New Guide For The Care And Use Of Laboratory Animals

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
page 51-52

“If wire-mesh flooring is used, a solid resting area may be beneficial, as this floor type can induce foot lesions in rodents and rabbits (Drescher 1993; Fullerton and Gilliatt 1967; Rommers and Meijerhof 1996). The size and weight of the animal as well as the duration of housing on wire-mesh floors may also play a role in the development of this condiCopyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition 52 Guide for the Care an d Use of Laborator y Animals tion (Peace et al. 2001). When given the choice, rodents prefer solid floors (with bedding) to grid or wire-mesh flooring (Blom et al. 1996; Manser et al. 1995, 1996).”