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1 June 2010 Use of a Sustained Release Chlorhexidine Varnish as Treatment of Oral Necrobacillosis in Macropus spp.
Meytal Bakal-Weiss, Doron Steinberg, Michael Friedman, Irith Gati, Nili Avni-Magen, Elizabeth Kaufman, Eran Lavy
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Oral necrobacillosis or lumpy jaw is a common cause of morbidity and mortality affecting captive macropods. This article describes several cases of a new treatment regimen using a sustained release chlorhexidine varnish applied locally to the teeth and the gingivae of two Macropus species, eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus gigantus) from Gan-Garoo Australian Park and a red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus fruticus) from The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem. The varnish was applied using a horsehair paint brush as three 1- to 2-mm thick layers. The active ingredient in the varnish was the disinfectant chlorhexidine. Results indicated that use of an intraoral sustained release varnish significantly shortens the treatment time and may prevent recurrence.

Meytal Bakal-Weiss, Doron Steinberg, Michael Friedman, Irith Gati, Nili Avni-Magen, Elizabeth Kaufman, and Eran Lavy "Use of a Sustained Release Chlorhexidine Varnish as Treatment of Oral Necrobacillosis in Macropus spp.," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(2), 371-373, (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0004.1
Received: 6 January 2010; Published: 1 June 2010
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