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Biology and Diseases of the Ferret


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Contributors ix Preface xv Section I Biology and Husbandry 3 Chapter 1 Taxonomy, History, and Use 5 James G. Fox Chapter 2 Anatomy of the Ferret 23 Howard Evans and Nguyen Quoc An Chapter 3 Neuroanatomy of the Ferret Brain with Focus on the Cerebral Cortex 69 Christopher D. Kroenke, Brian D. Mills, Jaime F. Olavarria, and Jeffrey J. Neil Chapter 4 Physiology of the Ferret 81 Mark T. Whary Chapter 5 Nutrition of the Ferret 123 James G. Fox, Carrie S. Schultz, and Brittany M. Vester Boler Chapter 6 Housing and Management 145 James G. Fox and Rosemary Broome Chapter 7 Normal Clinical and Biological Parameters 157 James G. Fox Chapter 8 Growth and Reproduction 187 James G. Fox, Judith A. Bell, and Rosemary Broome Chapter 9 Regulatory Considerations 211 Robert P. Marini Chapter 10 Recovery of the Black-Footed Ferret 219 Rachel Santymire, Heather Branvold-Faber, and Paul E. Marinari Section II Diseases and Clinical Applications 233 Chapter 11 Physical Examination, Preventive Medicine, and Diagnosis in the Ferret 235 Robert P. Marini Chapter 12 Anesthesia 259 Jeff C. Ko and Robert P. Marini Chapter 13 Surgery 285 Stephen J. Mehler Chapter 14 Diseases of the Hematopoietic System 311 Joerg Mayer, Susan E. Erdman, and James G. Fox Chapter 15 Diseases of the Genitourinary System 335 James G. Fox and Judith A. Bell Chapter 16 Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System 363 Kirk J. Maurer and James G. Fox Chapter 17 Diseases of the Endocrine System 377 Cassandra L. Miller, Robert P. Marini, and James G. Fox Chapter 18 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System 401 Robert A. Wagner Chapter 19 Other Systemic Diseases 421 James G. Fox Chapter 20 Viral Diseases of Ferrets 439 Matti Kiupel and David Perpinan Chapter 21 Bacterial and Mycoplasmal Diseases 519 Alton G. Swennes and James G. Fox Chapter 22 Parasitic Diseases 553 Mary M. Patterson, James G. Fox, and Mark L. Eberhard Chapter 23 Mycotic Diseases 573 James G. Fox Chapter 24 Neoplastic Diseases 587 James G. Fox, Sureshkumar Muthupalani, Matti Kiupel, and Bruce Williams Section III Research and Applications 627 Chapter 25 The Ferret in Viral Respiratory Disease Research 629 Deborah R. Taylor Chapter 26 The Ferret in Morbillivirus Research 641 Veronika von Messling Chapter 27 Use of the Ferret in Cardiovascular Research 653 James P. Morgan Chapter 28 Genetic Engineering in the Ferret 665 Xingshen Sun, Ziying Yan, Xiaoming Liu, Alicia K. Olivier, and John F. Engelhardt Chapter 29 Hearing and Auditory Function in Ferrets 685 Fernando R. Nodal and Andrew J. King Chapter 30 The Ferret as a Model for Visual System Development and Plasticity 711 Jitendra Sharma and Mriganka Sur Chapter 31 The Ferret in Nausea and Vomiting Research: Lessons in Translation of Basic Science to the Clinic 735 Nathalie Percie du Sert and Paul L.R. Andrews Chapter 32 The Ferret in Lung Carcinogenesis and Nutritional Chemoprevention Research 779 Xiang-Dong Wang and Chun Liu Index 795

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James G. Fox, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is Professor and Directorat MIT s Division of Comparative Medicine, as well as Chairof ACLAM s publications committee. He is also an AdjunctProfessor at Tufts University s Cummings School of VeterinaryMedicine and at the University of Pennsylvania s School ofVeterinary Medicine. Robert P. Marini, DVM, DACLAM, is Assistant Director andChief of Veterinary Surgical Resources at MIT s Division ofComparative Medicine and Lecturer in Health, Science andTechnology, also at MIT.


This edition is well indexed and referenced and is agreat practice reference. (JAVMA, 15 December2014) There are many color photos in this edition, with astrong emphasis on histopathology. This book stands alone as acomplete and comprehensive book on ferrets, and a new edition after16 years is certainly justified. (Doody s, 9 January 2015) In conclusion, The Biology and the Diseases of theFerret, 3rd edition is a valuable resource because ofthe breadth and scope of information covered. Members of theprivate practice and laboratory animal communities will find it auseful addition to their libraries. (LaboratoryAnimal Practitioner, 1 October 2014)

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