The Feline Patient: Essentials of Diagnosis and Treatment / Edition 2

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Following a highly successful First Edition, this Second Edition continues as a strong resource on essential diagnostic and treatment information. Featuring a detailed yet succinct format, this book is an ideal reference for practitioners and veterinary students in clinical rotation. Tables to summarize facts support the text along with illustrations, pharmacological information and a cross-indexed roster of clinical signs for differential diagnosis. Coverage includes a wide range of feline conditions, and lists problems and diseases in alphabetical order, plus offers on-the-spot consultation.


  • Extensive drug formulary provides instant access to crucial pharmacologic data
  • New chapters on clinical and surgical procedures specific to the feline patient
  • New contributors for fresh perspective

From start to finish, this unique, easy-to-use text helps practitioners and students in clinical rotation alike master the knowledge they need to treat and diagnose their feline patients.

"...provides essential diagnostic and treatment information focusing on the most common medical and surgical conditions in feline practice...designed to make diagnostic,therapeutic and pharmacologic information instantly available."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a quick reference covering disease conditions and clinical procedures in the domestic cat. It provides concise and easily-accessed information to aid the veterinarian in clinical management of the feline patient.
Purpose: This book is designed as a clinical guide and quick reference to feline medical and surgical problems, applications of diagnostic procedures and appropriate therapeutics. Concise and cross-indexed, the book is a practical resource in day-to-day clinical practice.
Audience: The book is directed to veterinarians in clinical practice or otherwise involved with providing medical care to domestic cats. The book is also well-suited to advanced veterinary students undertaking clinical training in feline medicine and surgery and to those preparing for veterinary licensing examination. The book presumes prior training in basic veterinary anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine.
Features: The book is organized into five parts; in part one, feline medical problems are addressed from a problem-oriented or clinical presentation perspective. Part two presents chapters on specific feline diseases, with part three addressing clinical procedures and part four detailing surgical procedures specific to the feline patient. Appendices are presented in part five. Within each part, specific topics are covered in individual chapters, providing focused and easily-accessed information. Chapters are concise, beginning with a brief overview and proceeding through diagnosis, treatment and prognosis sections followed by a list of suggested readings pertaining to the chapter topic. Diagnosis and treatment sections are presented in an outline format to facilitate quick access and readability. The book is illustrated with black-and-white plates which are limited in number but provided where most pertinent and useful. A feline drug formulary is included among the appendices.
Assessment: This book is unique in providing a compilation of medical and surgical information pertinent to the feline patient in a quick-reference form; as such, it offers considerable advantage over the general small animal quick references, which offer little or no detail regarding species-specific problems or procedures. Characterized by brevity and breadth of coverage, this book is a valuable resource for veterinarians in small animal practice.
From The Critics
Written for practitioners and students in clinical rotation, this book provides essential diagnostic and treatment information for treating the feline patient in a quick-reference format. The book covers an array of feline conditions, problems, and diseases in alphabetical order, and includes tables, pharmacologic information, and a cross-indexed roster of clinical signs for differential diagnosis. This second edition features new chapters on clinical and surgical procedures specific to the feline patient. Norsworthy is affiliated with the Alamo Feline Health Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781735100
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, Sharon Fooshee, DVM, Larry P. Tilley, DVM and Mitchell Crystal, DVM.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Clinical Presentations.

1.Alopecia of the Trunk (Gary D. Norsworthy).

2. Anemia (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

3. Anorexia (Mitchell A. Crystal).

4. Arrhythmias (Larry P. Tilley).

5. Ascites (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

6. Cardiopulmonary Arrest (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

7. Cervical Ventroflexion (Mitchell A. Crystal).

8. Constipation and Obstipation (Sharon Fooshee Grace and Mitchell A. Crystal).

9. Coughing (Gary D. Norsworthy).

10. Diarrhea (Mitchell A. Crystal).

11. Draining Tracts and Nodules (Gary D. Norsworthy).

12. Dyspnea (Gary D. Norsworthy).

13. Dystocia (Gary D. Norsworthy).

14. Dysuria and Pollakiuria (Gary D. Norsworthy).

15. Fever (Mitchell A. Crystal).

16. Icterus (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

17. Kidneys—Abnormal Size (Gary D. Norsworthy).

18. Murmurs (Larry P. Tilley).

19. Nasal Discharge (Gary D. Norsworthy).

20. Obesity (Mitchell A. Crystal).

21. Pleural Effusion (Gary D. Norsworthy).

22. Polyphagic Weight Loss (Mitchell A. Crystal).

23. Polyuria and Polydipsia (Mitchell A. Crystal).

24. Seizures (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

25. Vomiting (Mitchell A. Crystal).

26. Weight Loss (Mitchell A. Crystal).

Part 2: Diseases.

27. Acetaminophen Toxicosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

28. Acne (Gary D. Norsworthy).

29. Acromegaly (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

30. Amyloidosis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

31. Anal Sac Impaction and Infection (Gary D. Norsworthy).

32. Aortic Stenosis (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

33. Aspirin Toxicosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

34. Asthma (Gary D. Norsworthy).

35. Atopy (Gary D. Norsworthy).

36. Bartonellosis (Cat Scratch Disease) (Mitchell A. Crystal).

37. Basal Cell Tumor (Mitchell A. Crystal).

38. Blastomycosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

39. Chronic Renal Disease (Gary D. Norsworthy).

40. Chylothorax (Gary D. Norsworthy).

41. Cobalamin Deficiency (Jorg M. Steiner).

42. Coccidioidomycosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

43. Coccidiosis (Mitchell A.Crystal).

44. Corneal Ulceration and Keratitis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

45. Cryptococcosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

46. Cytauxzoonosis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

47. Dermatophytosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

48. Diabetes Mellitus—Ketoacidosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

49. Diabetes Mellitus—Uncomplicated (Gary D. Norsworthy).

50. Diaphragmatic Hernia (Gary D. Norsworthy).

51. Digital Diseases (Mitchell A. Crystal).

52. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

53. Ear Mites (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

54. Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

55. Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

56. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (Jorg M. Steiner).

57. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

58. Feline Infectious Peritonitis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

59. Feline Leukemia Virus Diseases (Gary D. Norsworthy).

60. Fight Wound Infections (Gary D. Norsworthy).

61. Flea-Allergic Dermatitis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

62. Fleas (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

63. Food Allergy (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

64. Giardiasis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

65. Gingivitis-Stomatitis-Pharyngitis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

66. Glomerulonephritis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

67. Heartworm Disease (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

68. Helicobacter Infection (Mitchell A. Crystal).

69. Hemobartonellosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

70. Hepatic-Lipidosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

71. High-Rise Syndrome (Mitchell A. Crystal).

72. Histoplasmosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

73. Hookworms (Mitchell A. Crystal).

74. Horner’s Syndrome (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

75. Hydronephrosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

76. Hyperosinophilic Syndrome (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

77. Hypertension—Systemic (Larry P. Tilley).

78. Hyperthyroidism (Mitchell A. Crystal and Gary D. Norsworthy).

79. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Larry P.Tilley).

80. Hypokalemia (Mitchell A. Crystal).

81. Immune-Mediated Skin Diseases (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

82. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Mitchell A. Crystal).

83. Inflammatory Liver Disease (Hepatitis) (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

84. Ischemic Encephalopathy (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

85. Linear Foreign Body (Gary D. Norsworthy).

86. Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Flukes (Gary D. Norsworthy).

87. Lower Urinary Tract Disease—Idiopathic (Gary D. Norsworthy).

88. Lungworms (Gary D. Norsworthy).

89. Lymphoma (Mitchell A. Crystal).

90. Mammary Gland Neoplasia (Mitchell A. Crystal).

91. Mammary Hyperplasia (Gary D. Norsworthy).

92. Mast Cell Tumors (Mitchell A. Crystal).

93. Megacolon (Mitchell A. Crystal).

94. Meningioma (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

95. Methemoglobinemia and Heinz Body Hemolytic Anemia (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

96. Mitral Valve Dysplasia (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

97. Nasal and Frontal Sinus Infections (Gary D. Norsworthy).

98. Nasopharyngeal Polyps (Gary D. Northsworthy).

99. Nocardiosis (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

100. Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (Gary D. Norsworthy).

101. Oral Neoplasia (Mitchell A. Crystal).

102. Organophosphate and Carbamate Toxicosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

103. Otitis Externa (Gary D. Norsworthy).

104. Otitis Media and Interna (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

105. Pancreatitis—Acute (Jorg M. Steiner).

106. Pancreatitis—Chronic (Jorg M. Steiner).

107. Panleukopenia (Feline Infectious Enteritis) (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

108. Panniculitis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

109. Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Larry P.Tilley).

110. Pectus Excavatum (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

111. Peumothorax (Gary D. Norsworthy).

112. Polycystic Kidney Disease (Gary D. Norsworthy).

113. Portosystemic Shunt (Mitchell A. Crystal).

114. Pulmonic Stenosis (Larry P. Tilley).

115. Pyelonephritis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

116. Pyometra (Gary D. Norsworthy).

117. Pyothorax (Gary D. Norsworthy).

118. Pyrethin and Pyrethroid Toxicosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

119. Rabies (Mitchell A. Crystal).

120. Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (Larry P.Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

121. Rodenticide Toxicosis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

122. Roundworms (Mitchell A. Crystal).

123. Salmonellosis (Mitchell A. Crystal).

124. Skin Fragility Syndrome (Gary D. Norsworthy).

125. Skin Parasites (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

126. Squamous Cell Carcinoma—Cutaneous (Mitchell A. Crystal).

127. Stomach Worms (Mitchell A. Crystal).

128. Stud Tail (Gary D. Norsworthy).

129. Tapeworm Infections (Mitchell A. Crystal).

130. Tetralogy of Fallot (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

131. Thiamine Deficiency (Gary D. Norsworthy).

132. Thromboembolic Disease (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

133. Toxoplasmosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

134. Triad Disease (Triaditis) (Margie Scherk).

135. Trichobezoars (Mitchell A. Crystal).

136. Upper Respiratory Infections (Gary D. Norsworthy).

137. Urolithiasis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

138. Vaccinosarcoma (Vaccination Site Sarcoma) (Sharon Fooshee Grace).

139. Ventricular Septal Defect (Larry P. Tilley and John-Karl Goodwin).

140. Vestibular Syndrome (Mitchell A. Crystal).

141. Vitamin A Toxicosis (Mitchell A. Crstal).

142. Vitamin D Toxicosis (Gary D. Norsworthy).

Part 3: Clinical Procedures.

143. Bone Marrow Aspiration (Mitchell A. Crystal).

144. Central Venous Catheter Placement—Jugular Vein (Mitchell A. Crystal).

145. Cerebrospinal Spinal Fluid Collection via Atlanto-occipital Space (Mitchell A. Crystal).

146. Fine-Needle Biopsy—Nonaspiration Technique (Mitchell A. Crystal).

147. Jugular Blood Collection—An Alternative Method (Gary D. Norsworthy).

148. Orogastric Tube Feeding (Gary D. Norsworthy).

Part 4: Surgical Procedures.

149. Bulla Osteotomy: Ventral Approach (Don R. Waldron).

150. Deep Digital Flexor Tenectomy (Don R. Waldron).

151. Esophagostomy Tube Placement (Don R. Waldron).

152. Gastrostomy Tube Placement (Don R. Waldron).

153. Mastectomy (Don R. Waldron).

154. Onychectomy (Don R. Waldron).

155. Perineal Urethrostomy (Don R. Waldron).

156. Prepubic Urethrostomy (Don R. Waldron).

157. Subcutaneous Fluid Catheter Placement (Gary D. Norsworthy).

158. Subtotal Colectomy (Don R. Waldron).

159. Thoracostomy Tube Placement (Don R. Waldron).

160. Thyroidectomy (Gary D. Norsworthy).

Part 5: Appendices.

Appendix A: Feline Body Surface Area Conversion (Gary D. Norsworthy).

Appendix B: Chemotherapy for Lymphoma (Mitchell A. Crystal).

Appendix C: Echocardiographic Values in Normal Cats and Cats With Acquired Heart Disease (Larry P. Tilley).

Appendix D: Cardiac Chamber Enlargement—Electrocardiographic Features (Larry P. Tilley).

Appendix E: Veterinary Therapeutic Diets (Mitchell A. Crystal).

Appendix F: Testing Procedures (Mitchell A. Crystal and Gary D. Norsworthy).

Appendix G: Drug Formulary.


Normal Laboratory Values

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