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.
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