Clinical Examination of Farm Animals by Peter Jackson, Peter Cockcroft

By Peter Jackson, Peter Cockcroft

Medical exam is a basic a part of the method of veterinary analysis. with no informed scientific exam and a correct prognosis it truly is not likely that the remedy, keep watch over, diagnosis and welfare of animals may be optimised.

This booklet will support veterinary scholars of their knowing of farm animal medical exam and act as a short reference for clinicians who're referred to as upon to check an unusual species. it's going to additionally offer a extra distinct account for skilled clinicians of their carrying on with expert development.

The authors supply an easy, specific and trustworthy approach to interpreting farm animals, sheep, pigs and goats of every age within the look for diagnostic information.

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The various presentations of nystagmus are discussed fully under examination of the nervous system in Chapter 14. Some ocular movements are seen in normal animals. The eye moves to a limited extent within the orbit if the animal is visually following a moving object. If the head is tilted upwards the eyes move downwards within the orbit, a movement involving the vestibular system and known as vestibular eye drop. Position of eyeball in orbit Eyes The eyes must always be examined with great care.

12; see also Fig. 7). Air flow through both nostrils should be assessed by holding the hand close to the nose where the pressure of air flow can be appreciated. Air flow should be approximately the same through each nostril and may be reduced by inflammation of the nasal mucosa or by tumour formation within the nasal passages. 12 Muzzle of heifer showing fading lesions of bovine papular stomatitis. See also Fig. 7. be taken (see below). A foetid odour on the patient’s breath may be detected in cases of nasal infection and necrosis, pharyngeal infection or pneumonia.

Skin scrapings These are particularly useful in the diagnosis of mange infestation. They should be taken, if possible, in the early stages of the disease. Later on very few mites may be present as they encounter the skin’s defence mechanisms. The scraping is best taken with a scalpel blade to a depth at which signs of capillary bleeding just appear. The scraping may be examined microscopically directly or after treatment with potassium hydroxide. Skin biopsy This is the most useful of the special diagnostic tests.

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