Dental Disease and Serous Atrophy of Fat Syndome in Captive Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Author(s)Kitty E. Enqvist, DVM, Janice I. Chu, VMD, Charles A. Williams, DVM, Dipl AVDC, Donald K. Nichols, DVM, Dipl ACVP, and Richard J. Montali, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Dipl ACZM
Year Published2003
JournalAAZV Conference Proceedings
Page Numbers263-263
Size74.55 KB
Abstract:

A condition characterized by serous atrophy of fat (SAF) has been reported as leading to peracute mortality in a number of giraffes at several institutions during the last 3 decades. These mortalities were originally attributed to insufficient protein and high fiber diets but were also associated with stress, other nutritional imbalances, and infectious and toxic conditions. A recent report attributes similar giraffe morbidity and mortality to hypoglycemia and chronic energy malnutrition mainly in younger giraffes.

Key Words: Serous atrophy of fat, dentition, mortality, giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, diet, malnutrition, morbidity

Authors: Kitty E. Enqvist, DVM, Janice I. Chu, VMD, Charles A. Williams, DVM, Dipl AVDC, Donald K. Nichols, DVM, Dipl ACVP, and Richard J. Montali, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Dipl ACZM

Journal: 2003 AAZV Conference Proceedings


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