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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.