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Free online vet manual

kayla
December 4th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Wasn't really sure where to post this (mods feel free to move) but I just found a free online vet manual that looks really good if anyone is interested:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp

For the record I'm not suggesting anyone uses this in replacement of a vet, but it has explanations of all sorts of things that could be useful to any pet owner! For example, there is a part on estimating a dogs age by its teeth:

Dogs: The following data were found reliable in ~90% of large dogs. There is more variation in small dogs (especially toy breeds) and in dogs with undershot or overshot jaws. Even, or level, bites usually result in excessive wear.

1 yr: Cusps worn off lower I 1.

2 yr: Cusps worn off lower I 2.

3 yr: Cusps worn off upper I 1.

4 yr: Cusps worn off upper I 2.

5 yr: Cusps of lower I 3 slightly worn. Occlusal surface of lower I 1 and I 2 rectangular. Slight wear of canines.

6 yr: Cusps worn off lower I 3. Canines worn blunt. Lower canine shows impression of upper I 3.

7 yr: Occlusal surface of lower I 1 elliptical with the long axis sagittal.

8 yr: Occlusal surface of lower I 1 inclined forward.

10 yr: Lower I 2 and upper I 1 have elliptical occlusal surfaces.

12 yr: Incisors begin to fall out (unless care has been taken to maintain healthy gingival and periodontal tissues).