Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Case Study Volume 3 Issue 11

A Case Study on an Unusual but Remediable Incident of Hyperlipidemia in a Female Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) Housed at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling Category: Case Study

Joy Dey1, Prishka Pariyar2* and Basavaraj Holeyachi3

1Assistant Director cum Veterinary Officer, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, India
2Scholar, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, India
3IFS, Director, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, India

*Corresponding Author: Prishka Pariyar, Scholar, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, India.

Received: October 14, 2021; Published: October 26, 2021



The present case study reports a secondary case of hyperlipidemia during the routine blood examination in a female snow leopard aged eleven, weighing almost 31 Kgs, housed at the captive breeding center of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling. The animal showed no visible symptoms and the diagnosis was based on the visual assessments of serum that was observed to be milky-white, followed by laboratory tests that confirmed high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Further, the absence of a creamy layer on overnight refrigeration of the blood sample suggested that the lipemia and subsequent hyperlipidemia were caused due to elevated levels of either VLDL, LDL, or HDL. Medication with drugs such as Saroglitazar tablets at a dose of 4 mg/day for thirty days was prescribed, apart from reducing the feed quantity. Blood samples were recollected after a month of treatment, and the serum sample was observed to be normal, straw-colored. The serology reports were also found to be within the reference range prescribed by Species 360. Since disease-related threats to snow leopards are crucial yet less known, our study can be useful to the zoo clinicians for future references, while maintaining these vulnerable species under various captive facilities.

Keywords: Captive Snow Leopards; Milky White Serum; Cholesterol; Triglycerides



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Citation: Joy Dey., et al. “A Case Study on an Unusual but Remediable Incident of Hyperlipidemia in a Female Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) Housed at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling Category: Case Study". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 3.11 (2021): 61-64.


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