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Cheetah VAG Report 2006

SSP/TAG:  Cheetah SSP     DATE: 18 July 2006 

VETERINARY ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name:    Randall Junge, DVM   e-mail: junge@stlzoo.org 

Address: St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110        

Phone: (day) 314-768-5487 (evening) (FAX) 314-768-5454 

MORBIDITY (Significant illnesses/issues facing this species this year): 
 

MORTALITY (Causes of death in this year):

Cause of Death     SB #   Sex  Age 
 

BIRTHS:  Males:       Females:

Number of pairs recommended for breeding:

Number of pairs bred:

Number of births:

      MALES:  mother-reared:   hand-reared:

      FEMALES: mother-reared:   hand-reared: 
 

ANESTHESTIC PROTCOLS (Please list successful and unsuccessful protocols):

Ketamine, ketamine + medetomidine, or Telazol all work well  
 

VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS (Vaccine reactions, new vaccines to be considered): 

Annual multivalent feline killed vaccine (rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) 
 

CONTRACEPTION (Methods used, successes, failures): 

ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS: 

NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: 
 
 
 

NEW HEALTH CARE RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Preshipment testing procotols have been significantly changed for cheetahs. These recommendations are the result of the Cheetah Health Management Workshop held in June 2005. The following disease monitoring recommendations were made: 

Feline Coronavirus – Ubiquitous, serology not well correlated to clinical disease. Serology at periodic exam and preship for monitoring purposes only.

Feline Herpesvirus – Ubiquitous, vaccine titers indistinguishable from exposure titers so serology of limited value.  Serology at periodic exam and preshipment for monitoring only.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV is present in wild cheetahs, and negligible in captive animals, with no associated disease. Serology at periodic exam and preshipment for monitoring only.

Feline Parvovirus -  Present in wild populations, vaccine titers indistinguishable from exposure titers so serology of limited value. No serological monitoring.

Canine Distemper virus – Evidence of infection in wild cheetah, clinical disease rare. No recommendations for serology. 

NEW SSP/TAG PROTOCOLS: 

Preshipment Health Monitoring Recommendations: 

  • Complete physical examination
  • Complete blood cell count and serum biochemical profile
  • Viral serology for  Feline Coronavirus, Feline Herpesvirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Fecal parasite examination
  • NOTE: VIRAL SEROLOGY IS FOR MONITORING ONLY AND DOES NOT DETERMINE OR AFFECT ANIMAL MOVEMENTS.
 
 
 

INFORMATION FROM THE FIELD: 

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