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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This textbook of reproductive physiology and medicine of dogs and cats details normal reproductive physiology and behavior as well as reproductive disorders in the male and female of both species.
Purpose: This comprehensive reference for feline and canine reproduction also serves as an atlas of normal and abnormal reproductive structures, cytology, and diagnostic techniques through the use of numerous diagrams and black-and-white and color plates.
Audience: The book is directed to small animal veterinarians and advanced veterinary students engaged in the study and management of reproductive function and dysfunction in small animal patients. It is particularly useful for veterinarians involved in the management of breeding programs or care of individual animals used for breeding purposes.
Features: Each of the book's four sections (one for the male and female of both species) begins with chapters describing normal structure, function, and management followed by chapters detailing specific reproductive abnormalities. A chapter reviewing physiology and medical considerations of neonatal pups is presented in the section covering the female dog; brief coverage of neonatal kitten care appears within the chapter on the postpartum period in the cat. Techniques for evaluating reproductive function in dogs and cats are particularly well described, and exceptional illustrations and charts that clearly demonstrate the concepts are abundant throughout all chapters. The book concludes with an appended "Guide to Congenital Defects of Dogs" and a comprehensive index of text, tables and figures. The great merit of this book is that it provides in a single source a thorough and in-depth presentation of canine and feline theriogenology and a comprehensive compilation of pertinent information not readily available elsewhere. Although color plates would be visually more pleasing, the black-and-white plates fully demonstrate the concepts and help to limit cost of the book, which is most reasonably priced.
Assessment: This welcome resource fills a long-standing void in the veterinary literature by providing a small animal theriogenology book that is in-depth and comprehensive as well as practical. It far surpasses other references on the subject of small animal reproduction, which are either oriented principally toward endocrinology, addressing canine and feline reproduction as an extension of that discipline, or are principally clinical, focusing on practical application and largely ignoring consideration of its scientific basis. This book is far ahead of the field in its depth, thoroughness, and clinical usefulness.