Emergency and critical care of rodents

Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2007 May;10(2):501-31. doi: 10.1016/j.cvex.2007.03.001.


Rodents may be presented on an emergency basis with various conditions causing debilitation and disease. Common causes of emergent presentations include trauma, respiratory disease, dental disease, gastrointestinal disease, reproductive disorders, and urinary tract obstruction. Emergency treatment should always include immediate stabilization of the patient until the patient is able to tolerate diagnostic testing and additional therapeutics. Rodent patients benefit from supportive care, including thermal, fluid, and nutritional support. Administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, antibiotics, and analgesics through various routes is also appropriate. This article presents an overview of emergency medicine in rodents, including emergency procedures, handling and restraint, triage and patient assessment, sample collection, and supportive care procedures. The most common emergency presentations for rodents are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Physical Examination / veterinary
  • Rodent Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Rodent Diseases / therapy*
  • Rodentia / injuries
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods*