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J Zoo Wildl Med. 2012 Sep;43(3):678-81.

Cefovecin (Convenia) for the treatment of septic peritonitis in a female lion (Panthera leo).

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University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, USA. jsteeil@utk.edu

Abstract

An 8-yr-old intact female African lion (Panthera leo) presented with a 3-day history of lethargy, anorexia, and vomiting. Hematologic and biochemical abnormalities included a leukocytosis, 41,700/microl (4,700-15,300) with a neutrophilia (37,530/microl; 2,000-9,200) and a left shift (1,250/microl bands; 0-300), and mild hypokalemia of 2.1 mEq/L (2.8-4.8). Abdominal radiographs revealed evidence of intestinal ileus, peritonitis, and the presence of effusion. An exploratory laparotomy was performed, and septic peritonitis due to a pyometra was diagnosed. The lion was treated with an ovariohysterectomy, abdominal lavage, fluid therapy, and a subcutaneous injection of cefovecin. The lion recovered, and clinical signs associated with septic peritonitis resolved within 36 hr. It was returned to conspecifics 3 wk later. Three months postoperatively, the lion showed no residual signs of septic peritonitis.

PMID:
23082542
DOI:
10.1638/2012-0038R.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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