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Simple names for surgical operations


-tomy: The surgeon cut something.

-ectomy: The surgeon cut something out.

-ostomy: The surgeon cut something to make a mouth. If one organ is named, the mouth opened to the outside of the patient. If two organs are named, the mouth connected two organs.

-plasty: The surgeon changed the shape of an organ.

-pexy: The surgeon moved the organ to the right place.

-rraphy: The surgeon sewed something up.

-desis: The surgeon made two things stick to one another.

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This makes me extremely content.

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Small Mammals

  • Wrap rabbits up in a “burrito” to help control them
  • When putting rabbits back in their cages, place them butt first to prevent them leaping out of your arms
  • Carry rabbits like footballs, tuck their heads under your armpit and support their rump and place a hand on their back
  • Rabbits can also be turned on their backs and have their rumps supported
  • Never allow a rabbit to kick or jump, they will break their backs!
  • Ferrets can be scruffed and dangled during physical exams
  • When scruffed a ferret will almost always yawn giving a change for a quick oral exam
  • Grasp chinchillas by the base of their tails and support their bodies. Do not pull at their tails or you will deglove them!
  • Never scruff a chinchilla! You will pull their hair out and damage the pelt.
  • Scruff hamsters until they smile! Pull their dorsal skin tight otherwise they can still turn and bite!
  • Rats can be grasped under their armpits and around their mandibles
  • Guinea pigs do not like to be restrained! Too much stress will cause them to overheat and die
  • Guinea pigs seem to have no sense of table edges and will just walk right off of one, do not leave them unattended!

Small mammal owners seem to be the ones that get upset about handling the most. Reassure them gently that you are not harming them and that they must be held this way to keep them safe. Dangling ferrets and scruffing hamsters seem to cause the most grief, I have had an owner take the ferret from me and leave because “they are not meant to scruffed like that!” but I promise none of these techniques cause harm or pain. Again practice these on docile animals before an emergency comes in because that is not the time to learn how to handle a ferret or rabbit.

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Single most important thing for a veterinarian to remember about the species they are treating


As vets we have to retain an awful lot of knowledge about a bunch of different species in our brain, but I could only impart one factoid onto a new vet for each species, these would be it.

Dog: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, in a German Shepherd

Cat: Species most likely to send you to the hospital.

Horse: Species most likely to send you to the morgue.

Cattle:  Hygiene and lube.

Sheep: Not little cows!

Goats: Not funny sheep!

Deer: Don’t. Just shoot them.

Birds: No diaphragm, if you squeeze them they will die.

Raptors(eg eagles) : Much easier to handle with a sock over their head.

Chickens: If it’s egg bound there is no such thing as too much lube.

Water birds: Projectile feces. Aim with care.

Rabbits:  Drug sensitivities

Guinea Pigs: Lethal penicillin

Rats & Mice: It’s going to be a tumor.

Snakes: Don’t leave them in a cage. They get out.

Lizards: 90% of the time it’s a husbandry problem

Aussie mammals: Don’t wrestle wombats, you can’t win.

Fish: You can MacGuyver an anesthetic rig from two buckets, some tubing, a straw, a clean cat litter tray and some alfaxan. Do not use electro-cautery on a wet fish.

Ferrets: Most of their problems are from the same area; the kidneys, adrenals and ovaries seem to be part of a club to cause havoc for this species.

Pigs: Wear ear muffs, because they scream like you wouldn’t believe, and remember that they’re bred for meat, which is muscle and they know how to use it.

This is not an attempt to condense veterinary medicine into a few dozen sentences. But if you can only remember one thing, make it a useful one.

I love how this seemed to start as a comedy post (but still true) then just got all super serious. Handy things though. and the GSD thing is so true.

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by Justin Jonze

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