The other day I monitored for procedure with (drum roll please).... A GERBIL.
This was my first time monitoring for one & it was definitely something different!
This gerbil had a mass in the center of it's chest & one of the doctors at my practice went and removed it! It was huge! (Picture 2)
It was such a delicate surgery & before I even went into the room, I went and asked a zillion questions to review.
Remember when it comes to surgery, it's better to have all questions cleared, so you don't go in with your head in the clouds!
The first picture is post op (after the surgery) with myself administering oxygen to the patient.
The third picture is the gerbil in a box being gassed down with isoflurane. Don't be alarmed he was sleeping!
The last picture was post op recovering with his freshly made ECollar that @bboycudi & the doctor made out of old x-ray film!
The patient was a bit more awake here, but I was just giving it more oxygen just to be safe!
There was one tech in there with me, and one on call! With exotics you have to be extra careful monitoring, in addition using the correct pre meds (if any) and the correct anasethic gas.
#funfact Gerbils don't have to be fasted before a procedure, like cats and dogs!
It was definitely an experience!!!! He went home mass free & much more comfortable!
One of our lovely summer interns: @_melaniee1124 snapped these great shots for me!
#techs How are your experiences with these pocket pets?
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