Small mammal herbivores part 3: taking a dietary history and providing nutritional support

Christina Miller
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The unique dietary needs of exotic companion mammal herbivores has been thoroughly explored in this series of articles. The veterinary nurse can be well-equipped and is in an excellent position to take a detailed husbandry and nutritional history, which can help to identify nutritional disease and problems with dietary management that may contribute to future pathogenesis. Providing nutritional support in the hindgut fermenter inpatient or outpatient is centred around both restoring the negative energy balance (as the target species will rapidly enter a catabolic state) and providing enough fibre to stimulate gastrointestinal motility.

Table 1. Examples of closed vs. open-ended questions for history-taking
Table 1. Examples of closed vs. open-ended questions for history-taking

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