Small Mammal Medicine

Speaker: Livia Benato

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Small Mammal Medicine


These days, small mammals such as guinea pigs, rats and ferrets are not commonly seen at the veterinary clinic if compared to rabbits. However, it is less rare to find ourselves having to treat them, and giving owners advice on different conditions.

This webinar will provide information on a practical approach to common presentations of guinea pigs, rats, and ferrets. It will give an overview of how to handle, hospitalise and stabiles them if necessary, and on the best diagnostic tests available in order to make a diagnosis. It will also discuss the best medical and surgical treatment. Analgesia and supportive treatment, including nutritional support, will be considered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To handle with confidence guinea pigs, rats and ferrets during physical examination and short medical procedures.
  2. To recognise the clinical signs of common presentations.
  3. To determine the best diagnostic tests in order to reach a diagnosis
  4. To recognise signs of pain and provide the best analgesic protocol
  5. To determine the best medical and/or surgical treatment.