Selection of proper feeds to assist in the dental management of carnivores

Citation

Briggs MB, Scheels J. 2005. Selection of proper feeds to assist in the dental management of carnivores. In Graffam W, Hellinga D, Maslanka M, Ward A, Eds. Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Omaha, NE.

Abstract

Proper dental care of carnivores in a zoological setting is of utmost concern among zoo professionals. Dental health is based on nutrition, environment, and overall animal health. This paper deals with the nutritional aspect of carnivore health. Zoo carnivores are able to survive on a variety of diets in captivity, but in order to assure proper dental health, feeds which imitate the natural diet are more likely to maintain dental health than feed which is foreign to the animal.

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