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Heart examination

6guinea pig
Contributor(s):

Agata Witkowska

Sarah Brown


Introduction

Rationale for technique

  • A thorough examination of the cardiovascular system is an essential part of a full clinical examination.
  • Guinea pigs are a prey species and hide signs of illness well, therefore a methodical examination is important to act as a basis from which to select appropriate further diagnostic tests and evaluate severity of disease:
    • Any small changes in parameters or behavior should be considered as possibly significant.
    • A full history of husbandry should always be collected prior to performing a clinical examination. If a patient does not present as an emergency, then it is helpful to have clients fill in a husbandry form prior to the appointment.
    • As a species prone to stress, guinea pigs should be observed from a distance first.

Signalment

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Technical problems

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History

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Clinical examination

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Cardiac auscultation

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Further investigations

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Pignon C & Mayer J (2021) Guinea Pigs. In: Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents. Clinical Medicine and Surgery. 4th edn. Eds: Quesenberry K E, Orcutt C J, Mans C & Carpernter J W. Elsevier. pp 270-297.
  • Johnson-Delaney C (2010) Guinea pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Duprasi. In: BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets. 5th edn. Eds: Meredith A & Johnson-Delaney C. BSAVA, UK. pp 28-62.
  • Goodman G (2009) Rodents: Respiratory and Cardiovascular System Disorders. In: BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. Eds: Keeble E & Meredith A. BSAVA, UK. pp 142-149.

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