Safety Issues in the Exotic Pet Practice

Exotic Pet and Bird Clinic, Kirkland, WA 98033, USA.
Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice 10/2005; 8(3):515-24, vii. DOI: 10.1016/j.cvex.2005.05.001
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Small animal practitioners are well versed in the potential zoonoses from dogs and cats. Although these account for the vast majority of documented cases of zoonotic disease in humans, there are documented as well as potential zoonotic diseases that the nontraditional companion animal is capable of transmitting. This article is a compilation of potential disease risks to veterinarians, staff, and owners of nontraditional companion animals. In addition, the article may serve as a training tool for veterinary practices.

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