VR Record, 2009
Handbook of Veterinary Pain Managementby James S. Gaynor, William W. Muir III
You can trust this user-friendly guide to help you meet the increasing need for effective pain management in the animals you treat. It provides instant access to clinically relevant information on pain assessment, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options, guidelines for managing acute and chronic pain, and unique aspects of pain management in dogs, cats, horses, cattle, birds, reptiles, ferrets, and rabbits.
- User-friendly format helps you quickly and easily find essential pain management information.
- Helpful boxes and tables provide at-a-glance access to pharmacologic protocols and clinical applications, including dosages, indications, contraindications, and side effects.
- Complementary and alternative treatment strategies are included throughout to assist you in using the latest non-pharmacological pain interventions.
- Case studies clearly illustrate the practical applications of key concepts in the clinical setting and help you sharpen your pain assessment and management skills.
- New contributors - many of the most respected experts in the field - share their insights and experiences to bring you the most current thinking in this ever-changing discipline.
- Completely revised and updated content throughout ensures you are using the best and most current information available on analgesic drugs and pain management techniques.
- An expanded chapter on Pain Management in Horses and Cattle explores the latest advances in treating this group of animals.
- Eight new chapters offer cutting-edge coverage of hot topics in the field, including:
- Pain Management in the Cat
- Pain Management for the Pet Bird
- Clinical Approaches to Analgesia in Reptiles
- Clinical Approaches to Analgesia in Ferrets and Rabbits
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Dogs
- Rehabilitation Methods and Modalities for the Cat
- Quality of Life Issues
- Hospice and Palliative Care
Description: This small, handy book is a ready reference for companion animal pain management. It is a comprehensive compilation of current knowledge about pain management including drug families and specific drugs, dosages, and routes of administration. Previous editions were published in 2009 and 2002.
Purpose: The two principal authors state that "this edition of the handbook is designed to deliver accurate and clinically useful information [regarding] pain and pain therapy in animals." They go on to state that "the goal of this handbook is to supplement this [basic pathophysiological] knowledge by providing a species-oriented, rapid, clinically applicable resource for use by all who diagnose and treat animal pain." These are certainly worthy objectives and they are met effectively.
Audience: The intended audience is practitioners and students who need up-to-date information on pain management in a readily searchable format. The principal authors have assembled a remarkable mix of veterinary academics and practitioners to provide valid scientific knowledge for use in a practical manner.
Features: The 28 chapters are grouped into three main parts covering basic concepts, pain therapy, and application of concepts and therapy. An early chapter listing definitions of pain terminology will be particularly helpful to students who are sometimes overwhelmed by this topic, as will a later chapter on factors influencing drug selection, dosage, and route of administration. The chapter on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is particularly detailed and effective. It must be made clear, however, that the focus is on companion animals, and the use of analgesics in dogs, cats, birds, and smaller exotic pets, so there is no information on the management of pain in larger domestic species.
Assessment: This is a ready reference for veterinary students on clinical rotations as well as veterinarians already in practice. This edition includes a new chapter on the pathophysiology of pain, which provides a basic platform on which to develop a better understanding of the subsequent chapters on specific families of analgesic drugs. This edition also updates information on various drugs, dosages, and administration protocols, as well as other areas. This is a terrific reference on the topic, although limited to companion animals.
- Elsevier Health Sciences
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- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 7 MB
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