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Wallman, Matilda, 2012. Omvårdnad av kanin på klinik : en litteraturstudie. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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Pet rabbits are increasing in popularity and the owners want the same treatment for them as they would want for a dog or a cat. However, the knowledge among clinical staff about these small animals is not always up to date. The aim of this paper is to highlight the needs of the pet rabbit and how these can be met regarding veterinary nursing.

Pet rabbits are different from dogs and cats in several ways and their needs as patients differ as well. Rabbits are herbivorous prey animals. To avoid predators, they are very reluctant to show any sign of weakness for as long as they can. This means that the caretaker has to be aware of very subtle signs to be able to detect illness in an early stage.

Veterinary nurses need to know some of the basic physiologic parameters that make rabbits special as a species to be able to provide optimum care.

It is of most importance to reduce stress and this should start before the rabbit even arrives at the clinic. Preparations, safe handling techniques and a skilled veterinary nurse are key factors to a calm patient.

If the rabbit needs to stay in the clinic for treatment and observation, there are several aspects to consider making the stay as advantageous as possible and promoting a quick recovery. For example; reducing sight, sound and smell impressions from other animals, making sure the rabbit is eating and drinking enough and providing efficient analgesia when needed.

The goal is to know the species and always try to optimize the care in the clinic and provide as good veterinary nursing for pet rabbits as for dogs and cats.

Main title:Omvårdnad av kanin på klinik
Subtitle:en litteraturstudie
Authors:Wallman, Matilda
Supervisor:Svendenius, Lena and Trägårdh, Cecilia
Examiner:Hildensjö, Anita
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:435
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK003 Veterinary Nursing - Bachelor's programme 180 HEC
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:kanin, omvårdnad, klinik, djurhälsopersonal, hantering
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1772
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1772
Subjects:Animal husbandry
Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects
Animal diseases
Language:Swedish
Deposited On:15 Oct 2012 11:24
Metadata Last Modified:15 Oct 2012 11:24

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