Tusk sulcus infection
Place: Dak Lak elephant Conservation Center Vietnam
Data provided by: Van Thinh Pham, DVM
Purulent discharge from the dental sulcus in an adult Asian elephant bull since a few days. The area around the sulcus was itching, demonstrated by the bull by frequent rubbing the tusk base against trees.
Frequent blowing sand in the sulcus area may also be the cause of this problem. in this case, no sand or dirt was present in the sulcus. An infection with larvae of the stomach bot (Cobboldia sp.) was suspected.
The dental sulcus area was cleaned with cotton wool and flushed with Betadine and the bull was treated with ivermectin SQ, 0,2 mg/kg BW
The sulcus lesion healed completely within 7 days.
Cobboldia (stomach bot) larvae