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Posted on September 14, 2007, under Misc
The tenth edition of this well established text was reviewed and the intensively revised and and new diseases was added, based on the literature published in the whole world since 2000. One directs it mainly to the students of the veterinary medicine and the veterinary surgeons and the workmen of field of practice. It came to be intensively employed like a reference by veterinary surgeons in large and mixed the practical animal one around the world: it reached the international relevance, identification and acceptance with several translations.
The book is divided into section of general medicine (15 chapters) which describes the clinical examination and the manifestation of the disease in systems of body and a special section of medicine (21 chapters) which describes the specific diseases of the great animal species, their causes, epidemiology, pathophysiology, private clinic and of the pathological demonstrations, treatment, order and prevention, and risks zoonotic.
Posted on May 19, 2011, under Veterinary Tool
Cattle dehorning is a necessary management practice to prevent injury to animals and handlers. It is generally accepted that the younger the calf is at the time of dehorning, the less invasive and painful the procedure. The American Veterinary Medical Association and many other organizations recommend that cattle be dehorned at the earliest age practicable.
The most convenient method of dehorning is cauterization of the horn bud when calves are 4 to 6 weeks old using a hot iron. Dehorning irons have a cup-shaped hollow in front which fits over the horn bud. By holding the iron at an angle and moving it around in a circulate motion, the skin right around the horn bud is cauterized. The objective is to cause the skin under and around the horn bud to die, preventing horn-growth.
The advantages of using electric method are bloodless and can be used in calves up to two or three months of age. How it works: An iron is heated to red hot, then held firmly to the horn bud for about 20 seconds, destroying the horn-producing cells and preventing further growth.
Why Dehorning? Because Horns may cause injuries to handlers or other cattle, Horned livestock may require specialist equipment, Horned livestock take up more space, Horns may become broken, causing blood-loss and potential for infection, horns may grow towards the head, eventually causing injury, Horned livestock may become trapped in fences or vegetation.
- clarify the question
- determine the urgency of the consultation
- gather data independently rather than relying on that previously obtained
- be brief and succinct
- state the differential diagnosis concisely and be specific in recommendations
- anticipate potential problems and provide options
- honor the roles of other caregivers teach with tact
- maintain direct personal contact with the consulting physicians
- follow up with periodic notes and, where appropriate, recommendations.
Posted on May 1, 2008, under Veterinary Book
Section 1: Behavior
Chemistry and Constraints: How We Choose Our Dogs
Test Your Dog’s IQ
Observation vs Interpretation
Wolf Behavior Patterns
Social Organization Models; A Mind Virus
The Owner Signature: How We Build Our Dogs
What Is Play?
Dog Cognition Research
Ambivalence and Conflicting Motivation
Nutrition and Behavior
Malingering: Do Dogs Ever Fake It?
Section 2: Training
Dog Training Philosophies
Puritanism and Reward Training
Pavlov in Everyday Life
Prompting and Fading
Exploiting Premack’s Principle
Training Deaf Dogs
Managing Barrier Frustration
Home Alone Training
Scratching the Rescue Itch
Section 3: Behavior problems
A Problem According to Whom?
Oh Behave! Love and Mounting
Behavior Problems in Geriatric Dogs
Understanding and Executing Time Outs for Dogs
High Performance Dogs
Dogs and Cats
Small Dog Syndrome
Tales From The Potty Training Trenches
Section 4: Fear & Anxiety
Better Safe Than Sorry: Fear
Compulsive Disorders in Dogs
Understanding Psychotropic Medications for Dogs
Desensitization to Veterinarian Visits
Do Dogs Pick Up Their Owners’ Prejudices?
Section 5: Aggression
The Dog Bite Epidemic
Aggression Prognosis Estimates
Resource Guarding in Puppies
Resource Guarding Prevention
Fighting Dog Rehabilitation
Breed Specific Legislation and Behavior
Section 6: Genetics & Evolution
My Genes Made Me Do It
Genes and Behavior
Adaptive Significance of Various Dog Behaviors
Chows vs Border Collies
Theories of Domestication
Dog Moms and Other Evolutionary Misfires
Last night, I read through the chapters in section 1. I have to say that I think that each chapter is going to be hit or miss with me.
For example, the chapter called “Chemistry and Constraints: How We Choose Our Dogs” wasn’t that enlightening. Jean even admits that there isn’t a lot of research about how we choose our dogs, and she confesses, “So, using a wholly rigorous approach — mulling it over in the shower and chatting with some dog friends — I have generated the following list of dog choice factors.” At least she’s honest, but in a book that throws Pavlov, Premack, and Pinker in the title, I figured the conclusions would be based more in research than mulling it over.
On the other hand, I really enjoyed the chapter called “Observation vs Interpretation.” She contrasts the behaviorism school of thought versus other interpreters, and I’m pretty sure she’s implying folks like Caesar Millan in the later case. It’s pretty clear from the subtext that she doesn’t like the whole “the dog is displaying his dominance” school of thought.
In the end, I think I’ll end up marking the chapters that are worth reading, and then taking the bibliography in the back and doing some further reading. This book is almost like a series of blog posts strung together, and although that’s not really what I look for in a book, it’s probably a good starting point for learning more about what we really know about animal behavior science.
Posted on December 5, 2009, under Tutorial
The purpose of medical consultation is to understand sickness in the context of someone’s life, drawing upon a broad range of approaches to awaken and support a person’s inner healing response. Health challenges impact many aspects of a person’s life, and many aspects of a person’s life can influence illness and the restoration of health. The success of any consultation depends on how well the patient and doctor communicate with each other. There is now firm evidence linking the quality of this communication to clinical outcomes. In the early 1980âs, Goldman, Lee and Rudd published the often-cited â10 Commandments of Consultationâ, which effectively defined a practical standard for internal medicine consultation. Consultants were advised to:
Keep a good communication between doctor and patients is utmost importance, try to avoid whenever possible using a family member to translate. More often than not, you will be wasting your time; you will be unsure of the history and you will be unsure whether the doctor actually understands your problems.Â The phone translator services are usually quite good.
While all physicians have a duty to seek medical consultation when confronted with problems beyond their expertise, the acceptance of a consultation referral by the internist implies certain additional duties. The consultation and its documentation should be carefully constructed to meet these duties and to avoid misunderstandings.
Once the patient and doctor have agreed that psychological distress is an important factor in the patient’s illness, they can start to examine management options to address this. Even if the patient has significant physical disease, it is important to detect and manage psychological comorbidity.