Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Online ISSN : 1347-7439
Print ISSN : 0916-7250
ISSN-L : 0916-7250
Wildlife Science
Novel treatment for chronic pododermatitis in an Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) with Mohs’ paste
Nobuhide KIDOSohei TANAKATomoko OMIYAYasuyuki SHOJIMasaru SENZAKISayuri HANZAWAMasato ANDOTomohiro OSAKIHitoshi HATAINoriaki MIYOSHITatsuro HIFUMINaomi SUZUKIShigehisa KAWAKAMI
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2018 年 80 巻 12 号 p. 1834-1838


Asian and African elephants are frequently afflicted by foot disorders that can be very challenging to manage even with aggressive therapy. Such conditions may have indirect life-threatening effects. Mohs’ paste (zinc chloride based escharotic agent) was used to treat a female Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) aged 39 years with foot disorder at Kanazawa Zoological Gardens. Degenerated hyperplastic tissue was observed inside the hoofs of digits 2 and 5. Mohs’ paste was applied on the lesions, which coagulated the hyperplastic tissue and restrained its proliferation. Subsequently, the hyperplastic tissue could be trimmed with little pain, and the disorder became manageable. Mohs’ paste treatment was effective and is expected to be an alternative treatment for hoof disorder.


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