Rabbits are highly susceptible to lumbar spinal

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Rabbits are highly susceptible to lumbar spinal luxation, resulting in paralysis. Hence, extreme care must be taken when handling rabbits to avoid sudden movement. It is necessary to support the animal's hindquarters at all times. One way of lifting a rabbit is by grasping the skin over the shoulder with one hand and gently lifting it with the other arm cradling the body, the head nestled in the crook of your arm. Another is to hold it upright by the scruff of the neck with one hand while the other hand supports it hind quarters. Do not lift a rabbit by it ears. Return a rabbit to its cage hind end first to prevent it jumping prematurely and injuring itself. For longer restraint for blood collection or fluid administration, an approved restraint box or cat bag may be used or chemical restraint may be indicated.
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94 94 IDENTIFICATION Mice Temporary Identification A felt tip marker can mark the ear or tail for several days. Dyes may be used to color a patch of fur; which will generally last several weeks, however restricted to albino and light colored animals. Another method is to shave a patch of fur on the back or side of the animal.
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