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Demos and Exhibits

Small Animal Surgery

child dressed as surgeonThis exhibit let’s you be the surgeon.

At the interactive hand-tie station, you can learn several knots and suture patterns that are used in dog and cat surgeries for various situations and tissues.

X-rays are a very important veterinary tool used by surgeons to diagnose fractures, tumors, and foreign objects.

Dogs and cats sometimes swallow non-edible items, such as quarters, rubber balls, and plastic toys. These foreign objects may lodge in the gastrointestinal tract and cause indigestion, vomiting, and diarrhea.

At this booth, children can try to locate a foreign object on an X-ray. They will then gown up in full surgeon's gear. A gown, cap, and gloves are used by surgeons to maintain high levels of sanitation and sterility. This will help to minimize the spread of diseases and bacteria between people and animals.

The children can then "perform surgery" on a plastic canine model to remove the foreign object.

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