Evaluation of the use of coconut to treat chronic diarrhea in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

Jennifer L. Wilk, G. M. Maginnis, Kristine Coleman, Anne Lewis, B. Ogden

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    Background: Chronic diarrhea can be challenging to manage in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) leading to ongoing diagnostics, medications, monitoring, and potential euthanasia. Coconut has been used as a dietary supplement for people with inflammatory bowel disease, with anecdotal reports of decreased diarrhea following the dietary addition. A dietary trial in rhesus macaques was initiated to evaluate the hypothesis that dietary coconut decreases symptoms of chronic diarrhea in rhesus macaques. Methods: Ten rhesus macaques with chronic diarrhea were selected for the trial. Five of the subjects were fed coconut macaroons and five of the subjects were fed a sham cookie. Stool consistency was monitored daily for both groups. Results and conclusions: Data of chi-squared analysis obtained from eight rhesus macaques with chronic diarrhea showed that the use of coconut macaroons as a dietary supplement did not have a statistically significant effect on their diarrhea.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)271-276
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Medical Primatology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)

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