Abstract # 13409 Event # 79:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 04:15 PM-04:30 PM: (Room 309) Symposium


THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ASSESSING THE WELL-BEING OF ANIMALS WHILE BEING TREATED IN THEIR GROUPS

P. Otovic
Primate Products LLC, 34200 Doctors Hammock Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142, USA
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Altering a monkey’s physical and social environment may cause stress that can adversely affect different physiological systems. Diarrhea and trauma, the two most common causes of morbidity in primates, rely on proper physiological functioning for their resolution. Therefore, at PPI, we maintain most long-tailed macaques (Macaca  fascicularis) with these conditions within their social groups and have observed improved well-being in group-treated (n= 156) versus isolated animals (n= 24). Mean time needed for resolving diarrhea cases was 7.3 days among group-treated animals and 12.6 days in individuals treated outside their social environment. These preliminary results suggest that, when feasible, macaques will benefit from receiving clinical treatment within their familiar social environment.