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The Merck Veterinary Manual Hardcover – October 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0911910933 ISBN-10: 091191093X Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2945 pages
  • Publisher: Merck; 10 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091191093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911910933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Merck Veterinary Manual is the most comprehensive, reliable reference for veterinary professionals. Trusted for more than 50 years, this reference now features hundreds of full-color images, including illustrations, photomicrographs, and radiographic, ultrasonographic, and endoscopic images. In addition, all 3,000 pages have been updated to reflect the latest advances in veterinary medicine.

This new edition offers comprehensive coverage of exotic and laboratory animals and an extensively revised zoonoses reference table. The section on behavior has been thoroughly revised, and includes the most current information on diagnosing and treating behavioral disorders in dogs, cats, and other domestic animals.

Updated Content:

  • Comprensive discussion of diseases and disorders affecting all common domestic animals
  • Expanded coverage of exotic animals, including pet birds, fish, ratites, reptiles, and rodents
  • Zoonotic potential of veterinary diseases is highlighted throughout
  • Expanded discussions of topics such as antimicrobial resistance, off-label drug usage, vaccines, and advances in imaging techniques
  • Extensively revised Behavior and Immunology sections
  • Reorganized Toxicology section for easier reference

Ten Brand-New Chapters

  • African Hedgehogs
  • Biology of the Immune System
  • Cloning of Domestic Animals
  • Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine
  • Disorders of Potassium Metabolism
  • Equine Metabolic Syndrome
  • Poisonous Mushrooms
  • Porcine Circovirus Diseases
  • Pseudopregnancy in Goats
  • Seminal Vesiculitis in Bulls

The Merck Manual has also been completely redesigned for easier reading. Offering a colorful new look at animal health, this edition is truly indispensable.

Interesting Facts from the Ten New Chapters

1. African Hedgehogs: African Hedgehogs can live up to 8 years.

2. Biology of the Immune System: Immune cells signal each other by means of small proteins called cytokines. Several hundred different types have been identified.

3. Cloning of Domestic Animals: The most common tissue used for cloning from adult animals is subcutaneous connective tissue.

4. Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Because of the lack of manufacturing standards, quality control, and known effects in animals, herbal medicines probably present a greater risk of adverse effects and interactions than other types of complementary and alternative therapies.

5. Disorders of Potassium Metabolism: Potassium homeostasis in ruminants is determined by the balance between absorption in the GI tract and excretion in saliva.

6. Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Hyperinsulinemia with normal blood glucose concentrations (insulin resistance) is the primary clinical finding in equine metabolic syndrome.

7. Poisonous Mushrooms: The period between ingestion and appearance of clinical signs often indicates the prognosis in cases of mushroom poisoning. If the latency is less than 3 hours, the signs are typically self-limiting and not life-threatening.

8. Porcine Circovirus Diseases: Porcine multisystemic wasting syndrome has been reported worldwide and has also been identified in wild boar.

9. Pseudopregnancy in Goats: The fertility of does treated for pseudopregnancy appears to be normal, so culling affected goats is generally not indicated.

10. Seminal Vesiculitis in Bulls: Vesiculitis in bulls is most often caused by bacteria and is most commonly identified in yearling bulls.

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"This book continue to be a valuable resource for veterinary students and veterinarians. The changes made to the 10th edition make the book more useful and continue to keep it current." (American Journal of Veterinary Research, 4 April 2011)

More About the Author

Cynthia earned a bachelors degree from Emory University, followed by a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She has served as the editor or managing editor for several human health resources, including The Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. She was also instrumental in the start-up and served as the first managing editor for a leading arthritis journal, and served as deputy managing editor for physician news at WebMD. She currently works for Merial Limited, where she serves as the editor of The Merck Veterinary Manual, the comprehensive veterinary reference book on animal diseases and The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, a book for pet owners that describes animal diseases in every-day language.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carols Critters on February 8, 2012
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I am SO glad I bought this book, it's like a Bible for veterinarians but I'm not a vet! I've got lots of pets of a variety of species and there's always something going on with them, always some new ailment I've never heard of. Just last week I lost my Pomeranian buddy without warning to a "Mucocele" which is a gall bladder issue, so I set out to find a veterinary manual that would explain in detail what had happened. One day he was healthy & playing and 2 days later he was gone. This book has a lot of detailed information on it so I was able to talk intelligently with the surgeon on the sequence of events that led to my heartbreak. It confirmed that as our doctor said, there was nothing we could have done any differently. I also read in here about CL in goats. That is an awful disease where goats break out in abscessed lumps and there is no cure. My pygmy goat has CL and thanks to this book I now know the drainage from these lumps contains bacteria that can live for up to 8 months in soil and 3 months on wood fences.
I've only begun to search thru this book and I already feel I've gotten my money's worth. It also has a section on poisonous substances and antidotes.
Now don't get me wrong, this is not a "how to" book so you can do things on your own. It's a valuable tool for those who understand the medical lingo and have an interest in the details of veterinary care. It gives you a better understanding of why your veterinarian made certain choices, and you can research a diagnosis so you can work as a team with your pets doctor. I'm really very happy I bought this manual and I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2010
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The tenth updated edition of the classic The Merck Veterinary Manual offers any practicing vet and veterinary libraries a powerful reference. Hundreds of color images include illustrations, endoscopic images, ultrasonographic results and more, while all 3,000 pages of this 'bible' have been updated to reflect the latest veterinary science practices. Coverage of all common domestic animals and newly expanded coverage of exotics and lab animals are offered in a key acquisition for any serious vet's collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P+J on March 20, 2011
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I'm starting veterinary school in the fall, and I am using this book as a preview of what is to come. It has been very useful for that. It is a reference, so it is not the type of book that can easily be read from front to back. Rather, I am flipping through it to find interesting chapters that I think might be interesting to have some background in before I learn all of this in more detail in the vet med classes. It has color pictures, and lots of charts for medication and dosages. I'm told that this is a good review for the national boards that must be taken by everyone around graduation time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lyssa Seefeldt on June 2, 2012
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This is truly the standard for a comprehensive list of diseases that most pet owners/livestock producers/veterinarians will encounter (only some of the obscure diseases are missing, and those will likely be added if they become a more prominent public issue). The Merck Veterinary Manual has been considered a veterinary standard for years. I don't think I have met a vet yet that doesn't have this book stocked on their shelves. That being said, this book is written in easily understood language and the parts that are a bit more difficult usually have further explanations or will refer you to sections of text that cover a particular concept.

The book is broken up into sections based on the locality of the disease: eye and ear, metabolic, respiratory, management & nutrition, etc. The index is usually the easiest way to look up a specific disease. Each disease section covers symptoms, description of the disease, vectors (carriers of the disease like bacteria vs. parasites), how to recognize the disease, treatments/therapies, and when the problem is likely to occur (age, season, etc). This edition (10th) marked the edition of color photos for many of the diseases, facilitating the understanding of the disease.

This edition has once again expanded the list of topics and species covered, expanding the exotic animal section once again. There is also a section related to behavior problems and behavior modification concept/definition which can be useful if you learn and understand the principles discussed. Another useful section is the emergency situation section. A reference section is also quite handy-it provides average ranges for temperatures, respiration rates, and pulses on "normal" livestock and companion animals.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bruno on November 29, 2010
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I loved this book . It has a lot of images which make it easier to study. I would recomnd this book to all the students taking veterinary exams here.
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It is a gift for Engdaw at the World Family Australia the Dairy Project in Bonga Ethiopia. In a few weeks we will be there and let you know
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By Ma T. on May 20, 2014
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Bought it for my kid sister doing Vet Medicine. It arrived in great shape. This book is like a Med Surg book for nurses for Vet Students. My Sister prefer this author to any other.
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By Penny on May 14, 2014
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I bought this for my granddaughter who is starting Veterinary Technology program this summer. I have version 5, this one is much more complete with lots of new information. Easy to find information on everything you might want to know about animal diseases and care.
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