Ferrets: Health, Husbandry and Diseases

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Small animal practices are seeing more ferrets than ever before and there is a need for comprehensive and easy to use information on the health, husbandry and diseases of these animals. This book is a practical and concise guide to the care and management of the domestic ferret.

Section 1 covers biology and husbandry; section 2 comprises a systematic, practical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases; section 3 covers anaesthesia, common surgical procedures, ...

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Overview

Small animal practices are seeing more ferrets than ever before and there is a need for comprehensive and easy to use information on the health, husbandry and diseases of these animals. This book is a practical and concise guide to the care and management of the domestic ferret.

Section 1 covers biology and husbandry; section 2 comprises a systematic, practical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases; section 3 covers anaesthesia, common surgical procedures, methods of sampling and administration, and handling and clinical examination; and section 4 contains tables on biological data and drug dosages.

Here, a wealth of useful information has been brought together in one book for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and all those involved in the care and management of ferrets.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Michael A. Ringenberg, DVM, DipACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an introductory text on ferret husbandry, health, and disease.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to meet the growing need for a medical text solely devoted to ferrets. This is a worthy objective, which has been met.
Audience: The primary audience, according to the author, is veterinary students and practitioners. The text content and format will mostly benefit veterinary students. The author is a credible authority on the subject.
Features: The book is divided into four sections: one on basic biology, management, and nutrition of ferrets; one is a systematic description of common ferret diseases; and two cover clinical approaches, biological data, and pharmaceutical formulations tailored for the ferret. There are a few black-and-white photographs and anatomical cartoons. Several high quality color plates are provided. References are current and located at the end of major sections. The author has a provided a unique appendix offering a differential disease list for commonly encountered clinical problems. A flow chart for the clinical work up of skin conditions is a helpful supplement within the dermatology chapter. Most information on the biology and medicine of ferrets has been previously lumped into a chapter or two of text covering pocket pets and rabbits.
Assessment: This is an introductory text solely devoted to this growing pet population. The foreword states the intended European market; still, the topics covered pertain to the American audience as well. As with any text, space is limited and the author has provided an overview of many recognized conditions encountered in the ferret. More detailed information on specific topics may be obtained from listed current references. The text will likely be of most benefit to veterinary students.
Michael A. Ringenberg
This is an introductory text on ferret husbandry, health, and disease. The purpose, according to the author, is to meet the growing need for a medical text solely devoted to ferrets. This is a worthy objective, which has been met. The primary audience, according to the author, is veterinary students and practitioners. The text content and format will mostly benefit veterinary students. The author is a credible authority on the subject. The book is divided into four sections: one on basic biology, management, and nutrition of ferrets; one is a systematic description of common ferret diseases; and two cover clinical approaches, biological data, and pharmaceutical formulations tailored for the ferret. There are a few black-and-white photographs and anatomical cartoons. Several high quality color plates are provided. References are current and located at the end of major sections. The author has a provided a unique appendix offering a differential disease list for commonly encountered clinical problems. A flow chart for the clinical work up of skin conditions is a helpful supplement within the dermatology chapter. Most information on the biology and medicine of ferrets has been previously lumped into a chapter or two of text covering pocket pets and rabbits. This is an introductory text solely devoted to this growing pet population. The foreword states the intended European market; still, the topics covered pertain to the American audience as well. As with any text, space is limited and the author has provided an overview of many recognized conditions encountered in the ferret. More detailed information on specific topics may be obtained from listed current references. Thetext will likely be of most benefit to veterinary students.
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Offers a practical and concise guide to the care and management of the domestic ferret, covering biology and husbandry, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, anesthesia and common surgical procedures, methods of sampling and administration, and handling and clinical examination. Includes tables on biological data and drug dosages, and color photos of healthy, diseased, and dissected ferrets. Distributed by Iowa State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632051786
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/9/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; Preface; Section 1: Biology and management: Anatomy; Biology and behaviour; Management and nutrition; Methods of identification; Breeding; Section 2: Diseases, a systematic approach: Clinical examination and handling of the ferret; Respiratory diseases; Gastro-intestinal diseases; Urogenital diseases; Reproductive diseases; Nutritional diseases; Musculoskeletal and neurological diseases; Dermatological diseases; Endocrine diseases; Neoplastic diseases; Section 3: Minor procedures: Methods of sampling and administration; Anaesthesia; Common surgical techniques; Section 4: Useful information: Biological Data; Further Reading; Appendix 1: Differential Diagnoses for Common Presenting Signs; Appendix 2: Drug Doses for Use in Ferrets; Index.
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