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Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1049-2
528 pages
October 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Radiology is a routine diagnostic procedure in all fields of clinical veterinary practice, and exotic medicine is no exception. Besides an increasing interest and concurrent demand for a higher level of care of these species, very little is reported in the scientific literature about normal radiographic patterns, and radiographic abnormalities are generally limited to case reports.

Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals is designed to fill this gap. It provides a practical resource for veterinarians wishing to add these special species to their clinical practice, and a ready reference for those already including those species among their caseload. Clearly labeled normal images will aid anyone interested in comparative radiographic anatomy, and the techniques section will help overcome difficulties related to the smaller size of many exotic companion mammals.

Features of the book include:

  • wide range of exotic mammal species beyond ferrets, rabbits, and rodents, including species such as marsupials, hedgehogs and potbellied pigs
  • a review of the basic principles of radiology, equipment, radiologic techniques and patient positioning helpful for optimizing exotic companion mammal radiography
  • an extensive review of both normal and pathologic radiographic patterns. Some of the latter are accompanied by clinical or surgical images to aid the practitioner in familiarization with a wide range of both common and uncommon lesions.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 2 - RABBIT.

Chapter 3 - GUINEA PIG.

Chapter 4 - CHINCHILLA.

Chapter 5 - DEGU.

Chapter 6 - RAT.

Chapter 7 - MOUSE.

Chapter 8 - HAMSTER.


Chapter 10 - FERRET.

Chapter 11 - SKUNK.

Chapter 12 - SUGAR GLIDER.


Chapter 14 - POTBELLIED PIG.


Chapter 15 - BATS

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Author Information

Vittorio Capello, DVM, is in private practice in Italy. He has practiced exotic animal medicine exclusively since 1993 and specializes in medicine and surgery of exotic companion mammals, providing professional services for two veterinary clinics in Milano. He is also the author of Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Handbook.

Angela M. Lennox, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian), is owner of the Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis and an adjunct professor of exotic animal medicine at Purdue University. She has practiced avian and exotic animal medicine exclusively since 1991. Dr. Lennox is President of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, since 2004, and is also the editor of Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Handbook.

with William Widmer, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVR, professor of diagnostic imaging in the department of veterinary clinical sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Covers wide range of exotic mammals beyond ferrets, rabbits, and rodents, including marsupials, hedgehogs and potbellied pigs

  • Reviews basic principles of radiology, equipment, techniques and patient positioning to optimize exotic companion mammal radiography
  • Includes extensive review of normal and abnormal radiographic patterns. Some of the latter are accompanied by clinical or surgical images to familiarize the practitioner with common and uncommon lesions
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"An excellent reference for general practitioners, exotic animal specialists, and radiologists. The book is organized in well-structured sections... The content and image quality make it a valuable investment for radiologists, exotic animal specialists, and residents in training programs as well as for veterinarians whose practice consists of a substantial percentage of exotic pets." - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, June 2009

“The book is well organized and offers exceptional images detailing normal and abnormal radiographic studies. Many of the chapters incorporate ancillary imaging modalities including ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. The first chapter of the book, on radiology basics, is an extra perk that thoroughly discusses positioning, equipment, and techniques. This is a must-have resource for any practitioner caring for exotic mammal patients. The images are excellent and the detail provides a superb reference for normal and diseased radiographic anatomy of these species.” - Doody’s Reviews, 2009

"The number of species included in this book is excellent. It is often difficult to find "normal" radiographs of some less common species, such as prairie dogs and African pygmy hedgehogs. The inclusion of pictures of animals with lesions if very helpful to see how "abnormal" radiographs correspond to physical exam findings. The initial overview of positioning should be useful to the novice exotic animal practitioner. The number of species, as well as the number of radiographs that demonstrate normal and diseased conditions, make this book an essential for any exotic animal practitioner." - Exotic DVM Magazine, 2009

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