Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry

  • ID: 2221822
  • Book
  • 190 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry is a practical reference for assessing, handling, and treating small exotic animals in the veterinary clinic. Covering common species such as mice, hamsters, rabbits, and ferrets, the book focuses on the basics of well–being in these less–common patients, including  housing, nutrition, enrichment, and diseases. With information on basic anatomy, preventative care, and common diseases,Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of caring for small exotic mammals and communicating with owners.

In addition to introductory chapters with general information on the enrichment of these species and preventative medicine, the bulk of the book is devoted to species–specific chapters.  Each species chapter takes a common format for ease of use, with information encompassing common breeds, reproduction, clinical techniques, treatment, and laboratory values.  Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry is a useful guide for veterinary technicians and veterinarians seeing a wide range of small exotic patients.

Key features:

  • Practical guide for assessing, handling, and treating small exotic animals
  • Covers popular species such as rabbits, ferrets, and rodents
  • Focuses on the basics of well–being in these less–common patients
  • Takes a user–friendly approach with species chapters following a common format
  • Provides information ranging from anatomy and preventative care to clinical techniques and common diseases
  • Includes a chapter on enrichment, an important consideration for keeping these animals as pets
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Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 3

2 Enrichment 11

3 Preventive Medicine 21

4 Rabbits 49

5 Ferrets 61

6 Mice 73

7 Rats 81

8 Gerbils 93

9 Hamsters 103

10 Guinea pigs 115

11 Chinchillas 125

12 Degus 137

13 Hedgehogs 143

14 Sugar Gliders 157

15 Opossums 169

Index 175

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Ron E. Banks
Julie M. Sharp
Sonia D. Doss
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