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Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets

Cheryl Lopate (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-0793-5
336 pages
August 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets is a comprehensive yet practical reference on small animal neonatology.  Covering reproductive physiology of pregnancy and parturition, normal neonatology, and neonatal disorders in dogs, cats, and small exotic mammals, the book gives special emphasis to fetal well-being, parturition, normal physical parameters, behavior, common disorders and defects,  emergency care, and orphan management. Information on nutritional and environmental considerations for both the dam and offspring is included, as well as guidance on offering advice to breeders providing neonatal care at home.

Well illustrated throughout, Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets is a complete resource for the successful management of pregnant and newborn pets.  Veterinary practitioners, students, technicians, and professional breeders all will find the book’s how-to, clinically relevant approach to small animal neonatology invaluable.

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Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Kennel Management and Nutrition of the Bitch and Her Offspring 1
Jill Cline

2 Cattery Management and Nutrition of the Queen and Her Offspring 15
Jill Cline

3 Reproductive Physiology of Canine Pregnancy and Parturition and Conditions of the Periparturient Period 25
Cheryl Lopate

4 Reproductive Physiology of Feline Pregnancy and Parturition and Conditions of the Periparturient Period 43
Daniele Zambelli

5 Assessment of Fetal Well-Being and Gestational Age in the Bitch and Queen 55
Cheryl Lopate

6 Neonatal Resuscitation: Canine and Feline 77
Cheri A. Johnson and Margret L. Casal

7 Canine Neonatal Physiology, Behavior, and Socialization 93
Cheryl Lopate and Kersti Seksel

8 Canine Neonatal Disorders 129
Margaret V. Root Kustritz

9 Feline Neonatal Physiology, Behavior, and Socialization 145
Daniele Zambelli

10 Feline Neonatal Disorders 159
Margaret V. Root Kustritz

11 Canine and Feline Congenital Defects and Genetic Counseling 169
Margret L. Casal

12 Management of Orphan Puppies and Kittens 207
Margret L. Casal

13 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of Rabbits 217
Cynthia R. Bishop and Mark E. Burgess

14 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of Cavies (Guinea Pigs) 239
Cynthia R. Bishop and Mark E. Burgess

15 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of the Small Rodents (Hamsters/Gerbils/Rats/Mice) 259
Mark E. Burgess and Cynthia R. Bishop

16 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of Hedgehogs 273
Mark E. Burgess and Cynthia R. Bishop

17 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of Sugar Gliders 283
Mark E. Burgess and Cynthia R. Bishop

18 Reproductive Physiology, Normal Neonatology, and Neonatal Disorders of Chinchillas 295
Mark E. Burgess and Cynthia R. Bishop

Index 309

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Cheryl Lopate, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT, is a co-owner of Reproductive Revolutions, a reproductive specialty practice that caters to companion animals, and Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic, a seven-doctor general small animal practice.

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  • Covers kennel management and nutrition
  • Includes information on the physiology of pregnancy and parturition, dystocia management and periparturient disorders
  • Presents clinically relevant information on caring for both healthy and ill neonatal dogs, cats, and exotics during the first eight weeks of life
  • Focuses on neonatal disorders, congenital defects, emergencies, behavior, and socialization
  • Includes nearly 200 clinical photographs and illustrations to demonstrate the concepts discussed
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“This modest sized, soft cover book is crammed full of everything you may want to know about our pregnant and neonate patients. It is exciting to have a book overseen by one of the limited Diplomats in Theriogenology in the United States making the book even more credible. All eighteen chapters are chock full of discernible information for quick reference.”  (VSPN.org, 30 September 2013)

“The editor should be very pleased with this book. It reads well, works well as a book and will no doubt be a useful resource in veterinary practice.”  (The Veterinary Journal, 1 August2013)

“All in all, I highly recommend this modestly priced book, and it will be a welcome addition to my reference shelf.”  (Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2013)

“I would definitely suggest this book to breeders, students and newly qualified vets , and I think it should be reserved a spot on all veterinary practice bookshelves.”  (Veterinary Record, 16 February 2013)

“Each chapter is backed up by references and the part on small mammals and exotics can prove extremely useful in practice.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 1November  2012)                   

“This is a particularly useful book, crammed full of information which practitioners should definitely have within arms’ reach, and which I will be adding to our practice’s bookshelf.”  (Veterinary Practice, 1 November 2012)

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