CORNER: Book Reviews by
Advanced Koi Care For Veterinarians and Professional
by Nicholas Saint-Erne, DVM
One Fish - Watch Reality TV instead
Two Fish - This book is better than
a water change
Three Fish - A book even your fish
Four Fish - Best In Show!
A Review By Librarian Debra
It wont be long before we are
saying goodnight and sweet dreams to our favorite back yard
pets. The leaves are already turning, there is a chill in
the air and suddenly the pond thermometer has received more
attention then usual. Our pets are still happy and roaming
and stocking up on the good foods that will sustain them in
the season ahead. And, because our focus turns to our koi
and the preparation for hibernation I thought it most fitting
to review the Advanced Koi Care book.
Certainly I cannot lay claim to understand
this entire book. After all it is written with the "Vets
and Keepers" as the target audience. However, I do have
to say that this is an extremely important book even for the
hobbyist, like me. This book is the product of nearly 4 decades
of fish care by Dr. Saint-Erne.
The book addresses many issues from
clinical procedures through disease descriptions. I have to
say that this book was used once as a "tool" in
diagnosing the chiladenella that was afflicting our fish several
years back. Again, fair warning this is written at a high
level but the layman will also gain knowledge.
It is clear that Dr. Saint-Erne is
an expert in this field. You will find information on formulas,
solutions, deterring predators, water quality, parasites,
fungus, filtration and clinical procedures. For those who
like graphic and pictorial additions this book is supported
with much visual effects to compliment the content.
Its difficult to "review"
this book as it is more of a tool to be used in Koi keeping.
The lay out and indexing makes for easy searching of subject
matter. When its cold and windy and you are not outdoors
picking leaves from your shores, consider this book. You will
be preparing yourself for a new successful year and have additional
knowledge on how to keep your pets safe and well. And, when
they arent, how to identify what ails them. Definitely
a book to purchase for your home library or to borrow from
the Club Library.