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Gerbil

Handling and Restraint



Gerbils and other rodents will often try to evade capture from handlers so removing exercise wheels, cover structures, and other furnishings from the cage prior to attempting to restrain the animals is recommended.




Never restrain gerbils by the tail as the skin of the tail as the skin of the tail is delicate and tends to tear easily. Gerbils should be cupped using one or two hands, or can be scruffed.



Handling for Injection



Common routes for injection include the intraperitoneal and subcutaneous routes. As with all small mammals, small hypodermic needle should be used for injection and the volume of substance should be minimised.



  
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