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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen L Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Diseases affecting the skin and ears of dogs and cats are among the most common problems veterinarians see. This is the first book to focus specifically on dermatological therapies.
Purpose: It is intended as an easy-to-use resource for veterinarians seeking information on drugs to use for the treatment of skin and ear disorders of dogs and cats. Veterinarians will be especially pleased to find many recipes for compounded topical treatments for ear diseases.
Audience: Although written primarily for veterinarians in general practice, the book also will be useful for veterinary students and veterinarians working in specialty practices as well as pharmacy technicians and pharmacists working with veterinarians. The authors include a two highly regarded, board-certified veterinary dermatology specialists and a well-known and highly respected pharmacist/PharmD.
Features: The first of the book's four sections consists of alphabetically arranged synopses of pertinent information veterinarians should know prior to prescribing systemic medications for the treatment of dermatological disorders. Each synopsis includes the generic name, U.S. and U.K. brand/trade names, drug classification, indications, contraindications, mechanism of action, dosages, formulations, side effects, drug interactions, monitoring and any practice tips (called "notes"). Section 2 on topical agents presents similar information for antipruritic agents, anti-inflammatory agents, antimicrobials, antiseborrheic agents, immunomodulatory agents, retinoids, antiparasitic agents, miscellaneous agents and otic preparations, including several compounded otic preparations. Section 3 has an overview and tips for prescribing and managing allergen-specific immunotherapy. Section 4 describes alternatives for managing common dermatologic conditions, including hypersensitivity disorders, autoimmune skin diseases, inflammatory diseases, parasitic diseases, fungal disorders, endocrine disorders, keratinization disorders, pyodermas and miscellaneous disorders. Pertinent references are listed at the end of the book, along with an excellent index.
Assessment: This is an excellent, succinct overview of pertinent information on medications most commonly prescribed for the management of skin and ear diseases. Reviewing this information will help veterinarians make the best possible decisions in prescribing and monitoring therapy for diseases affecting the skin and ears of dogs and cats. I highly recommend that small animal veterinarians review the information in this book prior to prescribing any medication that they do not use on a regular basis.