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Figure 2-24

Securing muzzle behind the

ears.

animal's usual collar. See Figure 2-25. The neck of the collar should be short
enough to allow the animal to eat and drink. Some animals may find the
collar very uncomfortable and may have trouble moving about and sleeping.
Some animals may not eat or drink with the collar on, and it may need to be
temporarily removed. Temporary collars can be made from cardboard, although they may not last very long. Collars can also be made from fast-food
containers, plastic buckets, and plastic flowerpots.
Rabbits can be picked up by grasping the scruff of the neck with one hand
and lifting up while placing the other hand under the rump. Remember to
support the hindquarters of the animal at all times. Rabbits seldom bite, but
they can inflict injury with their hind legs. They can also injure their spine
by hard kicking in an attempt to escape.
Rabbits should not be placed on a smooth surface. They may injure
themselves while trying to hop or move. Rabbits should be placed on a
piece of carpet or on a towel. Veterinarians and researchers sometimes use
restraint boxes to hold rabbits during treatment.
Rats and mice that have not been handled may bite, and special care
may be needed when handling them. Gloves can be used to place the animals on a piece of carpet or on a piece of screening. Once they are placed on
the carpet or screening, they can be restrained with bare hands. Grasp the
animal gently by the tail. Don't grasp the end of the tail, but grasp as close
to the body as possible. The animal will try to pull away, and while it is in a
stretched-out position, use your other hand to grasp all the loose skin on the
neck and shoulders that you can and lift the animal up. The animal should be
restrained in this manner, unable to bite. Special restraining boxes are also
available for rats and mice.

Other rISKS
Many of the disinfectants and some insecticides used in working with small
animals are potentially dangerous. All workers should be instructed in the
safe use, storage, and disposal of chemicals and containers. Chemicals,
such as pesticides, can enter the body in several ways; the skin is the most

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Applying muzzle material
around dog's nose.

Figure 2-23

Safety

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A small dog with an
Elizabethan collar.

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