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Ear mites

In ferrets, Otodectes cynotis is usually contracted from other ferrets, but can be contracted from dogs or cats in the household, so these pets should be checked and treated accordingly, along with environmental treatment, if infested. Otodectes life-cycle is 3 weeks, and so repeated treatment is required.

Written by Cathy Johnson-Delaney BS DVM DipABVP(Avian) DipABVP(Exotic Companion Mammal)
Reviewed by Bev Panto BVetMed BSc(Hons) CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS

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Antibiotic toxicity

Antibiotic therapy in guinea pigs must be approached with caution. Broad spectrum antibiotics should be used and those that are active against predominantly Gram-positive organisms should be avoided. Antibiotics such as streptomycin or using higher than recommended doses of chloramphenicol or aminoglycosides should be avoided.

Written by Cathy Johnson-Delaney BS DVM DipABVP(Avian) DipABVP(Exotic Companion Mammal)
Reviewed by Anna Meredith OBE MA VetMB PhD Cert LAS DZooMed DipECZM FRCVS

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Certain lizard families have developed caudal autotomy as a defense against predators. When the tail is grasped by a predator or by inappropriate human handling, the lizard can shed it. This may also happen without direct contact if an animal is threatened. A very small number of snake species also perform autotomy. These are generally not kept in captivity and are very unlikely to be seen in practice.

Written by Mark Naguib BVMS(Hons) CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS
Reviewed by Yvette Rowntree BVSc CertAVP(Zoo Med) MRCVS

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