Advanced diagnostic now available for exotic small pets
A new exotic pet medicine service has been activated at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Padua. In addition to the routine diagnostic imaging it is possible to perform Computed Tomography examination of the so called “non conventional” patients.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets but also snakes and parrots are increasingly diffused as pet animals. Their small dimensions, limited cost as well as the possibility to house them in relatively small cages and the reduced vocalizations have made the exotic pet animal extremely common.
These animals are affected by peculiar pathologies and, as such, specialized medical care are needed. Most veterinary general practitioners have a limited knowledge on these species and often are not even able to adequately manipulate them. Furthermore, in order to avoid predation, those species have evolved to hide signs of illness until the pathological conditions become severe. The above described behaviour makes the availability of a consult point for complex cases mandatory for both the owners and clinicians, particularly when advanced diagnostic imaging is necessary.
In our opinion the possibility to perform CT examinations of non conventional patients, performed by an expert radiologist supported by a qualified anesthetist can be extremely useful for the veterinary practitioners.
Irene Veladiano, DVM, PhD student
Irene Veladiano graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Padua in 2013. She is working in the internal clinic specialized in exotic pets and small animals. Currently she is getting her PHD in medical research with specialization in exotic animals.