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1 June 2014 IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING AN ADVERSE FOOD REACTION IN A POLAR BEAR (URSUS MARITIMUS) BY AN ELIMINATION DIET TRIAL
Sara Monson, Larry J. Minter, Marissa Krouse, Ryan S. De Voe
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A 16-yr-old polar bear (Ursus maritimus) presented with severe diarrhea shortly following transfer to the North Carolina Zoological Park. Multiple diagnostic procedures were performed over several months and the cause of the chronic diarrhea was inconclusive. Histologically, colonic mucosal biopsies were consistent with severe chronic eosinophilic and lymphoplasmacytic colitis with no evidence of etiologic agents present. A dietary elimination trial was conducted and an adverse food reaction to the dog chow in the diet was confirmed.

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Sara Monson, Larry J. Minter, Marissa Krouse, and Ryan S. De Voe "IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING AN ADVERSE FOOD REACTION IN A POLAR BEAR (URSUS MARITIMUS) BY AN ELIMINATION DIET TRIAL," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(2), 417-419, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0161R.1
Received: 14 July 2013; Published: 1 June 2014
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