Elephant medicine is challenging. Diagnosis and treatment options are limited not only by the size of the elephant, but also by the limitations of our knowledge. Elephants may succumb to disorders unique to their species or to conditions that are readily resolved in other species. The link below, Table 1, shows the normal physiological values for elephants.
Every elephant facility must have employed (or under contract) a veterinarian with experience in large mammal medicine and some knowledge of elephant medical management to direct the routine health care, monitoring, and treatment of the elephants. This individual or designate must be available at all times. In the case of all medical emergencies, this individual must be able to manage the elephant’s treatment or identify and contract the appropriate veterinarians for assistance.
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