Key Features

  • first book devoted to medical history and clinical examination in companion animals
  • system-based approach
  • problem-oriented approach: short initial examination is used to define the problems presented by the owner
  • uses same effective method of examination throughout
  • separate chapter on Reptiles
  • accompanying DVD with video clips and medical forms in PDF format to be used when carrying out medical history-taking and physical examination
  • written by top-experts in the field

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • The rationale for this approach

  • A few concepts and an introduction to the diagnostic process

  • Methods and instruments

  • Medical records

  • The history

  • General impression

  • General examination

  • Respiratory system

  • Circulatory system

  • Digestive tract

  • Kidneys and urinary tract

  • Female reproductive tract

  • Male reproductive tract

  • Skin, hair, and nails

  • Mammary glands

  • Locomotor system

  • Nervous system

  • Eyes

  • Ears

  • Endocrine glands

  • Behavior

  • Emergencies

  • Handling and restraint – Injections and blood collection

  • Collection of material for diagnostics in the lab

  • Preanesthetic examination

  • Health certification

  • Birds

  • Small mammals

  • Reptiles

  • Appendix 1 Guidelines for housing of rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets as experimental animals

  • Appendix 2 Classification of reptiles

  • Appendix 3 Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (I)

  • Appendix 4 Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (II)


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© 2009
Saunders Ltd.
eBook ISBN:
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About the editors

A. Rijnberk

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor (Emeritus) Internal Medicine of Companion Animals, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

F. J. van Sluijs

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Surgery of Companion Animals, Utrecht University, The Netherlands