Über den Autor
John Chitty BVetMed, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVSnJohn is a director of a small animal and exotics practice in Andover, UK with a 100% avian and exotics caseload. He works with several zoological collections and has lectured and published widely on a variety of avian and exotic species as well as co-editing two avian texts.rnAidan Raftery MVB, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVSnAidan is currently the clinical director of the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic in Manchester, UK. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and has produced many chapters for textbooks on exotic animal medicine and surgery. He is also a regular presenter at conferences and at continuing education events for veterinary surgeons.
Preface virnPart I Introduction 1rn1 Biology 3rn1.1 Species and Family Overview 3rn1.2 Natural History 9rn1.3 Sex Determination and Incubation of Eggs 20rn1.4 Physiology/Anatomy 27rn1.5 Chelonian Behaviour 34rn2 Husbandry 41rn2.1 The Husbandry Review 41rn2.2 Hibernation 50rn3 Practice Needs 54rn3.1 Equipment 54rn3.2 Economics 56rn3.3 Hospitalisation 59rn3.4 Instructions for Receptionists 62rn4 Examination 63rn4.1 Transport Guidelines 63rn4.2 History and Examination Techniques 64rn4.3 Handling 76rn4.4 Zoonoses 78rn5 Basic Techniques 80rn5.1 Venipuncture and Sample Handling 80rn5.2 Toenail Trimming 87rn5.3 Beak Trim 90rn5.4 Stomach Tubing 93rn5.5 Injection Techniques and Therapeutics 97rn5.6 Fluid Therapy 102rn5.7 Cytological Sampling and Biopsy 105rn5.8 Microchipping 108rn5.9 Euthanasia 112rn6 General Anaesthesia 114rn7 Imaging 120rn7.1 Radiography 120rn7.2 Ultrasound 127rn7.3 Endoscopy and Biopsy 130rn7.4 Advanced Imaging Techniques 137rn8 Surgery 139rn8.1 Surgery Needs and Equipment 139rn8.2 Haemostasis 142rn8.3 Surgical Techniques 143rn9 Clinical Pathology 150rn9.1 Haematology and Serum Biochemistry 150rn9.2 Parasitology 163rn9.3 Microbiology 166rn9.4 Post-mortem Examination Techniques 174rnPart II Presentations 179rn10 Anorexia 181rn11 Diarrhoea 185rn12 Dyspnoea 187rn12.1 Respiratory Disease 187rn12.2 Coelomic Cavity Distension 191rn13 Otitis Media/Aural Abscess 192rn14 Egg Retention/Dystocia 195rn15 Fallen in Pond 198rn16 Follicular Stasis 200rn17 Orthopaedics 205rn18 Fractures of the Shell 216rn19 Hepatic Lipidosis 222rn20 Lameness 225rn21 Lethargy 229rn22 Soft Tissue Masses 231rn23 Nasal Discharge 235rn24 Ocular and Conjunctival/Palpebral Swelling 239rn25 Ocular Opacities and Blindness 242rn26 Generalised Oedema or Anasarca 248rn27 Inflammation of the Oral (Stomatitis) and Pharyngeal Areas 251rn28 External Parasites 254rn29 Internal Parasites 256rn30 Peeling Skin or Shell 265rn31 Prolapse 270rn32 Shell Disease 275rn33 Skin Ulceration 280rn34 Soft Tissue Trauma 285rn35 Swimming Problems 289rn36 Swollen Limbs 292rn37 Uroliths 299rn38 Vomiting and Regurgitation 302rn39 Metabolic Bone Diseases 305rn40 Shell Deformities 309rnAppendix 1 Formulary 313rnAppendix 2 Haematological Normals 318rnAppendix 3 Toxicoses 320rnIndex 327
Reach for this book whenever a sick or injured tortoise comes into the surgery. Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery is designed as a concise and practical quick reference for the busy practitioner seeing chelonians as part of their caseload. Covering everything from species identification to common basic surgery for tortoises and freshwater turtles, the emphasis is on the more common and likely diagnoses.rnThe first section of the book gives an overview of the basics of tortoise and semi-aquatic/ aquatic freshwater turtle husbandry and keeping, as well as a guide to general investigation and diagnostic techniques open to clinicians. The second section provides a clinical guide based on clinical signs and differential diagnoses.rnBased upon the experience of authors who have been practicing with these species for several decades, this book is a useful guide to veterinarians, students, veterinary nurses and technicians new to working with these fascinating creatures. It will also serve as a useful aide memoire to more experienced clinicians.