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Monday, March 20, 2006

Enjoying a sunday in the park

Snow leopard: visual examination

The snow leopard was observed as a follow up, as it had urinated either on itself or lied in its own urine. The old cat has been treated for cystitis and improvement had taken place according to the keeper. There was some dirty fur still on its hindquarters, so medicating it with meloxicam will be attempted. The geriatric cat may just need some pain relief to move more. A third possibility will be to medicate it to increase the tone of the inner urethral sphincter.

Snow Owl, balancing difficulty

Yesterday a Snow Owl was examined due to abnormal behavior and decreased balancing ability. The owl was anaesthetized and radiographs, blood, and fecal sample were taken. No clear abnormal findings were found, only possible renal or hepatic alterations. The tendency to stand unsteadily has been visible for over 2 months, so any imbalance due to poor feather confirmation would have been compensated by now. Blood results are pending. The owl took longer than normal to wake up from anesthesia.

Annual examination: Sloth

The sloth was immobilized within the enclosure by a ketamine-detomidine combo. She was then taken back to the clinic by the van. At the clinic, the sloth was kept on oxygen. No isoflurane was required. Atropine was given to not restrict the heart rate.
The following was performed
observed: eyes, teeth, fur, skin
measured : vitals
palpated : abdomen
photographed: head, body, back
radiographed: complete body
The sloth was in an overall good condition.

Friday, March 10, 2006

the second Cornsnake

Lethargic and food refusing Cornsnake
The snake appeared in general good shape, but had several times been uninterested in feed, which it normally did engulf eagerly. The following was performed: palpation, blood collection (CBC), rectal lavage and microscopic evaluation, and finally Vit B complex injection. Further treatment is pending, depending on appetite alterations and fecal+blood panel evaluation

Duiker and Cornsnakes

Duiker hoof trimming
We reset the angle and trimmed of the shoe with a Dremel and hand utensils. Since this is a small ruminant, there are some special considerations. Due to the rumen’s anatomy and physiology, one can only turn the animal on its belly (other direction may lead to aspiration). Gaseous anesthesia requires 10-20minutes longer to resolve due to the anesthetic gas diffusing into the rumen (even though the esophagus may lead it out).

Cornsnake with a small dorsal mass
A (yellow-orange) Cornsnake had a mass which was approximately 0,9 by 0,6 mm. It was 9cm form its head. A radiograph was taken taken, but no opacity was evident. An aspiration was therefore performed with a 22G needle (25G is too small). A viral isolation was planned, but not performed as the aspirated material was too small. This was my first snake treatment!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Dag en er vel over, og jeg har faatt proeve meg frem, baade faglig og sosialt! Utrolig artig med aper og oegler. Apene var inne for sin aarlige kontroll, mens oeglen ble avlivet pga kronisk sykdom. Jeg fikk dermed muligheten til aa studere effekten av (mest sannsynligvis) salmonella paa en ryggrad. En labbtest vil mest sannsynlig bekrefte denne diagnosen om noen dager.

Today I have gotten to test my knowledge within the academic and social field. Its incredible interesting working with monkeys and iguanas. The Macaque monkeys were in for their yearly physical, while the iguana was put to sleep due to a chronic neural dysorder, most probably salmonellosis. A lab test will most likely confirm this within a few days.