Newton Al. 2011. Nutritional pathology 101: common post mortem lesions of nutritional deficiencies and excess across taxa. In Ward A, Coslik A, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Kansas City, MO.
The wide variety of lifestyle, digestive tract, and physiologic adaptations that exist across taxa result in an expansive array of nutritional needs and sensitivities, which can result in inadvertent essential nutrient excesses or deficiencies that result in disease (Barboza et al., 2009; Dierenfeld, 1997). While the incidence of nutrition related disease has seen a steady decline in veterinary pathology with the advent of specialists in comparative animal nutrition, these processes are seen with sufficient frequency that a basic knowledge of their post-mortem appearance is valuable in the evaluation of individual patients or in patterns of morbidity and mortality in larger groups of animals.10_Newton.pdf     116 KB