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Ch._7_rodents_ferrets_and_lagomorphs_part_1.ppt

Ch._7_rodents_ferrets_and_lagomorphs_part_1.ppt - Chapter 7...

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Introduction Rodents and lagomorphs contribute to health and well being of humans Proper husbandry including nutrition imperative for health of these species Rodents seen most often in captive settings include: Zoos capybara, agouti, prairie dogs, kangaroo rat, etc. guinea pigs, porcupines, woodchucks, naked mole-rats, degus, etc. Pets Norway rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, degus, prairie dogs Research Laboratory Norway rat (varieties), mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc
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Health Rabies is rarely reported, but possible (keep in mind ANY mammal can be infected with this virus!!) Rabies virus infection in a pet guinea pig and seven pet rabbits. Eidson M, Matthews SD, Willsey AL, Cherry B, Rudd RJ, Trimarchi CV. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005 Sep 15;227(6):932-5, 918. Rabies in two privately owned domestic rabbits. Karp BE, Ball NE, Scott CR, Walcoff JB. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1999 Dec 15;215(12):1824-7, 1806.
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Chinchillas Rodent related to the guinea pig Natural habitat 2 species lanigera most common brevicaudata have smaller ears, shorter tail On endangered list in U.S. since 1976 Trappers hunted them to near extinction in early 20 th century Valuable furs Todays furs are from commercially raised animals
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Chinchillas Great pets Clean and odorless Friendly, rarely bite, good for children Life span Size Soft, dense fur with many color variations Broad head with large external pinna Used in biomedical research
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Chinchillas Crepuscular and nocturnal, but also active in day Teeth continuously grow Females larger and more dominant than males
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Chinchillas Active, need a large wire cage Pan for dust baths-change regularly Love to climb, hide Caution with wire mesh flooring Group housed Watch for aggression Will chew on anything chew toys such as wooden blocks, bird toys, pumice stone, mineral stones and branches Optimum temperature Restraint One hand under body, grasp base of tail Support rear legs
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