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. 2000 May;3(2):481-96, vii.
doi: 10.1016/s1094-9194(17)30083-x.

Respiratory Diseases of Rodents

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Respiratory Diseases of Rodents

T R Schoeb. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. .
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Practitioners may be called on to treat rodents with respiratory diseases or to advise clients concerning the care of these rodents. Respiratory diseases of mice, rats, guinea pigs, and Syrian hamsters are well known because of the use of these species in research, whereas few or no reports of respiratory disease in rodents of other species exist. Features of the respiratory diseases of these four commonly encountered species are reviewed, including causes; clinical signs; diagnostic procedures; preventive measures; and, where appropriate, therapies.


Figure 1.
Figure 1
Mycoplasma pulmonis disease in a rat. The left lung is atelectatic and has a cobblestone appearance.
Figure 2.
Figure 2
Cilia-associated respiratory bacillus disease in a rat. Numerous bronchial abscesses are present, and the right middle and azygous lobes are atelectatic.
Figure 3.
Figure 3
Mixed gram-negative bacterial pneumonia in a guinea pig. The right apical lobe and the ventral portion of the right middle lobe are affected.

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