole foreign bodies. By training giraffe for foot radiographs and hoof trims, potential causes of lameness could be identified and better managed. Long-term, the results may help zoos identify best practices for managing and preventing lameness in giraffe. Zoo Biol. 35:228–236, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Dadone L.I.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Garner M.M.,Northwest ZooPath | Klaphake E.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Johnston M.S.,Colorado State University | Han S.,Colorado State University
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

An 8-yr-old female slender-tailed meerkat (Suricata suricatta) presented with a necrotic sublingual mass and osteolysis of the mandible. After 1 mo of palliative care, the meerkat was euthanized. The mass was diagnosed histologically as an anaplastic carcinoma with extensive rostral mandibular destruction. Immunohistochemistry for vimentin and cytokeratin was validated in this nontypical species and showed that neoplastic cells expressed both mesenchymal and epithelial characteristics, suggestive of a primitive and poorly differentiated tumor. A review of 150 adult slender-tailed meerkat histopathology reports showed a 2% prevalence of orofacial neoplasia, suggesting that oral neoplasms are uncommon in meerkats. © 2014 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Source

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