Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets by Simon J. Girling

By Simon J. Girling

From budgies and cockatiels to chipmunks and chinchillas, our curiosity in unique pets has rocketed lately. With the home rabbit being the UK's 3rd most ordinarily stored puppy after the cat and puppy, and revenues in small mammals, reptiles and birds carrying on with to develop, unique pets have now develop into a expert zone of veterinary perform of their personal right.Veterinary Nursing of unique Pets is the 1st publication to deal with the necessity for a definitive reference e-book dedicated completely to the rules and purposes of nursing unique species. built from a urban and Guild's direction, it not just covers husbandry, meals and dealing with, but additionally explores anatomy and chemical restraint, and gives an summary of ailments and coverings.

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It is also advisable to keep noise levels down when handling avian patients, as their sense of hearing is their next best sense after sight. With these two factors borne in mind, stress and time for capture can be greatly reduced. , should be removed from the cage or box. This helps to avoid self-trauma and reduces the time needed to capture the patient. Once you have made these initial arrangements you can then confidently approach the avian patient. Equipment used in avian handling Birds of prey Techniques useful in handling avian patients There are two main categories of birds of prey – Falconiformes and Strigiformes.

Placing favourite food items inside hollowed out pieces of wood, so the bird has to pick the food out can keep a bird occupied for hours. • Thick ropes and closed chains may be used to suspend toys. However, no bird should be left unattended with these as they can easily become entangled. Avian Housing and Husbandry Positioning of the cage Correct positioning of the cage is vitally important. Wrong positioning can lead to a permanently stressed bird. Severe illness or even death may result from an incorrectly placed cage.

This differs from its more well known mammalian counterpart. There are three main differences between avian and mammalian anatomy and physiology, which are important when considering restraint: (1) Absence of a complete larynx. The bird does have a glottis, but there are no vocal cords or epiglottis to worry about on intubation. The majority of the vocal sounds a bird makes come from the syrinx, which lies at the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi. (2) Presence of complete cartilagenous rings supporting the trachea.

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