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Zethraeus, Filip, 2014. Hanteringsmetoder av reptiler på djursjukhus med hänsyn till stress och skaderisker. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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Abstract

It is popular to keep reptiles as pets in Swedish households. The number of households reporting reptile ownership is more than 15 000 (SCB, 2006). This means that a veterinary practice should consider how to take care of reptiles as patients.

The aim of this study was to examine literature and studies concerning safe handling and restraint of reptiles as well as the effects of acute and long term stress response and to suggest a simplified plan for handling reptiles in a veterinary practice.

The result of literary studies is that common recommendations for safe handling and restraint of reptiles is based on old techniques and experiences from safe handling of wild animals. The main concern is safety for the veterinary nurse and for the reptile.
Stress studies indicate that acute stress response is not harmful for the animal i long term. On the other hand studies of the effect of prolonged stress are not conclusive. The reaction of an ill or wounded reptile is unpredictable. Therefore it is important to avoid any stress that is not necessary for safety reasons in the handling situation.

At the end of this study there is a suggested simplified plan for handling reptiles in a veterinary practice.

Main title:Hanteringsmetoder av reptiler på djursjukhus med hänsyn till stress och skaderisker
Authors:Zethraeus, Filip
Supervisor:Hildensjö, Anita
Examiner:Lundin, Lisa
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:535
Year of Publication:2014
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:hanteringsmetoder, reptiler, stress, skaderisker
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3511
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3511
Subjects:Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects
Language:Swedish
Deposited On:06 Aug 2014 14:18
Metadata Last Modified:06 Aug 2014 14:18

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