The Laboratory Hamster and Gerbil

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CRC Press, Dec 4, 1998 - Medical - 168 pages
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The Laboratory Hamster and Gerbil details basic information and common procedures for individuals performing research with hamsters and gerbils. It includes duties of animal facility management, animal husbandry, regulatory compliance, and technical procedures and assists in the humane care and use of hamsters and gerbils in the laboratory. It provides quick, easy-to-use information for investigators, technicians, and animal caretakers and includes references to alternative procedures and methods. The book also offers possible sources and suppliers of animals, feed, sanitation supplies, cages, and research and veterinary supplies.
 

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Contents

IMPORTANT BIOLOGICAL FEATURES
1
Normative Values of the Hamster and Gerbil
10
Environmental Conditions
21
Cage Sanitation Practices
27
Animal Room Sanitation
33
Animal Receipt
39
MANAGEMENT
49
Occupational Health and Zoonotic Diseases
55
Drug Dosages for Hamsters and Gerbils
73
Characteristics of Commonly Used Injectable Anesthetics
84
Basic Surgical Techniques
90
Postoperative Management of Pain
96
EXPERIMENTAL METHODOLOGY
103
RESOURCES
125
Purchasing Hamsters and Gerbils
131
INDEX
141

Quarantine Stabilization and Acclimation
62

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