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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Petra A. Volmer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This softcover book is organized to serve as a quick reference on toxicological problem recognition in small animals and treatment information. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: It is written to incorporate information on newly recognized toxic agents, and to be easier to use and more understandable than the first edition. These are worthy objectives that, overall, the authors meet.
Audience: The authors have written the book to be useful for the veterinary practitioner. However, it can also serve as a quick reference for the veterinary student as well as internal medicine and emergency medicine interns and residents. The authors have extensive practice experience, and one author is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. The lack of specific training in toxicology is addressed by extensive consultation with the staff of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Features: The two authors have divided the book into four sections. The book begins by reviewing initial patient assessment and management, including decontamination measures. Following this is an extensive list of toxic agents. For each agent, sources, mechanisms of action, clinical findings, and treatment are provided. Suggested readings are provided for many of the toxic agents. This is followed by a section on poisonous plants that includes a limited number of color photographs that may help to identify some plants. The final section is devoted to the most common toxic exposures of pet birds. The appendixes include a formulary for agents used in the management of toxicoses, tables to rapidly determine daily fluid needs of dogs and cats, and recipes for dialysate and continuous rate infusions of dobutamine, dopamine, lidocaine, procainamide, and sodium nitroprusside. The book, as a quick reference, is successful in providing information on a broad range of toxic agents. Readers seeking more in-depth information on a particular toxicant may be disappointed. Further information can be found for those agents that have references provided.
Assessment: This book serves as a quick reference for the busy clinician to facilitate initial patient management. It is quite broad in its scope of toxic agents (including topics such as glow jewelry and hops). This book has more extended coverage than the first edition, and is a welcome replacement for its predecessor.