Diseases of Small Domestic Rodents by Virginia C. G. Richardson

By Virginia C. G. Richardson

Textual content offers details at the maintenance of assorted species of rodents stored as pets. Discusses chinchillas, chipmunks, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats, jirds, and degus. contains sections on anesthesia and specified info on drugs. gains useful info on husbandry, nutrients, and overall healthiness. Halftone illustrations. for college kids. Softcover.

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If the teats are very sore the young should be hand reared or fostered. Caked milk glands Clinical signs: Sometimes teats may become caked with excess milk, which dries and makes the teat inaccessible. This may occur if the female produces more milk than her young can drain off, or if she develops her milk supply prematurely before the young are born. The females should be checked for caked glands while they are susceptible, from 1 week before parturition through to the first 3 weeks of lactation.

The kits are born at an advanced state of development, and are often very lively soon after delivery. Surgical procedure: For details of anaesthesia and surgical preparation see Chapter 3. The chinchilla is placed in dorsal recumbency and the surgery carried out through a midline incision. The uterus should be opened close to its bifurcation, and the young and placentas delivered 18 Chinchillas through this incision. The wound should then be closed using an inverting continuous suture of catgut or other absorbable thread.

Inflammation of the nares Inflammation may occur as a single entity, associated with slobbers, or as a precursor to upper respiratory tract infection. The affected chinchilla may rub its nose frequently; only occasionally is there a nasal discharge. Sometimes an affected chinchilla may die suddenly: this is because in some instances the infection damages the nasal sinuses and the inflammation leads to meningitis. Treatment: Antibiotic therapy (Tx 1±6) will prevent the progression of infection. It may be useful to flush the nasal passages with antibiotic.

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