By Simon J. Girling

Veterinary Nursing of unique Pets is the definitive reference e-book at the ideas and perform of nursing unique species. From rabbits and chinchillas to budgies and iguanas, it not just covers husbandry, nutrients and dealing with, yet presents an summary of illnesses and coverings, and explores anatomy and chemical restraint. The redesigned format and entire color paintings make it faster and more straightforward to discover precisely what you’re taking a look for.
New insurance for this revised and enlarged moment variation comprises: emergency and demanding care, radiography, and small marsupials equivalent to sugargliders. as well as the thorough factors of acceptable home-care so that it will aid you expectantly recommend consumers, the ebook now additionally covers the care of hospitalised exotics.
Key features:
• presents an knowing of the fundamentals of ailments, husbandry, anatomy and body structure of unique pets as defined via the RCVS examinations
• supplies veterinary nurses the arrogance to debate unique pets with consumers by way of delivering a fantastic wisdom base in those species.
• This booklet acts as a significant other to town and Guilds NVQ point four an identical qualification "Veterinary Nursing of unique Species".
Suitable for veterinary nurses, veterinary technicians and veterinary scholars.

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MARSUPIALS Rabbit hutches and runs may be adapted for use but some facility for climbing should be provided. Substrate can be shredded paper, shavings or bark. Environmental temperature ranges of 12–25°C should be achieved with relative humidity levels above 60%. Social grouping Sugar glider They are social animals and should not be kept singly as self-mutilation may occur. The most suitable group structure is to keep an adult male and an adult female together plus young. The young in a breeding pair of adults will usually comprise last year’s joeys plus the current year’s joeys in the pouch.

For more rigorous restraint, the gerbil may be grasped by the scruff between thumb 38 Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets PA R T I : S M A L L M A M M A L S up the chinchilla calmly and quickly with minimal restraint, placing one hand around the pectoral girdle from the dorsal aspect just behind the front legs, and the other hand cupping the hind legs and supporting the chinchilla’s weight. Degus may be handled in a similar fashion, although they are less prone to fur-slip. 4 Method for restraining a hamster.

Chinchilla Space requirements for chinchillas are greater than for guinea pigs as they are extremely active. Recommendations include enclosures in excess of 2 m3. They appreciate vertical space, unlike the ground-dwelling guinea pig. Cage construction should be of wire mesh, with a solid or mesh floor. This is because chinchillas are particularly good at chewing wood, and rapidly destroy wooden hutches. Chinchillas prefer an actual nest box rather than plentiful substrate. This should ideally be 20 cm3 or more in size and can be lined with hay or straw, although the rest of the cage is often left bare.

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