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Monday, April 03, 2006

Hippo, skin, wound/abscess, visual examination

There are now two hippos with skin lesions. There placement, size, and stage differ. See images for visual impression. There are also systemic signs: decreased appetite and depression according to the keepers.
A skin flake was collected for analysis. More research has to be done, so until more is known, we are attempting to give them amoxicillin by oral bolus. As this isn't always successful, we are also ordering a liquid solution. The difficulty is making the proper flavor, and making them drink/eat 600ml each day. This isn’t easy. If you were a hippo, would you eat 3 tennis balls coated with some fruit flavor, knowing that the rest tastes bad?


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