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Anyone know of a good home veterinary book?

 
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I looked through Permies book list, but only found "The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable". I plan to buy this one, but does anyone know of another layman's book regarding general animal care that covers more than just medicine? I'm looking for basic methods of procedure for physical ailments: managing a broken bone (hopefully just until the vet arrives), dealing with attacked poultry -blood loss/open wounds and the like, tending to boils or abscesses. I'm having hard time determining whether the basic vet handbooks on Amazon are going to be way over my head or not.
 
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I just came across a book that might be what I'm looking for; anyone familiar with it? https://nzfarmlife.co.nz/product/the-farmers-veterinary-guide-book/  .
Since resource books like these are so hard to find, -I've been researching for a long time,- I figured I would post it as a possibility for the next person trying to find something of the kind.
 
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I don't have any livestock currently, but what I did for my dogs and cats is get a book on natural care, then got an old edition of a veterinary manual. It works pretty well, but only if you have an idea of what the animal could have origionally. It sounds like you might be looking for more of a diagnoses tool/guide? Either way, I would check out Amazon for old veterinary textbooks.

This is the same sort of thing I got for my dogs and cats, it goes over all different medicine and treatments: Merick farm animal guide  Its $48ish bought new, not bad for a textbook.

I can't find any general farm animal diagnoses book, there is this one about 'Clinical Examinations' available new from about $20.
Clinical examinations


Oh geez, I get an F for reading comprehension in this matter. Looks like you might want more of a First aid type book. When I get home I can post some pictures of the vet manual I have as an example. It's not something you'd want to try and decipher in an emergency, but if you have an idea of what is going on, then it's not bad.

ETA: They also have veterinary guides for owners, which seems to cover most of what you want, Vet Owner guide
 
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Thank you for the recommendations Morgwino; actually the vet owners guide looks like a good one. I hear that Merck is the king of veterinary manuals, but since I've never had access to one I just assumed it would be way over my head. Then again, I just checked my library and they actually have one; I can make an educated decision about whether or not I want to invest in a copy of my own based on that. I searched the library before online, but I guess I was spelling Veterinary wrong because nothing came up. This opens up a lot possibilities. If you could share what you have Morgwino, that would be great! The price of these books really add up, especially when you don't know what to expect.
 
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If you are looking for home remedies and cures you may want to look into older books From E-bay or Abe books. There were a lot of books published from 1900's to about the 1960's on animal husbandry and veterinary. Nowadays everything is so controlled by the veterinarian lobby groups to be the only source for treatments. There can be a lot of good information in some of the old books but read with a grain of salt as some cures have been proven not to work. If you find something you would like to try do another search specifically related to the cure for more opinions.

A quick search of antique veterinary books produced a page of results.
 
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So my lengthy and thought out reply got eaten... Let's try this again lol

shoot, didn't eman for them to display sideways... well, at least they posted. The book is broken down by species, then by system affected. the issues themselves have no rhyme or reason to how its listed, though each has symptoms listed as well as treatments. the charts are easy to read and in plain language, and the diagrams are straightforward. back of the book has definitions for uncommon words as well. I would say the biggest flaw isn't  in the wording, but more just a layout; the fonts are too similar for headers and such so you can't just flip through quickly.

I second what Lorne says. while treatments have changed over the years, basic diagnostics sure haven't. I tend to troll the free kindle books area for that, and while some of it is certainly eyebrow raising, the advice tends to be straightforward. While not a conventional tool at all, some phone apps can have nice layouts with basic information. If you do go with buying Mercks, make sure to look for the previous edition. I could wax poetic on the textbook scheme, but basically there is very, very little difference between editions and the price drops off steeply.

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