on March 6, 2003
I have just about every goat medicine and management book available and this is by far the best. Smith and Pugh are decent books, but when you need a quick answer Matthews is the best. This book is inexpensive, portable, and gives treatment options not found in the other texts. I am a veterinarian and see on an average of 10-15 small ruminants per week and this book is used constantly. I found the anaesthetic protocols particularly useful as I am not fond of using Xylazine in goats. There are few pictures, but the information is easily located and you don't have to wade through alot of useless albiet interesting informatin. This book may not be as useful to goat owners as for veterinarians, because it does assume a basic veterinary education. Any vet that works on small ruminants should have a copy of this book, and if you are a goat owner you may want to consider purchasing this as a gift for your veterinarian or at least showing them this review and encouraging them to buy a copy. I cannot reccommend this book highly enough for the small ruminant practitioner.
on May 9, 2002
"Diseases of the goat" is an excellent comprehensive reference manual for experienced goat herders and veterinarians alike. The book covers all major diseases and their treatments, and includes drug dosage recomendations. All drugs are listed with their generic and brand names. Some surgical proceedures are also discussed, and anesthetic dosages are discussed as well. This book is the first book I pull out when my veterinarian needs reference material on goats.