Comments on: Treating exotics when your colleague has limited expertise

01 Mar 2020

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It is a busy morning in the clinic and the vet asks you, the practice nurse, to weigh a pet shop-owned Syrian hamster who, for the past two months, has been suffering from intermittent diarrhoea and conjunctivitis. The vet decides that it is best to calculate another course of antibiotics and send it back to the store. You believe that the patient is sick and requires urgent attention. The vet has limited skills, interest and knowledge with exotic species and, although initially reluctant, says to do ‘whatever you think best’. How do you proceed? (IP, January/February 2019, vol 42, pp 61-62)

The clinical signs in this scenario are very concerning and I agree that some form of urgent action is required. It is unclear whether the previous course of antibiotics proved to have any positive or lasting effect on the hamster. However, since we are...