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  1. Welfare of non-traditional pets

    Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.

    The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...

  2. An ethological approach to housing requirements of golden hamsters, Mongolian gerbils and fat sand rats in the laboratory - a review

    Contributor(s):: Sorensen, D. B., Krohn, T., Hansen, H. N., Ottesen, J. L., Hansen, A. K.

    When housing hamsters and gerbils little has been done to identify the preferences of these species. The solitary nature of fat sand rats and hamsters is often discordant with housing practices in animal laboratories. This article provides a comparison of the behaviour of wild-living animals with...

  3. Effect of cage size on the ontogeny of stereotyped behaviour in gerbils

    Contributor(s):: Wiedenmayer, C.

  4. Gerbils prefer partially darkened cages

    Contributor(s):: Broek, F. A. R. van den, Klompmaker, H., Bakker, R., Beynen, A. C.

  5. Refinement of gerbil housing and husbandry in the laboratory

    Contributor(s):: Waiblinger, E., Konig, B.

    Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) are a widely used model species in parasitology and epilepsy research. Under standard laboratory housing conditions gerbils develop stereotypic digging, a behavioural abnormality, which is caused by the lack of a burrow in the laboratory cage. Here, we...

  6. The early ontogeny of bar-gnawing in laboratory gerbils

    | Contributor(s):: Wiedenmayer, C.

  7. Zoonotic disease concerns in animal-assisted therapy and animal visitation programs

    | Contributor(s):: Waltner-Toews, D.

    In a survey of 150 systematically selected US animal care agencies and 74 Canadian humane societies to determine the prevalence of animal assisted therapy (AAT) programmes (concerns about, and experience with zoonotic diseases; and precautions taken to prevent zoonotic disease transmission) 69 US...