With the aim of helping people to keep healthy animals, this book covers a wide range of things that affect the health of livestock, from diarrhoea to rinderpest, and from traditional remedies to the use of modern medicine. The text also includes advice on care, feeding, and handling of animals. Emphasis is placed on preventing and controlling diseases and problems. The book covers routine treatments, assisting births and dealing with emergencies. Not only should it help readers realize what they can do to help their own animals, but should also help them recognize which problems need assistance from experienced vets or skilled workers. The book covers cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys and camels. It also describes some important problems of dogs, rabbits and poultry.
It is aimed at anyone who keeps animals, and for people who help advise or teach others who keep animals: the farmer who lives far from a vet - the book explains simply what can be done to prevent, recognize and treat many common sicknesses; the vet assistant or other skilled worker who advises others - medicines and treatments are explained and also warnings are given against any which are useless or dangerous; the teacher in a rural school - guidelines are given for teaching other people about animal health which should be useful in the teaching of agricultural science; and the NGO worker or agricultural extension worker who advises farmers on animal welfare. This is a companion book to "Where There Is No Doctor".
Part 1 About this book and how to use it: diseases that people get from animals; vet equipment and medicines; how to handle animals for treatment; how to measure liquids and solids. Part 2 Sharing your knowledge: ways to share your knowledge using this book; parts of the body; how to tell the age of an animal (a useful training session). Part 3 Healthy animals: taking care of animals; how to keep animals healthy at different stages in their life. Part 4 Emergencies and simple operations: emergencies and first aid; simple operations. Part 5 How to prevent and control disease: infection; how to control parasites inside the body; how to control parasites outside the body. Part 6 Signs of disease: what does an animal look like?; how to look for signs of disease; a quick guide to signs of disease and what they mean. Part 7 Diseases and problems and what to do about them: how to care for a sick animal; diseases and problems mostly to do with animals dying suddenly; diseases and problems mostly to do with eyes; diseases and problems mostly to do with ears; diseases and problems mostly to do with skin; diseases and problems mostly to do with lumps and swellings; diseases and problems mostly to do with breathing; diseases and problems mostly to do with eating and digestion; diseases and problems mostly to do with reproducing and the udder; diseases and problems mostly to do with urine; diseases and problems mostly to do with behaviour and movement; diseases and problems mostly to do with many different parts of the body; common poisons and what to do about them. Part 8 Medicines: general information about medicines; antiseptics, disinfectants and wound dressings; antibiotics and other medicines for infections; medicines for trypanosomosis, trypanocides; medicines for worms; medicines for parasites outside the body, insecticides; medicines for problems with eating and digestion; medicines for other problems; vaccines. Part 9 Where to get more help.