Handbook of Small Animal Toxicology and Poisonings / Edition 2

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This time-saving, pocket-size guide offers a thorough understanding of toxicology that is essential to diagnosing and treating the complex problems resulting from toxin ingestion, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in animals. The 2nd edition covers patient assessment and treatment techniques, as well as information on over 100 categories of toxic agents. Discussions of each agent include its uses, mechanism, pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis, common products containing the agent, and acute and long-term treatment. A new avian section makes this edition even more comprehensive and clinically useful.

• Over 1,000 toxic agents are discussed, offering a thorough presentation of toxicology relevant to veterinary practice.
• An easy-to-use alphabetical organization with section tabs for quick reference makes information easy to locate in any setting.
• Detailed diagnostic and treatment information is presented in an appealing, visually accessible approach.

• A greater emphasis on the ingestion of human medications addresses this common concern in detail.
• Additional plant and chemical toxins are discussed to highlight potential poisonings seen in veterinary practice.
• A new avian section focuses on specific considerations for treating birds.
• Redesigned icons draw attention to important points and sections to improve the text's readability.
• A four-page, full-color insert features approximately 24 color photographs of poisonous plants for quick identification.
• All content has been reviewed by board-certified toxicologists to ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate.
• A second color throughout makes the icons more readable, the design more inviting, and critical information more accessible.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323012461
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/13/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: Rapid Patient Evaluation and Symptomatic Treatment of the Poisoned Pet
• Airway
• Breathing
• Cardiovascular system and circulatory system
• Consciousness
• Diagnosis
• Decontamination
• Enhanced removal and elimination

SECTION TWO: Toxic Drugs and Chemicals


SECTION FOUR: Avian Toxicology

Appendix A Formulary
Appendix B Daily fluid requirements
Appendix C Recipes for dialysate and continuous drug infusions
Appendix D Poison treatment flow chart

Color Plates Common Toxicants

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