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    Veterinary Medicine: A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats

    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.
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    Electric Calf Dehorner for Cattle Dehorning

    Posted on May 19, 2011, under Veterinary Tool

    Electric Calf Dehorner for Cattle Dehorning

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    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.


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    Oh Behave!: Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker

    Posted on May 1, 2008, under Veterinary Book

    Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker$13.57 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

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    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
    Neonate Puppies
    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
    Shaping
    Exploiting Premack’s Principle
    Ringwise Dogs
    Training Deaf Dogs
    Managing Barrier Frustration
    Home Alone Training
    Scratching the Rescue Itch

    Section 3: Behavior problems
    A Problem According to Whom?
    Marking
    Barking
    Oh Behave! Love and Mounting
    Car Whining
    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
    Separation Anxiety
    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
    Predatory Drift
    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
    Breeder Power
    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.

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    Important Things in Medical Consultation

    Posted on December 5, 2009, under Tutorial

    medical-consultation-illustrationThe 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 1980’s, Goldman, Lee and Rudd published the often-cited “10 Commandments of Consultation”, which effectively defined a practical standard for internal medicine consultation. Consultants were advised to:

    • 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.

    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.  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.