Listed below are the 3 books I couldn't
live without. I refer to these veterinary manuals constantly
when dealing with my cavies. Many exotic veterinarians have the
first 2 books on their own bookshelves. The 3rd book is written
by a British vet, so is not found as often at our clinics. All
of these books are written by veterinarians specializing in "exotics"
such as cavies.
Vets that don't specialize in exotics
but do see them, should also have these books handy. If you own
cavies and don't have access to veterinarian who is knowledgeable
and experienced with cavies, owning at least one of these books
is an especially good idea. Bring it with you when having your
sick cavy examined by your vet. The book may help a vet with
little cavy experience to diagnose and treat your cavy safely
and effectively. It could help determine what medicine and dose
is used. Hopefully the vet would be impressed enough to order
his own copy.
All of the books below are available through
Barnes & Noble book stores (www.bn.com) or Amazon.com (www.amazon.com).
The Biology and Medicine of Rabbits
and Rodents, by J. Harkness and
This book has been out the longest, and
is currently in its 4th edition (1995). It has been updated every
6 years or so. This book contains valuable medical information
on rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats. It
has a list of medications and doses that can be used for these
animals. Charts and sketches, no photos. $35.95 at B & N.
Note: When I checked 7/2004, new copies
of this book are no longer available. You may be able to buy
used copies through either of these book stores.
Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents
- Clinical Medicine and Surgery,
by K. Quesenberry and J. Carpenter (2003).
The second edition was published
December 2003. This book has medical information from many exotic
veterinarians and experts on ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas,
rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and hedgehogs. Lots
of helpful pictures and a great list of drugs and doses used
in each animal. $57.95 at B & N.
Diseases of Domestic Guinea
Pigs, by V.C.G. Richardson
The second edition was published
June 2000. This is a smaller book, but well written and detailed.
A little easier to understand on some points than the first 2
books listed. Richardson is not only a vet, but also a cavy breeder
for many years. Richardson is a British vet, some of his treatments
and medications may not be available or as appropriate in the
US. The reproduction chapter is much more detailed than the other
2 books. $42.99 at B & N.
If you don't have much of a medical background
you may have trouble understanding some of what you are reading
in these books. A medical dictionary or medical encyclopedia
may prove helpful. These books are NOT like the fun to read pet
shop books with beautiful colored photos. These are for people
who want serious biology and medical information on their cavies.
The fourth book on my list is one I feel
every guinea pig owner should have. It is written expressly for
guinea pig owners, to help them take better care of their pets.
Cavy Health Record Book
The first edition of this book came out
early 2004. Regular updates are planned. I love this book! I
am now including a copy with every JPGPR adoption package because
I feel so strongly that every guinea pig owner and their guinea
pig(s) will benefit from it. This book was put together by the
gal that runs the Guinea
Lynx - Cavy Health Care Online! web site and messageboard.
It is sold for a very affordable $7.50 plus shipping at the Guinea
Lynx site. This little book is packed with common sense tips,
as well as helpful and important information on guinea pig care
and health topics. There are also pages where owners can record
specific information about each pet guinea pig. For a more detailed
description of this book or to order it, go to http://guinealynx.info/record_book.html.
On an added note, the Guinea Lynx site
has always been a staunch supporter of rescues. This summer (2004)
Guinea Lynx held an auction to raise money so that many of these
wonderful books could be given to various guinea pig rescues
around the country, and even overseas. Jack Pine Guinea Pig Rescue
was extremely pleased to receive some of these donated books
and put them to very good use.
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