The Biology of the Guinea Pig

The Biology of the Guinea Pig

1st Edition - February 28, 1976

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  • Editor: Joseph E. Wagner
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289328

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The Biology of the Guinea Pig focuses on the use of the guinea pig as a substrate in research. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of material related to applied care and management of guinea pigs and their diseases. Topics on guinea pig behavior, genetics, specific pathogen-free technique, biomethodology, and colony husbandry are also covered. This text likewise deals with the noninduced diseases of guinea pigs and use of the guinea pig in nutrition research, otologic research, toxicology, and teratology. This publication is beneficial to the general scientific community that includes investigators using or considering the use of guinea pigs in research, veterinarians, students of veterinary medicine, professionals concerned with the care and management of guinea pigs, commercial producers of guinea pigs, and cavy fanciers.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 Introduction and Taxonomy

    I. Introduction

    II. History and Etymology

    III. Taxonomy


    Chapter 2 Care and Management

    I. Housing

    II. Breeding

    III. Watering

    IV. Nutrition

    V. Quality Control


    Chapter 3 Biomethodology

    I. Introduction

    II. Anesthesiology

    III. Surgery

    IV. Intubations and Injections

    V. Blood, Blood Flow, and Blood Pressure

    VI. Electroencephalography and Electrocardiography

    VII. Respiration

    VIII. Skin

    IX. Gastric Secretions and Peritoneal Fluids

    X. Ear

    XI. Milk

    XII. Sperm

    XIII. Miscellaneous


    Chapter 4 Germfree and Specific Pathogen-Free

    I. Introduction

    II. Methodology

    III. Germfree vs. Conventional

    IV. Nutrition

    V. Research Uses

    VI. Discussion and Summary


    Chapter 5 Behavior

    I. Introduction

    II. Perception and Individual Behavior Patterns

    III. Social Behavior

    IV. Development of Behavior


    Chapter 6 Anatomy

    I. Introduction

    II. Osteology

    III. Muscular System

    IV. Cardiovascular System

    V. Skin and Derivatives

    VI. Gastrointestinal System

    VII. Respiratory System

    VIII. Reproductive System

    IX. Urinary System

    X. Adrenal Glands

    XI. Appendix: Organ Weights


    Chapter 7 Physiology

    I. Introduction

    II. Hematology

    III. Cardiovascular System

    IV. Reproductive System


    Chapter 8 Genetics

    I. Introduction

    II. Single Gene Characters

    III. Quantitative Genetics

    IV. Cytogenetics


    Chapter 9 Bacterial, Mycoplasma, and Rickettsial Diseases

    I. Introduction

    II. Bacterial Infections

    III. Mycoplasmal Infections

    IV. Rickettsial Infections

    V. Summary and Concluding Remarks


    Related References

    Chapter 10 Viral and Chlamydial Diseases

    I. Introduction

    II. RNA Viruses

    III. DNA Viruses

    IV. Agents of Psittacosis-LGV-Trachoma Group (Bedsoniae, Chlamydiae)

    V. Diseases of the Guinea Pig of Possible Viral Etiology

    VI. Experimental Virus Infections of the Guinea Pig


    Chapter 11 Mycoses

    I. Introduction

    II. Systemic Mycoses

    III. Dermatophytosis

    IV. Therapy


    Chapter 12 Protozoan Parasites

    I. Introduction

    II. Parenteral Infections

    III. Alimentary Infections

    IV. Experimental Use of Guinea Pigs in Protozoan Disease Research


    Chapter 13 Helminth Parasites

    I. Introduction

    II. Natural Infections

    III. Experimental Infections


    Chapter 14 The Arthropod Parasites of the Genus Cavia

    I. Introduction

    II. Arthropod Parasites of the Genus Cavia

    III. Key to the Arthropod Parasites of Cavia porcellus Under Laboratory Conditions

    IV. Descriptions of Arthropod Parasites of Cavia porcellus Under Laboratory Conditions

    V. Methods for the Diagnosis of Ectoparasites

    VI. Control of Arthropod Parasites of Guinea Pigs

    VII. The Guinea Pig in Entomological Research

    VIII. Summary


    Chapter 15 Neoplastic Diseases

    I. Introduction

    II. Neoplasms of Laboratory Guinea Pigs

    III. Experimentally Induced Tumors of Guinea Pigs

    IV. Conclusions



    Chapter 16 Miscellaneous Diseases Conditions of Guinea Pigs

    I. Introduction

    II. Respiratory System

    III. Digestive System

    IV. Urogenital System

    V. Musculoskeletal System

    VI. Skin and Special Senses System

    VII. Cardiovascular and Hematopoietic Systems

    VIII. Endocrine System

    IX. General


    Chapter 17 Nutrition, Nutritional Diseases, and Nutrition Research Applications

    I. Introduction

    II. Nutritional Requirements and Diseases of Deficiency or Excess

    III. Diseases of Probable Nutritional Origin

    IV. Special Uses of the Guinea Pig as an Experimental Animal Model

    V. Conclusion


    Chapter 18 Toxicology and Teratology

    I. Introduction

    II. Toxicology

    III. Teratology


    Chapter 19 Auditory Research

    I. Introduction

    II. Choice of the Guinea Pig for Otologic Research

    III. Preliminary Examination of the Guinea Pig

    IV. Surgery and Anesthesia

    V. The Behavioral Absolute Hearing Threshold

    VI. Middle Ear and Cochlear Mechanics

    VII. Histology

    VIII. Labyrinthine Fluids and Biochemistry of the Inner Ear

    IX. Round Window AC Cochlear Potentials

    X. AC Potentials due to Local Basilar Membrane Vibration

    XI. DC Potentials of the Inner Ear

    XII. Studies of the Acoustic Nerve and Events More Central

    XIII. Vascular Anatomy and Physiology of the Inner Ear

    XIV. Acoustic Overstimulation of the Ear

    XV. Ototoxicity

    XVI. Perinatal Maturation of Auditory Function

    XVII. Conclusion


    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 317
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: February 28, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289328

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