Equine Geriatric Medicine and Surgery


  • Joseph Bertone, DVM, MS, Diplo. ACVIM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, USA

Interest in equine geriatrics among veterinarians and researchers is on the rise as many horses remain active and rideable well into their twenties. However, as horses age, they develop certain condition that affect their overall health. Equine Geriatric Medicine and Surgery is a thorough and comprehensive text covering every aspect of veterinary management of the aging horse. The text covers many clinical topics like cardiology, dentistry, nutrition and more. Plus, there are a number of chapters devoted to the emotional challenges of caring the aging horse. Many of the conditions commonly associated with "old age" in the horse — such as lameness, weight loss, or poor shedding — actually might be treatable or preventable. Equine Geriatric Medicine and Surgery will help veterinarians manage their patients' health, and the specially written "layman's" sections will help educate owners about preventive measures that can be taken to extend the life of their animals.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7216-0163-2

Table of Contents

1. The Impact of the Geriatric Population
2. Human Animal Bond
3. Field Approach and Wellness Management of Geriatric Horses
4. Anesthetic Considerations
5. Cardiac Disease
6. Geriatric Dentistry
7. Endocrinology
8. Frontier Medicine
9. Gastrointestinal Medicine
10. Gastrointestinal Surgery
11. Hepatic Disease
12. Musculoskeletal Management
13. Neoplasia
14. Neurological Disease in Aged Horses
15. Nutrition
16. Ophthalmology
17. Podiatry
18. Respiratory Disease
19. Reproductive Disorders
20. Urology
21. Grief Support Techniques in a Bond-Centered Equine Practice
22. A Horse Owner's Guide to the Geriatric Horse