A comprehensive reference textbook for all those using osteopathic treatment techniques with animals or birds, or studying to do so. The book is divided into sections: equine osteopathy; general small animal osteopathy; osteopathy for exotics- (pets such as tortoise, snakes, ferrets etc); osteopathy for wildlife – native as well as non to the UK including species found in most zoological collections; avian osteopathy – both domestic and wild/exotic. Each sections will cover specific information to that group. This makes the book appropriate for supporting structured postgraduate university validated courses in a clear and easily navigable way.
Content includes detailed sections on the differences encountered when working with animals; health and safety around different species; working within the law; integrating with allied professions; anatomy; physiology and pathophysiology; neurology; orthopaedics; differential diagnosis; differential aetiology of presenting conditions when compared to the human model; supportive husbandry and rehabilitation methods.
It includes sections covering approaches to patient care; specifics of taking a detailed case history; use of supporting diagnostics; observation; palpation; structuring a treatment programme suitable for each species. Osteopathic treatment techniques and physical patient contact methods are be explained as well as graphically illustrated. All chapters are fully referenced and include revision notes to act as guidelines for the reader.
Chapter 1. An introduction to working in Animal Practice
Chapter 2.The Dog
Chapter 3. The Cat
Chapter 4. Small Furries (Rabbit, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig)
Chapter 5. The Horse/Pony
Chapter 6. Standard and Exotic Livestock (Cow, Pig and Sheep as well as Alpaca and Kuni Kuni)
Chapter 7. Reptiles (snake, lizard and tortoise)
Chapter 8. Birds
Chapter 9. Small Wildlife and Exotics (basic wildlife species including the hedgehog)
Chapter 10. Mega Fauna (Asian and African Elephant, Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Big Cats, Wolves, Great Apes)