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Miniature pigs.

Authors
  • Van Metre, D C1
  • Angelos, S M
  • 1 Section of Agricultural Practices, Department of Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1999
Volume
2
Issue
3
Identifiers
PMID: 11229041
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Miniature pigs have become popular pets in North America, and veterinarians of a variety of clinical specialties may be called on for their care. Successful collection of blood from these animals requires familiarity with the location of sites for venipuncture and knowledge of adequate methods of restraint. In this article, restraint and techniques for venipuncture are described, as well as techniques for cerebrospinal fluid collection, semen collection, and vaginal cytologic examination. Interpretation of hematologic, serum biochemical, and urinalysis data are also discussed. Methods for diagnosis of skin diseases, gastrointestinal parasitism, and enteric infectious diseases are included in order to provide the practitioner with the essential knowledge and skills for a variety of clinical pathologic studies of this unique pet.

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