Dietary factors associated with faecal consistency and other indicators of gastrointestinal health in the captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

WHITEHOUSE-TEDD, K.M., LEFEBVRE, S.L. and JANSSENS, G.P.J., 2015. Dietary factors associated with faecal consistency and other indicators of gastrointestinal health in the captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). PLoS ONE, 2 (4). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Gastrointestinal diseases pose significant risks to captive cheetah survival and welfare. Multiple factors are thought to be associated with these diseases, but to date a comprehensive epidemiological survey of disease risk factors has not been conducted. A survey of diet and health parameters was completed for 184 captive cheetahs in 86 international facilities. Comparisons were made among dietary factors with respect to disease status and observed faecal consistency, incidence of vomiting and diarrhoea in the past 4 weeks. Extremely dry faeces were most common in cheetahs fed carcasses, but was still of low incidence (15%). Contrastingly, cheetahs fed commercially prepared diets had the highest prevalence of liquid faeces “ always ” or “ often ” (9%). Cheetahs fed raw meat diets had the highest prevalence of soft faeces with no shape (22%), as well as of firm and dry faeces (40%).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Creators: Whitehouse-Tedd, K.M., Lefebvre, S.L. and Janssens, G.P.J.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Place of Publication: San Francisco, CA
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
Number: 4
ISSN: 1932-6203
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10.1371/journal.pone.0120903DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:30
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13298

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