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Pocket Pets

  1. 1. POCKET PETS (Life Beyond RATS class) By Dr. Bret Meckel
  2. 2. Rabbits (5-7yrs) <ul><li>Restraint (not the rabbit ears!) </li></ul><ul><li>Anesthesia </li></ul><ul><li>Spay/ Neuter = induced ovulators </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Op </li></ul><ul><li>Blooddraw </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Auricular Artery (or jugular) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Rabbits (cont) <ul><li>Dental disease – continuously erupting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The slobbering bunny - malocclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teeth trimming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Otoscope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respiratory Disease </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The snuffles” = pasturella bacteria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digestive Disorders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trichobezor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enteritis Antibiotics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Urinalysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s normal?? Yellow to Bright Orange </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Ferrets (7-10yrs) <ul><li>Think “tubular smelly cat” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mustelids – preneutered and descented </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Curiosity REALLY killed the ferret </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrichment vs free range </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sexy beast! male vs female </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccinations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distemper + Rabies + HW prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Restraint = scruff </li></ul><ul><li>PE - remember LN’s </li></ul><ul><li>Bloodraws = jugular </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ferrets (cont) <ul><li>Common conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anorexia + vomiting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lymphoma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enlarged LN’s prescapular + popliteal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyperestrogenism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unspayed females </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Rodent Pets (2-3yrs) except GP’s = 7-8yrs <ul><li>Careful with Antibiotics! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lethal diarrhea </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hamsters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Wet tail” = diarrhea (bacterial) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dental Malocclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Respiratory Disease </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic (esp. mice and rats) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guinea pigs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need Vitamin C = scurvy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bumblefoot = Staph infection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Lumps” = Strep infection = casseous </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Hedgehogs (4-5 yrs) <ul><li>Insectivores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High protein diet (kitten chow) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quills = ouch! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hiss” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Glass Pane or anesthesia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Itchy! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bloodraw </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good luck! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sugar Gliders (10-12yrs) <ul><li>= Marsupials </li></ul><ul><li>Husbandry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nocturnal – Nest Box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need lots of space = climbers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruits and Insects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Neuter >> Spay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sevo or Iso </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just like cat! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Remember… <ul><li>Go Internet!! </li></ul>

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