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1 March 2017 CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF THIRD PHALANX FRACTURES IN LESSER (TRAGELAPHUS IMBERBIS) AND GREATER KUDU (TRAGELAPHUS STREPSICEROS)
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Two greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) and one lesser kudu (T. imberbis) from two zoological institutions presented with overgrown front hooves, and were diagnosed with fractures of the third phalanges in the affected digits. Both greater kudu had milder lamenesses at diagnosis, and were managed conservatively with hoof trims, stall rest, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Ongoing management through regular hoof trims led to improvement and eventual resolution of lameness. The more severely lame lesser kudu received hoof blocks on the front claws not associated with fractured phalanges. This therapy was well tolerated and resulted in resolution of lameness immediately after application. Radiographic evidence of healing was present 8 wk posttherapy. Diagnosis of these fractures was greatly aided by radiographic views obtained at a 45° oblique angle with the claws distracted.

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Anne E. Rivas, Jennifer C. Hausmann, John Gieche, Roberta Wallace, Cooper Williams, and Ellen Bronson "CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF THIRD PHALANX FRACTURES IN LESSER (TRAGELAPHUS IMBERBIS) AND GREATER KUDU (TRAGELAPHUS STREPSICEROS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(1), 171-178, (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0126.1
Received: 12 June 2016; Published: 1 March 2017
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