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What You Must Know About Necropsy


One way to express our love for nature is to adore its beauty; and what other example do you need of the beauty of nature than our very own kings of the skies- the birds, kings of the jungles- wild animals as well as smaller yet unique animals that you may choose to have as pets. Therefore, it is extremely imperative that we take good care of the environment around us and the animal species that are contained in it. Along the same lines, necropsy gives us a chance to explore the life of an animal and try to protect its breed from any further difficulties. When carrying out research on the lives of the animals, it is important for us to know the exact and right steps for necropsy so that we can derive apt results and attach some significance to our research.


Just as in reality it is difficult to bear the loss of a loved one, similar affection is extended to animals and hence the cause of their death is vital to be known and is to be found out with a lot of care. Necropsy gives you a chance to do so by carrying out a kind of a surgery on the body of a dead animal to determine the cause of death. In so doing, the tissues of the animal’s body are scrutinized with the naked eye as well as with the microscope so as to obtain the maximum possible details. Veterinarians are especially interested in using the death of one animal to protect the species of the remaining animals by curing the disease that might have caused a pattern of deaths amongst the animals.


Necropsies are practiced on animals at most veterinary schools. A varying range of prices is charged for the performance of these necropsies, starting from $150 and going up to $300. When you are faced with the dead body of an animal, make sure you take it to the nearest vet at the earliest possible- time is a crucial factor that you should keep in mind. While the body is still with you, make sure you keep it chilled but do not freeze it. However, even if kept chilled, you can only withhold it for a maximum of three days before you can dispose it off. When you are well aware of the impending death of your animal ahead of time, you can ask for a necropsy of a particular organ or a part of the body of the animal. If the cause of the death is unknown, you can do two things: firstly, ask the vet to sample the affected organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs etc. Secondly, you can ask for a sample of the tongue or the spleen so that a DNA test can be carried on it and the cause of the death trailed.

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Henceforth, the necropsy process is a growing need today and should be carried out responsibly. You can actually end up saving a whole new generation of animals by acting a little more responsible and taking out some time to take the body of your animal to a vet in the nearest vicinity.

By Amara, published at 02/06/2012
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