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Horse Owners Veterinary Handbook 2ND Editionby James M Giffin
Synopses & Reviews
Since 1989, when Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook was first published, advances in equine research, medicine, and technology have had far-reaching effects on the health and longevity of horses.
In this new, fully updated and expanded edition, James M. Giffin, M.D. and Tom Gore, D.V.M. have incorporated the latest information on veterinary horse care and disease prevention in both words and pictures. Two new chapters, Pediatrics and Geriatrics, have been added in recognition of the importance of these specialty areas. Owners will welcome their straightforward, easy-to-understand approach to a host of topics of interest and concern.
Sudden illness or injury can be life-threatening. An Index of Signs and Symptoms on the inside front cover provides a rapid means to access information and make an informed decision whether to treat an emergency or seek veterinary assistance.
The well-cared-for horse at all stages of life, when given annual vaccinations, scheduled deworming, good dental and foot care, suffers fewer illnesses and infirmities, costs less to maintain, and will repay the small expenses many times over in the pride and pleasure of ownership. Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook, Second Edition, gives all horsemen, including the 100,000 owners of the first edition, the means to achieve this goal.
This best-selling reference has been completely revised and updated by two outstanding professionals who know how to communicate the veterinary information nonprofessionals need to maintain their horse's health. Doctors James Giffin and Tom Gore address such basic health-care and management issues as the latest medicines and immunizations, wounds, illnesses, parasites, nutrition and supplements, and reproduction. Just inside the covers, the horse owner can easily access the index of Signs and Symptoms, since responding quickly to an emergency can literally mean the life or death of a horse. Anyone who looks after a horse—whether owner, trainer or groom—can rely on this authoritative book to get them through emergencies and well as routine events.
The most comprehensive, up-to-date horse care book available
This all-new edition of the popular classic contains important updates and new information on the latest veterinary practices and research. It gives you trusted guidance and immediate answers when the vet's office is closed, potentially life-saving instructions for emergency situations, and additional insight post-diagnosis. New and updated information includes:
With the guidance of this book and a good working partnership with your veterinarian, you can keep your beloved horse healthy for life.
About the Author
Thomas Gore,DVM, has been practicing veterinary medicine for over thirty years. Growing up on a cattle ranch in the mountains of western Colorado, he has been caring for, and caring about, horses all his life.
Paula Gore,MT ASCP, began training colts when she was fifteen years old. Her equine experiences include racetrack work, an Arabian breeding facility, showing in both English and Western disciplines, competing in team penning, and cattle work.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: EMERGENCIES.
Handling and Restraint.
Abdominal Pain (Colic).
Exertional Myopathy (The Tying-Up Syndrome and Azoturia).
Insect Stings, Spiders, and Scorpions.
Snake and Lizard Bites.
Sudden Unexplained Death.
Chapter 2: PARASITES.
Internal Parasites (Worms).
Controlling Internal Parasites.
Controlling External Parasites.
Chapter 3: INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
Systemic Fungal Diseases.
Antibodies and Immunity.
Chapter 4: THE SKIN AND COAT.
How to Avoid Coat and Skin Problems.
Sorting Out Skin Problems.
Environmental and Traumatic Skin Disorders.
Tumors and Cancers.
Chapter 5: THE EYES.
Field of Vision.
The Eye Exam.
If Your Horse Has an Eye Problem.
Foreign Bodies and Chemicals in the Eye.
The Outer Eye.
The Tearing Mechanism.
The Inner Eye.
The Blind Horse .
Chapter 6: THE EARS.
The Ear Canal.
The Middle and Inner Ear.
Chapter 7: THE MOUTH.
Signs of Mouth Problems.
Problems in the Mouth.
Taking Care of Your Horse’s Teeth.
Chapter 8: THE FEET.
The Elastic Tissues.
The Hoof as a Shock Absorber.
Putting on Horseshoes.
Natural Hoof Care.
Foot Wounds and Injuries.
Foot and Hoof Diseases.
Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
Chapter 9: THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.
Conformation and Soundness.
Joint and Ligament Injuries.
Developmental Orthopedic Diseases.
Muscle Injuries and Diseases.
Chapter 10: THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.
Signs of Nasal Irritation.
The Guttural Pouches.
The Soft Palate and Epiglottis.
The Lower Respiratory System.
Chapter 11: THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.
Evaluating the Circulation.
Congestive Heart Failure.
Equine Blood Types.
Chapter 12: THE URINARY SYSTEM.
Signs of Urinary Tract Disease.
Diagnosing Urinary Tract Diseases.
Urinary Tract Infections.
Uroliths (Urinary Tract Stones).
Chapter 13: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The Neurological Examination.
Cranial Nerve Paralysis.
Peripheral Nerve Injuries.
Spinal Cord Problems.
Brain and Spinal Cord Infections.
Chapter 14: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.
The Small Intestines.
The Rectum and Anus.
Chapter 15: NUTRITION AND FEEDING.
How to Feed Your Horse.
Weight Gain and Loss.
Wood Chewing and Cribbing.
Chapter 16: SEX AND REPRODUCTION.
The Estrous (Heat) Cycle.
Abnormal Heat Cycles.
Preparing the Mare for Breeding.
Infertility in the Mare.
Assisted Reproduction Techniques.
Infertility in the Stallion.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Diseases of the Female Reproductive System.
Diseases of the Male Reproductive System.
Chapter 17: PREGNANCY AND FOALING.
Care and Feeding During Pregnancy.
Life-Threatening Complications of Pregnancy.
Preparing for Foaling.
Normal Labor and Delivery.
After the Delivery.
Dystocia (Prolonged Labor).
Chapter 18: PEDIATRICS.
Feeding for the First Year.
Diseases of the Foal.
Chapter 19: GERIATRICS.
Equine Cushing’s Disease.
Caring for the Geriatric Horse.
Managing Chronic Pain.
Chapter 20: DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS.
Anesthetics and Tranquilizers.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Analgesics.
How to Give Medications.
Chapter 21: ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES.
Appendix A: NORMAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA.
Appendix B: LABORATORY TESTS.
About The Authors.
List of Tables.
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