Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
Print version ISSN 0100-736X
BATISTA, Jael S. et al. Diseases of agouti (Dasyprocta aguti) raised in captivity diagnosed by pathological examination. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.6, pp. 497-502. ISSN 0100-736X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-736X2010000600005.
Necroscopic examination is remarkably useful to diagnose wild animal's diseases. In several occasions the clinical signs are not charactheristic as in domestic animals and the occurrence of death in asymptomatic animals is frequent. Thus, the present work aimed to accomplish a retrospective study on agouti diseases diagnosed by pathological examination in the Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, Federal Rural University of the Semi-arid, through January 2006 to December 2006. In 32 agoutis submitted to the necropsy, the percentage of diagnosed diseases was: perinatal death due hypothermia/ inanition complex (21.6%), obstructive urolithiasis (6.24%), dystocia (6.24%), cecum sablosis (6.24%), intussusceptions (3.20%), fecaloma (3.20%) and esophagus obstruction (3.20%). A total of 16 (50.08%) animals remained undiagnosed in which nine (28.48%) showed advanced autolysis and seven (21.60%) agouti had none macroscopic or microscopic lesions compatible with any disease. The present article presents reports of some diseases not yet diagnosed in agoutis and these results may produce literature review about the pathologic aspects of these diseases in this species.
Keywords : Rodent; necropsy; Dasyprocta aguti; agouti pathologies.