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* Contributions from ferret experts around the world provide the most up-to-date information on this increasingly popular animal
• Discusses differences in clinical practice throughout the world and provides practical tips and clinical scenarios for effective practice
• An essential text for the small animal practitioner and ferret enthusiast alike

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Julia K Whittington, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book covers the husbandry, medicine, surgery, and special anatomy of ferrets. Updated from the first edition in 2000, this is largely the work of the author, but it does contain contributions from several notable experts in the field of ferret medicine. Interspersed throughout the chapters are sidebars titled "Author's clinical example" or "clinical case," which help to underscore points in the text and give the material a conversational feel.
Purpose: The author's stated purpose is to give veterinary practitioners a tool for providing care to ferrets and communicating with ferret owners. Additionally, the author hopes to increase the quality of care given to ferrets. These are noble ideals and the non-U.S. based viewpoint that permeates the book distinguishes this from other similar resources currently available.
Audience: Practitioners who are working with ferrets in a small animal practice setting are the intended audience. Specifically, the author indicates that small animal veterinarians working with pet dogs and cats will find the book useful while caring for ferrets, "one of the three carnivores sharing the home of man." The author's credentials indicate that he has extensive experience with ferrets and a good understanding of associated husbandry, medicine, and surgery. It is obvious from the book, largely written by the author, that he has a passion for these creatures and is interested in advancing the field of ferret medicine.
Features: Approximately one-third of the book is dedicated to husbandry issues. One notable addition to this section is an excellent discussion of ferret genetics which is largely omitted by most books. Although the book makes good use of images, the quality of some of the images is less than ideal. The many tables, schematics, and diagrams are excellent additions. Medicine and surgery are split into two sections, which is a little inefficient when covering a topic that fits in both, but the author cross-references these well. Some may feel that the unconventional conversational tone of the book diminishes it, but it does not distract from the content. The most notable problem with the book is the small font size.
Assessment: This book was a pleasure to read and it offers refreshing exposure to a field of exotic animal practice dominated by a U.S. perspective. It is well written with an informal feel that may appeal to pet practitioners. The second edition has incorporated current information and would be a good addition to the clinic library.
Kent Davis
As the title suggests, this is a general text on ferret husbandry, medicine, and surgery. It has one author, two contributors, three parts, and sixteen chapters. There are 289 pages. The purpose is to give general information on a broad spectrum of conditions relating to the domestic ferret. I feel the book has accomplished this goal. The intended audience is veterinary practitioners. The author is very knowledgeable and has achieved his intended goal of presenting various conditions in the ferret in an easy-to-read format. This general book presents a broad-spectrum of conditions relating to the domestic ferret. Color plates, diagrams, and illustrations are used to convey information. It is laid out in as easy to understand text without lengthy, useless information. The quality of this book is good and the color plates are especially useful. The table of contents is easy to use and directs readers to the appropriate subject. References are available for further, in-depth information. The general husbandry section is especially useful for new ferret owners.
Veterinarian founder of the Western Australia Ferret and Ferreting Society, Lewington offers a broad reference for anyone who comes into contact personally or professionally with the animals, which are becoming increasingly popular as pets. He augments his own down-under experience with care, diseases and their treatment, nutrition, and breeding with that of specialists in the US and Europe. He includes a section on surgery, with contributions from others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"...the absolute ultimate in the field of ferret keeping.

...I cannot believe there is a ferret keeper in the world who would not benefit by reading it."Shooting Times & Country Magazine, November 2000
combination of North American medicine and practical European husbandry makes the book uncommonly well balanced, providing a truly ferret world view.

Dr Lewington s chapters on ferret medicine are the best information in print for Australian and New Zealand veterinarians, and probably UK and European veterinarians.

I certainly recommend Ferret Husbandry, Medicine and Surgery as an essential textbook to any veterinarians in Australia or New Zealand who sees ferrets.

The chapters on husbandry alone make the book a worthwhile purchase. The other sections are bonuses that may or may not be to your liking, but are informative and guaranteed to improve clinical expertise." Thomas Donnelly BVSc, Dip Vet Path, Dip ACLAM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702028274
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: HUSBANDRY: Classification, history and current status of ferrets; External features and anatomy profile; Accommodation; Nutrition; Reproduction; Handling and medication; PART 2: MEDICINE: Viral, bacterial and mycotic diseases; Parasitic diseases of ferrets; Diseases of internal organs; Diseases of the ferret ear, eye and nose; General neoplasia; Endocrine diseases; PART 3: SURGERY: Anaesthesia and radiology; General surgery; Ferret vasectomy and orthopaedic surgery; Ferret emergency techniques

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