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Postmortal radiographic diagnosis of laminitis in a captive European moose (Alces alces)


Clauss, Marcus; Keller, A; Peemöller, A; Nygren, K; Hatt, Jean-Michel; Nuss, Karl (2009). Postmortal radiographic diagnosis of laminitis in a captive European moose (Alces alces). Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 151(11):545-549.

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A five year-old bull moose (Alces alces) was culled due to chronic hoof overgrowth that required frequent intervention. Radiographic examination revealed changes in phalangeal bone structure usually considered indicative for laminitis in domestic cattle; similar changes were absent in the hooves of a freeranging moose of similar age. The captive animal had been maintained in exhibits whose fl ooring were much harder than the soil in natural moose habitat, and on a diet with a high proportion of easily fermentable carbohydrates. These findings indicate that chronic laminitis should be considered as a potential underlying factor for hoof overgrowth, and that measures aimed at reducing the incidence of laminitis in domestic cattle, such as the use of softer fl ooring and diets with a higher proportion of fi bre, might have prophylactic potential in captive wild ruminants.

A five year-old bull moose (Alces alces) was culled due to chronic hoof overgrowth that required frequent intervention. Radiographic examination revealed changes in phalangeal bone structure usually considered indicative for laminitis in domestic cattle; similar changes were absent in the hooves of a freeranging moose of similar age. The captive animal had been maintained in exhibits whose fl ooring were much harder than the soil in natural moose habitat, and on a diet with a high proportion of easily fermentable carbohydrates. These findings indicate that chronic laminitis should be considered as a potential underlying factor for hoof overgrowth, and that measures aimed at reducing the incidence of laminitis in domestic cattle, such as the use of softer fl ooring and diets with a higher proportion of fi bre, might have prophylactic potential in captive wild ruminants.

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Other titles:Postmortal radiographisch diagnostizierte Laminitis bei einem europäischen Elch aus Menschenobhut
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:November 2009
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 07:06
Last Modified:06 May 2016 07:25
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:0036-7281
Additional Information:This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Publisher DOI:10.1024/0036-7281.151.11.545
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-23713

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