Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry

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 nursing care, giving veterinary staff the information they need to work with these less-common patients. 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.
About The Author

Ron E. Banks, DVM, DACLAM, DACVPM, CPIA, is the Director of the Office of Animal Welfare at Duke University.

Julie M. Sharp, DVM, is a veterinarian at the Office of Animal Welfare at Duke University.

Sonia D. Doss, M.Ed., RLATG, is a veterinary technologist at the Office of Animal Welfare at Duke University.

Deborah A. Vanderford, DVM, is a veterinarian at the Office of Animal Welfare at Duke University.

Table of Contents

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

Color plate appears between pages 80 and 81

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