Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization, 5th Edition
This is the fifth edition of the Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization . It is perhaps the largest selling book of its kind, having sold thousands of copies around the world. If the Handbook is truly a success, a lot of credit must be given Dr. Ulysses S. Seal who originally had the idea for a comprehensive, but easy-to-use, book for wildlife biologists faced with the challenge of animal capture.
This handbook is intended to provide wildlife biologists, wildlife and zoo veterinarians, game ranchers, animal control personnel, and students with a portable reference for the chemical capture of wild animals. This handbook is designed to accompany the user into the field and should act as a rapid reference source for those faced with the challenge of chemically capturing a wild, and often uncooperative, animal. Its format is intentionally brief, serving to highlight, rather than detail, the salient aspects of each section. Those desiring a more in-depth discussion should seek out the relevant literature offered. Despite the emphasis on brevity, it behooves the novice to be familiar with everything covered in this text.
The Drug Doses section is designed to rapidly locate the species of interest and select an appropriate immobilizing agent. We have compiled and analyzed drug doses from published reports or private records and then made a single recommendation for a given species based on our, and others, experience with the drug and species. Other drug choices and appropriate references are also included should you not agree with, or not have available, the recommended drug(s). The primary recommendation does not necessarily mean that the chosen drug(s) is always the best choice under all circumstances. Experience with the various drugs will eventually allow you to make informed choices on your own. Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary 5th Edition
In the Equipment Used for Animal Capture section, we were not reluctant to point out deficiencies or praise performance. Such praise, however, does not convey endorsement of the product.
Also included are sections on Animal and Human Medical Treatment . Again, these are intended to serve as quick reference sources to recognize and treat the most common emergency conditions encountered in the field, but not as a definitive treatise on emergency medicine.
Interspersed throughout this book is information that we consider either important to read or that might be a good idea. The important information will be annotated in the
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