[bksvol-discuss] Re: wish list

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:37:38 -0800 (PST)


If it's anything like the Aims book that Allison did I


--- maithe007 <maithe007@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi G. Cindy, 
> I would really appreciate it if you could place a
> book on the wish list for me.  It is called:  
> The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health : The
> Complete Pet Health Resource for Your Dog, Cat,
> Horse or other Pets
> by Merck Publishing and Merial
> ISBN-13: 9780911910995
> Pub. Date: October 2007
> Synopsis:
> The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health delivers
> animal health expertise in everyday language that
> all pet owners can understand. This in-depth new
> resource,
> authored by over 200 veterinary experts, covers the
> full spectrum of today's pets, from dogs, cats and
> horses to birds, reptiles, fish and other exotic
> pets. No other book provides as much health
> information on as many types of animals. The one
> resource for a lifetime of pets.
> I think this book needs to be done in-house as it
> has some graphs and/or diagrams.  This is the reason
> I am not scanning it.  Here is a cute article from
> the New York Times regarding this book.  Thanks!
> Maithe
> maithe007@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Pet Ferret Hit by an Arrow? Here's a Book for You
> By
> Published: December 18, 2007
> Does your gerbil seem depressed?
> Is its coat rough, its appetite flagging, its
> posture hunched?
> Does its exercise wheel stand sadly silent?
> If so, it might be suffering from Tyzzer's disease,
> a bacterial infection commonly seen in gerbils,
> especially when stressed.
> Then again, the little rodent might just have a bad
> case of
> pinworms.
> Not knowing which diagnosis applies - or more
> likely, never having heard of either ailment - is
> often frustrating for pet owners, who are unsure how
> serious
> their animal's illness is or what to do about it.
> The new Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: Home
> Edition (Merck & Company, $22.95), an exhaustive
> guide to the illnesses and care of many of the
> species
> that humans, sensibly or not, have turned to for
> companionship, aims to help out.
> Merck's manual for humans has long been a resource
> for doctors, a bible for worried mothers and a draw
> for hypochondriacs, who can spend hours matching
> their symptoms to the diseases it describes.
> In the 1,345 pages of the pet version, readers can
> find, among other things, the anatomy of a turtle;
> six signs of hyperparathyroidism in a dog; a list
> of 27 houseplants poisonous to pets; a description
> of lockjaw (an infection that leads baby birds to
> starve to death); instructions for what to do if
> your
> pet is shot with an arrow (don't pull it out); seven
> causes of liver injuries in horses; the necessary
> components of a pet travel kit; 161 diseases that
> can be passed to humans from animals; and yes, a
> proper diagnosis for a sick gerbil.
> Those new to pet ownership will discover basic
> information about choosing pets and how to provide
> them with a good home. In some cases, they may
> decide
> to forgo the pleasure: a sugar glider, for example,
> while extremely cute, spends its nights barking and
> chirping and, the book notes, requires at least
> two hours of human contact per day, lest it develop
> behavioral problems - like cannibalism.
> The bulk of the manual, a popular translation of the
> handbook for veterinarians published by Merck since
> 1955, is devoted to the three most common household
> animals: dogs, cats and horses. But the guide also
> includes chapters on birds and so-called exotic
> pets, like fish, reptiles, amphibians, chinchillas,
> ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats,
> rabbits, prairie dogs, pot-bellied pigs and sugar
> gliders, as well as sections on emergency care,
> poisoning,
> cancer
> and other subjects.
> The sheer number of creatures found between the
> book's covers is likely to distinguish it from other
> pet health guides, most of which focus on a single
> species or even a single breed. And the manual,
> written by 200 veterinarians, is likely to find an
> eager readership in an animal-crazed nation, where
> 68.7
> million households include at least one pet and
> $24.5 billion a year is spent on veterinary care,
> according to a survey released this month by the
> American
> Veterinary Medical Association.
> "We felt there was a need for a comprehensive book,"
> said Dr. Scott Line, the manual's associate editor
> and an animal behaviorist at Merial, a veterinary
> drug company co-owned by Merck and Sanofi-Aventis.
> "People have multiple pets," Dr. Line said. "Eighty
> or 85 percent of horse owners also own a dog; half
> of dog owners have a cat. If you have one book that
> covers all different species it will make it easier
> for people."
> Still, like The Merck Manual for human health, the
> pet version often sacrifices depth for breadth. It
> describes hundreds of diseases, some that readers
> will find familiar, like
> diabetes
> and
> epilepsy,
> and many others they are unlikely to recognize, like
> guttural pouch mycosis (which affects horses) and
> proliferative enteropathy (recently weaned rabbits).
> "My feeling is there was a little bit of information
> on everything and not a lot of information on any
> one thing," said Dr. Susan Hackner, head of the
> department
> of critical care and emergency medicine at the
> Animal Medical Center in New York. "It's like other
> Merck manuals in that it addresses very briefly and
> concisely a very comprehensive list of diseases. I
> think that it's more of a coffee-table book."
> Dr. Hackner noted that some things in the manual
> were very helpful - for example, the basics of
> emergency care and the list of household poisons
> (especially
> when read before an animal ingests one). There are
> specific instructions for nursing a sick bird, a
> discussion of when to euthanize a desperately ill
> pet
> and useful descriptions of a variety of medical
> tests and treatments.
> Dr. Hackner praised the glossary and the dozens of
> graphics in the book, singling out a schematic
> drawing of a cat's kidney that she said was "really
> interesting."
> But she added that equal space in the manual seemed
> to be given to very common illnesses - for instance,
> immune mediated hemolytic
> anemia,
> which she said was common in dogs and that the
> hospital sees a few times a week in summer - and to
> disorders like hepatozoonosis, a parasitic disease
> affecting
> dogs and cats, which the hospital sees rarely, if at
> all.
> Some readers may find missing from the guide any
> mention of commonly used alternative medical
> treatments, like acupuncture. And those who own
> exotic animals
> will almost certainly be better served buying a book
> dedicated wholly to their species.
> These lapses, however, are unlikely to deter most
> pet owners, who can be as obsessive about their
> animal's health as they are about their own. And it
> can't
> hurt to know that that strong musty smell is coming
> from your unneutered ferret, that a chunk of avocado
> could kill your cockatiel and that you should
> never, ever pick up a gerbil by its tail.

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