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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Matt Allender, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This fourth edition provides a much-needed update on the treatment of nontraditional species.
Purpose: The author has compiled the published drugs and doses used in exotic animals to provide a useful guide to veterinarians treating these species. This is a much-needed resource for these veterinarians.
Audience: This book is written for veterinarians, both general practitioners and experts in the field of companion and zoological medicine. The author is an expert in zoological medicine and has published numerous articles in the field.
Features: The book covers a wide range of drugs and doses for the majority of species seen in companion zoological medicine. It lists treatment for bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic diseases, as well as emergency, hormonal, and nutritional agents. This edition adds a section on therapy for invertebrate patients, a welcome addition. It also continues the useful list format, but has added color backgrounds to make it easier to read and follow on a page. The book is quite comprehensive, but new reports on drugs come out every month and, therefore, clinicians will need to supplement it with the newest literature to remain current.
Assessment: This a must-have book for any veterinarian who will treat nontraditional species. It is current and comprehensive for any of the reported doses or therapies in the literature. It clearly is needed to update the previous edition which was published seven years ago.