Description: This third edition of a concise and to-the-point desk reference on diseases of dogs and cats contains a prodigious amount of information. There are 400 contributing authors.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as an easily accessible source of information for busy veterinary practitioners. The knowledge shared in this book is of major value to veterinarians as it provides concise information on the numerous diseases and syndromes they may encounter, including extremely rare conditions.
Audience: Although written specifically for practicing veterinarians, the book also could serve as a valuable resource for veterinary students during their clinical rotations in small animal medicine and surgery.
Features: The book is divided into six sections (diseases and disorders, procedures and techniques, differential diagnosis, laboratory tests, clinical algorithms, and drug formulary), an index and client education sheets. Each section is divided into 1-2 page "chapters" that follow the same format, with basic information on the disease/syndrome including pathogenesis, epidemiology, and clinical presentation, along with further information on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. I found the pearls and considerations section of each disease/syndrome extremely valuable. We teach veterinary students some of these pearls, and they are sometimes hard to find in the literature. There are numerous tables that are easy to read and full of useful information. The clinical algorithms section is amazing, providing an easy-to-follow plan to work up a specific problem. There are few images, which are, unfortunately not of the best quality and do not add much to the book.
Assessment: I am impressed at how thorough this book is. I would recommend it to the students I teach who are about to enter the workforce. It is a must-have for small animal practitioners.