Handbook of Veterinary Obstetrics (2nd Ed)

Handbook of Veterinary Obstetrics (2nd Ed)

This handbook provides a clear and practical guide to veterinary obstetrics in large and small domestic animals.
A detailed description of normal birth facilitates immediate recognition of the abnormal by the practitioner and provides a baseline against which dystocia and its treatment can be measured. The causes of dystocia encountered in each of the domestic species are described, with notes on some exotic species. Immediate care of mother and offspring following delivery, and problems which occur post-parturition are also covered.


"Additional features helping set the handbook apart from others include the innovative obstetricians' check lists in the form of flow charts covering many of the conditions detailed. The book follows a clear reference format, providing detailed, concise information in a highly readable form.I feel this would be a useful reference guide for any practice, being of greatest benefit to the less experienced clinician or student." Kate Pennell, Veterinary times, November 2004

Karin Mueller, The Veterinary Record, March 2005
"An outstanding overview of normal parturition in the common large and companion animal species. This book provides good value, and even readers experienced in obstetrics will find new information. The author succeeds in providing clear guidelines on what to expect and how to manage each situation."

Key Features

  • Practical guidance is provided for managing obstetric cases.

  • Superb illustrations help readers understand problems and interventions.

  • Advice is provided on pre-natal care and the prevention of dystocia.

  • Common causes of dystocia are explained, species by species.

New to this Edition

  • Content has been thoroughly revised and updated — including new diagnostic techniques — to reflect the latest developments in veterinary obstetrics.

  • Thorough information is provided on the drugs used in veterinary obstetrics.

  • Greater detail has been added to information on dystocia in the ewe — including specific problems like ringwomb.

  • An additional discussion has been added to dystocia in the dog and cat on the treatment of prolonged gestation and the management of the newly recognized condition of partial or incomplete abortion.

  • Material has been added on the rabbit and the other less common species.

  • Information on post parturient problems in large and small animals now includes content on the treatment of conditions like fluid therapy in small ruminants and eclampsia in the bitch.

  • Discussions on the prevention of dystocia now address fetal monitoring and drug therapy for the induction of birth.

  • A number of new illustrations give greater clarity to the text and emphasis to species like the sheep.


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