Loris and potto care: preventive measures and examinations
Daily / regularly during normal care:
Control for bite wounds or changes of the skin 15
Visual control of the nutritional state, see figures for weight judgement
in N. pygmaeus
(for prevention of obesity, detection of weight loss) 61
of some hard food cleaning the teeth (see table 4, organ lesions)
oil (Ribjer, pers. comm.) or special substances such as Miturat catlax
for cats, added to the food at regular intervals, may diminish the danger
of development of trichobezoars = hairballs in the intestine.
at longer intervals:
Urine dipstick tests for symptoms of diabetes and kidney disease with
dipsticks for humans (urine can easily be collected on a plastic foil spread
on the cage floor) 15.
Once per year:
Routine fecal exams, biannually 61
oral and dental examination each time a loris is examined because dental
disease may lead to disseminated bacterial infection and secondary disease
testing (upper eyelid, using mammalian old tuberculin, 0.1 cc intradermal)
blood count (CBC) 61.