The Merck Veterinary Manual -Recommendation

The Merck Veterinary Manual is an absolute must have for all pet owners it is as informative and as it is helpful. I have l posted the table of contents so you can see for yourself that owning this book is as important as owning a leash, a crate, heart wormer etc..

Table of contents

1 Description and Physical Characteristics………………………..2

2 Selecting and Providing a Home for a Dog ………………………7
3 Routine Care and Breeding ………………………………………….11
4 Behavior……………………………………………………………………..17
DISORDERS AND DISEASES OF DOGS
5 Blood Disorders …………………………………………………………..33
6 Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders…………………………………53
7 Digestive Disorders……………………………………………………..77
8 Hormonal Disorders…………………………………………………..128
9 Eye Disorders…………………………………………………………….140
10 Ear Disorders …………………………………………………………….155
11 Immune Disorders …………………………………………………….164
12 Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders………………………………176
13 Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders ……………………..194
14 Reproductive Disorders ……………………………………………..214
15 Lung and Airway Disorders ………………………………………..224
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16 Skin Disorders …………………………………………………………..238
17 Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders……………………………283
18 Metabolic Disorders…………………………………………………..300
19 Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems ………………..305
CAT BASICS
20 Description and Physical Characteristics…………………….330
21 Selecting and Providing a Home for a Cat ……………………334
22 Routine Care and Breeding…………………………………………338
23 Behavior……………………………………………………………………345
DISORDERS AND DISEASES OF CATS
24 Blood Disorders …………………………………………………………359
25 Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders……………………………….370
26 Digestive Disorders……………………………………………………383
27 Hormonal Disorders…………………………………………………..415
28 Eye Disorders…………………………………………………………….423
29 Ear Disorders …………………………………………………………….433
30 Immune Disorders …………………………………………………….439
31 Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders………………………………445
32 Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders ……………………..455
33 Reproductive Disorders ……………………………………………..469
34 Lung and Airway Disorders ………………………………………..475
35 Skin Disorders …………………………………………………………..488
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36 Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders……………………………514
37 Metabolic Disorders…………………………………………………..525
38 Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems ………………..528
HORSE BASICS
39 Description and Physical Characteristics…………………….550
40 Selecting and Providing a Home for a Horse ………………..557
41 Routine Care and Breeding…………………………………………560
42 Behavior……………………………………………………………………566
DISORDERS AND DISEASES OF HORSES
43 Blood Disorders …………………………………………………………581
44 Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders……………………………….592
45 Digestive Disorders……………………………………………………602
46 Hormonal Disorders…………………………………………………..641
47 Eye Disorders…………………………………………………………….646
48 Ear Disorders …………………………………………………………….655
49 Immune Disorders …………………………………………………….659
50 Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders………………………………664
51 Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders ……………………..708
52 Reproductive Disorders ……………………………………………..726
53 Lung and Airway Disorders ………………………………………..736
54 Skin Disorders …………………………………………………………..755
55 Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders……………………………781
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56 Metabolic Disorders…………………………………………………..788
57 Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems ………………..793
BIRDS
58 Description and Physical Characteristics of Birds ………..816
59 Selecting and Providing a Home for a Pet Bird……………..827
60 Routine Care and Breeding…………………………………………832
61 Disorders and Diseases of Birds ………………………………….839
EXOTIC PETS
62 Amphibians ………………………………………………………………864
63 Chinchillas ……………………………………………………………….873
64 Ferrets ………………………………………………………………………886
65 Fish…………………………………………………………………………..899
66 Gerbils ……………………………………………………………………..919
67 Guinea Pigs……………………………………………………………….925
68 Hamsters…………………………………………………………………..940
69 Mice …………………………………………………………………………953
70 Prairie Dogs ………………………………………………………………962
71 Potbellied Pigs …………………………………………………………..970

72 Rabbits ……………………………………………………………………..983
73 Rats ………………………………………………………………………..1003
74 Reptiles …………………………………………………………………..1013
75 Sugar Gliders …………………………………………………………..1039
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76 Emergencies…………………………………………………………….1050
77 Diagnostic Tests and Imaging …………………………………..1070
78 Infections………………………………………………………………..1078
79 Diseases Spread from Animals to People (Zoonoses)…..1088
80 Drugs and Vaccines………………………………………………….1118
81 Poisoning ………………………………………………………………..1145
82 Pain Management ……………………………………………………1211
83 Travel with Pets ………………………………………………………1216
84 Health and the Human-Animal Bond………………………..1228
85 Cancer and Tumors………………………………………………….1233
Glossary………………………………………………………………………..1251

Cold Weather Checklist For Your Pets

You are prepared for winter…is your pet?

By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM

First, the basic supply list:

Do you have enough of the following items to last a few days, should the roads become unsafe for travel or the veterinary office is closed?

  • pet food
  • litter
  • fresh water supply
  • soft warm bedding
  • any medications your pet takes on a regular basis

Now for the safety checklist and weather considerations:

  • Outdoor pets
    Some pets are better suited than others for living outdoors. There is a common misconception that dogs will be “fine” if left outside. This is not true! All pets need adequate shelter from the elements and insulation against cold weather. Pets should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather – like humans, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. The young and the senior pets are especially at risk.Certain breeds, such as Huskies and Samoyeds are better suited to very cold weather, but the majority of dogs and need your help and intervention. Indoor accommodations are best during extreme temperature drops, but if that is not possible, set up a suitable house in an area protected from wind, rain, and snow. Insulation, such as straw or blankets will help keep in body heat. If your animal is prone to chewing, do not use blankets or material that can be ingested. Cedar shavings can be irritating to the skin, so use with caution depending on your pet’s hair coat.Caution – do not use a heat lamp, space heater, or other device not approved for use with animals. This is a a burn hazard for your pet and a fire hazard. Pet supply vendors sell heated mats for pets to sleep on or to be placed under a dog house, but read and follow directions carefully before use.

    Fresh water is a must at all times! Pets are not able to get enough water from licking ice or eating snow. A heated dish is a wonderful tool for cold climates. The water stays cold, but doesn’t freeze. Caution needed for animals that may chew. Outdoor pets require additional food for energy and maintaining body heat in harsh climates.

  • Foot care
    Dogs walking in snowy areas may get large ice balls between their pads, causing the dog to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area. For dogs that have a lot of hair between the pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice ball formation. Dog boots offer protection to those dogs that will tolerate wearing them. See what our viewers have to say about canine paw care and boots.
  • Salt and chemical de-icers
    Pets who walk on sidewalks that have been “de-iced” are prone to dry, chapped, and potentially painful paws. This will encourage the pet to lick their paws, and ingestion may cause gastrointestinal irritation and upset. Wash off your pet’s feet after an outing with a warm wet cloth or footbath.
  • Frozen lakes and ponds
    Animals don’t realize what “thin ice” is. Once they fall in, it is very difficult for them to climb out and hypothermia is a very real and life-threatening danger. “Ice skating” dogs are prone to injuries such as cruciate tears if allowed to “skate” with their humans. This is also true of icy walks.
  • Antifreeze Dangers
    Thirsty and curious pets will lap up antifreeze. Just a few licks can be fatal. Lock up antifreeze containers and clean up spills immediately. For more information, please see previous article about antifreeze toxicity.
  • Heat-seekers beware!
    Cats will seek warmth where they can get it, and that may be the warm engine of a car just parked. Before staring your car, knock on the hood or honk the horn to scare off any cats – and prevent tragedy.
  • Arthritic animals
    Arthritis is worse during cold and damp weather. Take special care to handle your pet gently, watch out for icy walks, provide soft (and possibly heated) bedding, and administer any necessary medications. See your veterinarian if your pet is arthritic or you suspect arthritis.
  • If your pet sleeps in the garage…
    As mentioned above, be on the alert for any antifreeze leakage or antifreeze containers left out where they could spill or be chewed on. Also, do NOT start the car in a closed garage – for your safety and your pet’s safety – carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer.

Funny dog pictures to make you smile…

I swear a  Big Doberman busted in and just tore the place  up….’

‘Ahhh, the  fresh, relaxing aroma of feet…….’

‘Uh, cat? What  cat?’

There’s no  explaining Love.

‘Helloooooooo’

‘Hi! Will you  be my friends?!’


Mad Skills….

The good thing  about working here – If you need assistance smiling, there’s  always help!

Pets and Airlines

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates air transportation of pets and all airlines are required by law to follow the guidelines outlined on our Air Travel Regulations for Pets page. However, individual airlines may impose further restrictions or fees for flying with your pet. Use the links below to check airline pet policies before you book your flight.

individual airline policies

Air Canada

AirTran Airways

Alaska Airlines (and Horizon Air)

Aloha Airlines

America West Airlines

American Airlines

ATA

Continental Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

JetBlue

Midwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Sun Country Airlines

Ted

United Airlines

US Airways

Westjet

Marley and me Video Contest

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Marley and me Video Contest

The grand prize winner will be awarded a trip for two to the Hollywood premiere of Marley & Me.

Up to twelve finalists will have portions of their videos shown on National TV and incorporated into the bonus section of the Marley & Me DVD.

HOW IT WORKS:

* Capture your one in a million dog on video.
* Edit video to 30 seconds or less and submit
by Oct. 31.
* See the finalists and vote for your favorite
starting Nov. 17.
* Find out who wins Dec. 15.

Official Contest Rules >>

No purchase necessary. Contest ends 10/31/08.

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The Dog Tags Program

About The Dog Tags Program

Soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabling injuries that make it difficult to cope with the challenges of daily life. In order to provide much needed assistance, Puppies Behind Bars has started the Dog Tags program.

Dog Tags works to match disabled veterans with specially trained Labradors or Golden Retrievers who assist these wounded veterans and help them live fuller lives.

Puppies Behind Bars honors these soldiers by providing them with life companion dogs, who have been raised in prison, as a way of repaying these wounded men and women for their selfless service to our country.

HOW ARE DOGS MATCHED WITH VETERANS?

Veterans must be out of hospital for eight months and be able to provide the basic necessities of vet visits, food and exercise. They also need to demonstrate a desire to become more independent and a willingness to work with a highly trained dog.

Veterans need to complete a short Puppies Behind Bars application and they will then be matched with a service dog school associated with Puppies Behind Bars.

If accepted by the school, the soldier travels to New York or Colorado for a two week period where they are matched with the right dog and taught how to care for them.

WHAT CAN THE SERVICE DOGS DO FOR THE VETS?

Along with providing unconditional love, service dogs can provide a veteran with assistance for many daily tasks such as…

  • Turn on and off the lights
  • Open and close doors
  • Pick up dropped objects
  • Handle money and credit cards for cashiers
  • Assist in taking off shoes and pants
  • Remind the soldier to take his/her medicine
  • And much, much more

WHY IS THIS PROGRAM SO NECESSARY?

Currently, the Veterans Administration cannot offer fully-trained service dogs to all veterans who are in need of them.

Puppies Behind Bars pays for all of the costs associated with raising the dog, matching the dog and soldier and training them to work together. Puppies Behind Bars also covers the cost of one family member’s travel to the specialized school in New York or Colorado.

Puppies Behind Bars has the experience of training these sophisticated animals and is equipped to provide a disabled veteran with the specialized help that he or she so desperately needs.

For more information or to find a Dog Tags application, please visit www.puppiesbehindbars.com or contact Puppies Behind Bars at info@puppiesbehindbars.com

Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips-RECALL-10-20-08

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Recall — Firm Press Release

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The Hartz Mountain Corporation Voluntarily Recalls One Specific Lot of Nationwide Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
John Mullane
(914) 712 9150

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 20, 2008 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation, Secaucus, NJ is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs, and, if there is cross-contamination caused by handling of the rawhide chips, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product involved is 4,850 – 2 pound plastic bags of Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips, lot code JC23282, UPC number 3270096463 which were distributed to a national retail customer. While the normal testing that Hartz conducts through an independent outside laboratory did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz rawhide products, sample testing conducted by another laboratory did indicate the presence of the bacteria in a sample bag of the Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips. Hartz is aggressively investigating the difference in test results and the potential source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners who purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code JC23282 imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 with any questions they may have and to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.