Bone marrow fat analysis as a diagnostic tool to document ante-mortem starvation.
Troy I Raglus, Bert De Groef, Simone Rochfort, Grant Rawlin, Christina McCowan
The Veterinary Journal | Elsevier | Published : 2019
Veterinary diagnostic clinicians are increasingly presented with emaciated animals involved in suspected neglect cases. A rise in public awareness and media attention towards animal welfare, combined with changes in legislation and a demand for a higher standard of evidence be presented in animal neglect cases submitted for prosecutions, have created a need for an objective measurement of starvation, particularly given the lack of quantitative assessments at post-mortem examinations. Bone marrow fat (BMF) is the final fat reserve to be mobilised for energy by a calorie-deprived animal during a state of emaciation. Percentage of BMF has been used to study starvation in several species and may..View full abstract