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Secondary nutritional hyerparathyroidism associated with viltamin D deficiency in two domestic skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
  1. C.S. Hanley, DVM1,
  2. G.H. Wilson, DVM, DABVP1 and
  3. S.J. Hernandez-Divers, BVEtMed, CZooMed, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine Service, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
  1. Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA


Two privately owned domestic skunks (Mephitis mephitis) developed clinical signs of hyperparathyroidism. Survey radiographs, complete blood counts and biochemical profiles, including the concentrations of ionised calcium, parathyroid hormone and 25-(OH)-vitamin D, established that they were deficient in vitamin D and had secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism. They both responded to treatment, as well as to changes in their diet, and levels of exercise and exposure to sunlight.

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