Completely updated with the latest information on infectious diseases, parasites, breeding and foaling, and alternative therapies, the Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook, Third Edition is still as useful and easy to navigate as the original, classic text. With an index of signs and symptoms, a guide to the organs and body systems, a general index, cross-references, and a helpful glossary, this book will help you diagnose and treat your horse. You will appreciate the well-organised contents, which will help you find the information you need quickly, when your horse needs your help most.
About the Author
Thomas Gore, DVM, has been practicing veterinary medicine for over thirty years. Growing up on a cattle ranch in the mountains of western Colorado, he has been caring for, and caring about, horses all his life.
Paula Gore, MT ASCP, began training colts when she was fifteen years old. Her equine experiences include racetrack work, an Arabian breeding facility, showing in both English and Western disciplines, competing in team penning, and cattle work.
Introduction. Chapter 1: EMERGENCIES.
Handling and Restraint.
Abdominal Pain (Colic).
Exertional Myopathy (The Tying-Up Syndrome and Azoturia).
Insect Stings, Spiders, and Scorpions.
Snake and Lizard Bites.
Sudden Unexplained Death.
Chapter 2: PARASITES.
Internal Parasites (Worms).
Controlling Internal Parasites.
Controlling External Parasites.
Chapter 3: INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
Systemic Fungal Diseases.
Antibodies and Immunity.
Chapter 4: THE SKIN AND COAT.
How to Avoid Coat and Skin Problems.
Sorting Out Skin Problems.
Environmental and Traumatic Skin Disorders.
Tumors and Cancers.
Chapter 5: THE EYES.
Field of Vision.
The Eye Exam.
If Your Horse Has an Eye Problem.
Foreign Bodies and Chemicals in the Eye.
The Outer Eye.
The Tearing Mechanism.
The Inner Eye.
The Blind Horse .
Chapter 6: THE EARS.
The Ear Canal.
The Middle and Inner Ear.
Chapter 7: THE MOUTH.
Signs of Mouth Problems.
Problems in the Mouth.
Taking Care of Your Horse's Teeth.
Chapter 8: THE FEET.
The Elastic Tissues.
The Hoof as a Shock Absorber.
Putting on Horseshoes.
Natural Hoof Care.
Foot Wounds and Injuries.
Foot and Hoof Diseases.
Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
Chapter 9: THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.
Conformation and Soundness.
Joint and Ligament Injuries.
Developmental Orthopedic Diseases.
Muscle Injuries and Diseases.
Chapter 10: THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.
Signs of Nasal Irritation.
The Guttural Pouches.
The Soft Palate and Epiglottis.
The Lower Respiratory System.
Chapter 11: THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.
Evaluating the Circulation.
Congestive Heart Failure.
Equine Blood Types.
Chapter 12: THE URINARY SYSTEM.
Signs of Urinary Tract Disease.
Diagnosing Urinary Tract Diseases.
Urinary Tract Infections.
Uroliths (Urinary Tract Stones).
Chapter 13: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The Neurological Examination.
Cranial Nerve Paralysis.
Peripheral Nerve Injuries.
Spinal Cord Problems.
Brain and Spinal Cord Infections.
Chapter 14: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.
The Small Intestines.
The Rectum and Anus.
Chapter 15: NUTRITION AND FEEDING.
How to Feed Your Horse.
Weight Gain and Loss.
Wood Chewing and Cribbing.
Chapter 16: SEX AND REPRODUCTION.
The Estrous (Heat) Cycle.
Abnormal Heat Cycles.
Preparing the Mare for Breeding.
Infertility in the Mare.
Assisted Reproduction Techniques.
Infertility in the Stallion.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Diseases of the Female Reproductive System.
Diseases of the Male Reproductive System.
Chapter 17: PREGNANCY AND FOALING.
Care and Feeding During Pregnancy.
Life-Threatening Complications of Pregnancy.
Preparing for Foaling.
Normal Labor and Delivery.
After the Delivery.
Dystocia (Prolonged Labor).
Chapter 18: PEDIATRICS.
Feeding for the First Year.
Diseases of the Foal.
Chapter 19: GERIATRICS.
Equine Cushing's Disease.
Caring for the Geriatric Horse.
Managing Chronic Pain.
Chapter 20: DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS.
Anesthetics and Tranquilizers.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Analgesics.
How to Give Medications.
Chapter 21: ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES.
Appendix A: NORMAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA.
Appendix B: LABORATORY TESTS.
About The Authors.
List of Tables.