Develop your knowledge and understanding of cystic ovarian disease in guinea pigs. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Reproductive disorders course bundle.
This module looks at pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of cystic ovarian disease in guinea pigs, including:
Cause – spontaneous development of serous, non-functional ovarian cysts throughout the estrous cycle. Follicular cysts (functional) may develop as well; usually found in older sows.
Signs – abdominal distention, sometimes with anorexia, weakness or lethargy. If follicular cysts are present, bilateral symmetric hair loss may be seen in the flank region. Declining fertility seen in breeding sows over 15 months of age.
Diagnosis – ultrasonography is best; abdominal radiography may show larger cysts.
Treatment – ovariohysterectomy.
Prognosis – good if ovariohysterectomy is successful.
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This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Exotis (guinea pigs) followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 30 minutes of CPD.