Equine Geriatric Medicine and Surgery
Joseph J. Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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Thirty-three contributors worked on this book. This entire book is a tribute to the dedication of these authors to providing appropriate and humane treatment to aging horses. The book opens with a discussion of what constitutes an old horse.

The animal-human bond is also explored. There are many issues of interest in this chapter, primarily looking at the horse-to-human bond and human-to-horse bond. The author takes a slightly different tack than most animal-human bond writers, and the result is a more informative chapter.

All aspects of the aging horse are contained here, including horses that live exclusively in the field, active aging horses, specific organ problems, dental issues, hoof and leg problems, malignancies, and systemic diseases (arthritis, Cushing's). There is even a short comment on breeding the older horse or mare.

Medical issues, such as surgery or anesthetics on both healthy and compromised horses, are discussed. There is an excellent chapter on cardiac disease in the geriatric horse. There are good photos of necropsied hearts, and some explanatory ultrasonographic images.

The dental chapter is good, as it explains some of the corrections needed to repair the dentition of older (and sometimes neglected) horses. The chapter on endocrine issues of horses illustrates some of the external signs of disease with photos, and explains diagnosis and treatment of some of the more common endocrine diseases.

The important issue of exercise in the older horse covers such topics as respiratory function, cardiovascular response, thermoregulation, body and muscle issues, endocrine response to exercise, and more. This presents some interesting issues and will no doubt influence some recommendations to owners about their old horses. For those interested in acupuncture, there is a good dissertation on the topic, including pain management and therapy. You will need to be familiar with acupuncture to benefit from this chapter, as it does not start from scratch. However, it has a very large reference section at the end of the chapter (241 references).

There are some excellent appendices associated with the chapter on manual therapy: Continuing Education, Motion Palpation of the Spine and Pelvis, and the Sacroiliac Joint.

The chapters on Neurologic Disease and The Geriatric Equine Foot are just two of the important issues of old horses. A complete list of the chapters is shown below. I liked the entire book. I had to limit the comments on each chapter, because they are all so good. I could have written another small book myself on the usefulness of this book. This is not a big book, but a book packed with information. I found it to be informative and to-the-point; where a topic is not addressed in-depth, the references lead the reader to further information.

General Contents

  • The Impact of the Geriatric Population
  • Human Animal Bond
  • Field Approach and Wellness Management of Geriatric Horses
  • Anesthetic Considerations
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Geriatric Dentistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Frontier Medicine
  • Gastrointestinal Medicine
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hepatic Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Management
  • Neoplasia
  • Neurological Disease in Aged Horses
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Urology
  • Grief Support Techniques in a Bond-Centered Equine Practice
  • A Horse Owner's Guide to the Geriatric Horse

Elsevier (2006 publication date).

Hardcover, 288 pages, 8.5 x 11" format, black and white photos.

ISBN 9780721601632.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
 
Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets
 
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* Geriatrics Dog & Cat 2nd Ed.
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: October 17, 2006

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