Control of Reproduction in Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents

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ContentsReproduction control of small mammals is challenging. The purposes are the control of fertility and the reduction of sexual behaviour, aggressiveness and odour. Moreover, some species like ferret females need to be neutered to prevent bone marrow suppression caused by hyperoestrogenism. Many methods of sterilization have been reported, including surgical and chemical techniques. This article describes the reproductive physiology of ferrets and the techniques used to control their reproduction. Some aspects of the use of long-acting deslorelin implants in rabbits and rodents are also described.

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