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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Synopses & Reviews
The classic bestseller—expanded and updated
For years, many veterinary treatments for cats were based on research conducted with dogs because it was wrongly assumed that cats were very similar. Recently, there have been giant strides in feline veterinary research. This classic reference is fully updated and revised to reflect these advances and gives you the most up-to-date guidance on cat health and cat care. It includes:
Whether you have a kitten or a senior cat, this resource helps you quickly identify potential problems, take proper steps in emergency situations, better understand diagnoses and treatment options, and communicate more effectively with your veterinarian. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again.
A manual on the health care of cats suggests methods of treatment for their diseases and medical emergencies and discusses the nutrition, pregnancy, and the behavior of cats.
Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook Fully revised and expanded, the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook is the most essential book any cat owner can have. Clearly written, step-by-step directions give you vital information at your fingertips: when you can treat your cat yourself and how to communicate signs and symptoms so that your veterinarian can give your pet the best care possible. A quick reference section on emergencies, all in alphabetical order, enables every owner to find information fast when time is shortest. An index of signs and symptoms on the inside front cover puts every page reference right at hand. Headings in boldface type make finding the right information easy, and charts and tables on vaccinations, household drugs, antibiotics and much more, give complete answers to questions all cat owners ask. A thoroughly detailed index highlights all items covered. Over 200 illustrations enhance every owner's understanding of how to give pills and other medications, how to take a cat's temperature and how to apply bandages. Here in one comprehensive volume is the latest in lifesaving procedures and all veterinary therapies to help you give your cat a lifetime of good care.
Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
About the Author
Delbert G. Carlson, D. V. M. Dr. Carlson, a medical and surgical practitioner in Springfield, Missouri, received his degree from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 1955. Dr. and Mrs. Carlson have raised five children and have always owned cats and dogs. Dr. Carlson is past president of the Greene County Humane Society and is currently in veterinary practice with his daughter, Lisa D.Carlson, D. V. M., who has contributed greatly to this book.
James M. Giffin, M. D. Dr. Giffin, a surgeon in Colorado, served as Chief of Surgery at the 45th Surgical Hospital in Vietnam and was activated to serve in Operation Desert Storm. He has been active in showing dogs, and has always enjoyed the companionship of cats. He also enjoys hiking and other outdoor sports. He is the co-author of the Complete Great Pyrenees, Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook and Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook, all available from Howell Book House.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: EMERGENCIES.
Handling and Restraint.
Artificial Respiration and Heart Massage.
Acute Painful Abdomen.
Drowning and Suffocation.
Insect Stings, Spiders, and Scorpions.
Snake and Lizard Bites.
Chapter 2: GASTROINTESTINAL PARASITES.
Deworming Your Cat.
Other Worm Parasites.
Chapter 3: INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
Antibodies and Immunity.
Chapter 4: THE SKIN AND COAT.
The Cat’s Coat.
How to Avoid Coat and Skin Problems.
Beyond the Brush.
Sorting Out Skin Diseases.
Other Insect Parasites.
Hormonal Skin Diseases.
Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex.
Lumps and Bumps on or Beneath the Skin.
Chapter 5: THE EYES.
Structure of the Eye.
If Your Cat Has an Eye Problem.
The Nictitating Membrane (Third Eyelid).
The Tearing Mechanism.
The Outer Eye.
The Inner Eye.
Chapter 6: THE EARS.
Structure of the Ears.
Basic Ear Care.
The Ear Canal.
Chapter 7: THE NOSE.
Signs of Nasal Irritation.
The Nasal Cavity.
Chapter 8: THE MOUTH AND THROAT.
How to Examine the Mouth.
Signs of Mouth and Throat Disease.
The Salivary Glands.
Chapter 9: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.
Small and Large Bowels.
The Anus and Rectum.
Chapter 10: THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.
Signs of Abnormal Breathing.
Trachea and Bronchi.
Chapter 11: THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM.
Evaluating the Circulation.
Chapter 12: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The Central Nervous System.
The Spinal Cord.
Nerve Injuries and Diseases.
Chapter 13: THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.
Limping or Lameness.
Muscle, Bone, and Joint Injuries.
Inherited Orthopedic Diseases.
Metabolic Bone Disorders.
Chapter 14: THE URINARY SYSTEM.
Signs of Urinary Tract Disease.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure).
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).
Uroliths (Bladder Stones).
The Adrenal Glands.
Litter Box Issues.
Chapter 15: SEX AND REPRODUCTION.
Screening for Health Problems.
The Estrus (Heat) Cycle.
Diseases of the Male Genital Tract.
Diseases of the Female Genital Tract.
Pseudocyesis (False Pregnancy).
Chapter 16: PREGNANCY AND KITTENING.
Care and Feeding During Pregnancy.
Signs of Imminent Delivery.
Dystocia (Difficult Labor).
Postpartum Care of the Queen.
Chapter 17: PEDIATRICS.
Sexing a Kitten.
Caring for Newborns.
Raising Kittens by Hand.
Choosing a Healthy Kitten.
Chapter 18: NUTRITION.
Basic Nutritional Requirements.
Commercial Cat Foods.
Diets for Health Problems.
Feeding Your Cat.
Common Feeding Errors.
Chapter 19: TUMORS AND CANCERS.
Cancer in the Cat.
What Causes Cancer?
Treating Tumors and Cancers.
Common Surface Tumors.
Breast Swellings and Tumors.
Feline Leukemia Virus.
Hyperthyroidism (Thyroid Cancer).
Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma.
Chapter 20: GERIATRICS.
The Geriatric Checkup.
Adding a New Kitten.
Chapter 21: MEDICATIONS.
Drug Treatment of Behavior Disorders.
How to Give Medications.
Appendix A: NORMAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA.
Appendix B: COMPARATIVE AGE OF CATS AND HUMANS.
Appendix C: LABORATORY TESTS.
Appendix D: USEFUL RESOURCES.
About the Authors.
List of Tables.
What Our Readers Are Saying