|Review by Kathy Lyon
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Whether it is chemical or physical, practically all treatment depends on adequate restraint of the patient. Veterinary patients are usually not willing to have blood drawn or to hold still for radiographs. The secret of keeping veterinary patients under control can go from a few soft words and a gentle restraint, or a liberal application of "brutecaine."
The methods of restraint and the reasons for same are pretty much evident. This book is illustrated with photos showing the most effective method of restraint for a variety of treatments. I had to admire the patience of the white cat who had to suffer these indignities for the sake of demonstration. Only one photo reveals a tiny bit of exasperation.
The chapter on restraint of dogs is excellent and has good recommendations for prospective handlers.
The issues of animal and handler safety are in the first chapters, as well as the circumstances for which restraint is appropriate.
There is a chapter on knot-tying, which has never been my strong point. The illustrations show step-by-step how to tie an assortment of knots. Use of some knots is shown in other chapters.
The most extensive chapters are on restraint of cats and dogs, with 75 color photos showing various restraint techniques for cats and 110 for dogs.
The other chapters include restraint of cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, and small mammals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, ferrets, and birds. There are some restraint methods that I would not want to use, as to me, the handler would still be at risk for a bite (rat, I would not press its head to my side) and I would not recommend a rubber band as a tourniquet (rat).
I found a couple of minor typos (or misspellings), but that did not detract from the information in the book. The book also promotes castration under physical restraint rather than chemical restraint. I have no doubt that this method will some day soon be a welfare issue regarding pain in animals.
I like the section on sheep and goats, but it could have been mentioned that goats have very delicate throats' and if the head is held up and the handler's hands grasp the neck too tight, the handler risks collapsing the pharynx. I liked the photo illustrating the position for jugular venipuncture, as it shows the goats head held more to the side with apparent gentle restraint. The section on oral medication could have been more explicit in instructing the handler to not point the goat's nose UP during administration. In my opinion, liquids are best shot across the tongue with the head in a natural position.
There is some excellent advice for dealing with restraint of horses and cattle-they can be dangerous if the handler is not careful and wary.
There are a couple of minor points to which I take exception: I would not recommend placing a bird on your chest to restrain it. That can be good for a severe bite. Also, the book recommends placing Laxatone on a ferret's abdomen to distract it, but putting some food on a tongue depressor and using that is much more efficient, especially if you wish to examine the abdomen. This book will be most useful for technicians and students, however, I think that all technicians and veterinarians should read this book so they have a good understanding of the basics of physical restraint. They should make a point to read the chapter on principles of restraint and on removing/replacing animals in cages.
Mosby Publishing/Elsevier imprint (2006).
Soft cover, 8.5 x 11 format, 230 pages, 578 color illustrations,