Chapter 7 Part 3

Causes mice and rats common diseases digestive system

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Unformatted text preview: •  Shelter and housing •  Enclosure must be made of wire, stainless steel, special plastic, or glass •  Wood will be destroyed •  Cage size depends on number of animals to be housed •  Advisable to select the largest cage in stock •  Add furniture, PVC pipes, paper houses •  Change bedding 2 to 3 times per week •  Temperature should be between 65ºF and 85ºF •  Humidity between 30% and 70% •  Light cycle of 12 hours light, 12 hours dark Mice and Rats •  Common diseases •  Purchase disease- free animals, prevent exposure to disease- causing agents •  Researchers wear sterile gowns and gloves in a lab environment •  When owners are ill, pets should not be handled •  Some human respiratory and enteric diseases will infect rats and mice •  Respiratory diseases are most common problem •  14 specific agents have been classified as respiratory pathogens of mice and rats •  Bacteria and viruses are main causes Mice and Rats •  Common diseases •  Digestive system •  21 infectious agents and number of parasites •  Call a veterinarian if animal exhibits symptoms of illness...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2014 for the course AVS 201 taught by Professor Mallilo during the Spring '11 term at Rhode Island.

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