19 Jul Thinking out of the box
Often in exotic pet practice, we face cases that puzzle us because symptoms don’t match anything previoulsy described in the literature; or we can’t test the disease we think our patient has just because there is no test available; or maybe we already have a diagnosis but the treatment has been only described for cats and dogs, or there are no published doses for the species we are dealing with.
I’m sure that, if you still don’t know what I’m talking about and you are an exotic pet vet, you will sooner or later.
What can be done in these situations?
Try to adapt a test that has been designed for a species different from our patient’s. Sometimes it’s just a matter of adapting an existing equipment, as it has been done with MRI in rabbits using a human knee coil (if you want to know what I’m talkig about, click here).