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Veterinary Care

Veterinary Care

Here you will find tips, tricks, and best practices for working with sea otters.  Whether you are veterinary student or practicing veterinarian, sea otter care can be tricky.  Learn more about standard procedures that have been developed by experienced marine mammal veterinarians.

In addition to severe impacts on an animal’s ability to float and stay warm, petroleum compounds can impact oiled wildlife, including sea otters, in many other ways. These effects are best summarized by organ system.

Radiographs are a noninvasive way for veterinarians to diagnose health issues of stranded sea otters. This section shows digital xrays of sea otters who have suffered from shark bites, boat strike trauma or nasal mites. There are also examples of pregnant females, pups and young otters to demonstrate progression of bone growth!