New PDF release: Birds of Prey: Health and Disease

By John E. Cooper

ISBN-10: 0632051159

ISBN-13: 9780632051151

ISBN-10: 1405147326

ISBN-13: 9781405147323

Raptor biology has advanced vastly because the e-book of the unique variation of this ebook lower than the identify Veterinary facets of Captive Birds of Prey. With assistance from prime overseas specialists, John E. Cooper has up to date and extended this vintage connection with comprise all of the most up-to-date facts at the healthiness and illnesses of raptors. whereas nonetheless serving the wishes of veterinary surgeons who deal with birds of prey, Birds of Prey: well-being & illness additionally appeals to a large readership of falconers, avian researchers, breeders, rehabilitators and zoo staff.Important adjustments to this new version are the inclusion of knowledge on free-living birds, extra fabric on fractures, pathology, laws and poisons, and new sections on neonatology, well-being tracking, captive-breeding and host-parasite relations.This booklet reports all points of birds of prey, giving precious updated info on illnesses and pathology, but in addition taking a look at the heritage of the topic, the origins of phrases, the evolution of present considering and finishing with a competent checklist of fundamental references for extra interpreting.

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Whether gloves are worn or not, it is vital to ensure that the bird’s wings are held close to the body and not allowed to flap (Plate 8); uncontrolled wing movements can damage the plumage and are distressing to both bird and owner. It should be noted that it is possible to hold a bird firmly (yet gently) in such a position that one cannot be reached by either feet or beak. Catching large raptors, such as vultures and eagle owls, is often best achieved by grasping the legs, above the feet, and immediately turning the bird upside-down.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM Birds are endothermic animals and generally have a high metabolic rate. Birds, as warm-blooded animals, burn 30 times more metabolic energy than do reptiles of the same size (Gill, 1990). The avian cardiovascular and respiratory systems are extremely efficient, allowing them to withstand great cardiopulmonary stress. Migrating geese, for example, can cross the Himalayas at a height of over 9000 m, which in terms of human energetics is equal to riding up Mount Everest on a bike (King & McLelland, 1984).

Some important clinical signs described in the book include ‘anorexia’ (absence of appetite), ‘dyspnoea’ (difficult breathing), ‘tachypnoea’ (rapid breathing), ‘dysphagia’ (difficulty in swallowing), ‘diarrhoea’ (loose faeces), ‘dysentery’ (blood in faeces), ‘oedema’ (‘edema’ in American English) (abnormal accumulation of fluid), ‘hyperaemia’ (increase in blood supply), ‘atrophy’ (decrease in size of a tissue or organ) and ‘hypertrophy’ (increase in size of a tissue or organ). Clinical diseases may be described as ‘peracute’, ‘acute’, ‘subacute’ and ‘chronic’ depending upon their duration while the forecast of the probable course of a disease, regardless of its cause, is the ‘prognosis’.

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