Description: This book on rabbit medicine is designed to be a quick reference and the information is presented in outline format with bullet points. Information is organized into sections covering differential diagnoses, common laboratory abnormalities, organ systems, infectious diseases and therapeutics. Section headings are printed along the sides of the pages for easy access and, within each section, topics (chapters) are listed in alphabetical order. Differentials, causes, diagnostic approaches, brief discussions of pathophysiology and management/treatment strategies are among the topics discussed in each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an accurate reference for veterinarians with a focus on health issues facing rabbits in the home as opposed to those in the laboratory. The authors stress the importance of recognizing the physiologic and behavioral differences between rabbits and domestic carnivores. This book is geared towards private practitioners who would like to include rabbits in their practice and who would like a quick, easy reference that can be used on the floor to help guide in diagnosis and treatment. In that respect, the authors' objectives are worthy and are met.
Audience: This book is written for private practitioners, particularly, those who are unfamiliar with rabbit medicine but would like to make it part of their practice. This also would be a good book for a veterinary student.
Features: The book covers a wide variety of rabbit diseases as well as nutritional and husbandry issues. Common laboratory abnormalities and differentials are covered in separate sections and there is a small formulary. The most useful aspect of this book is the way information is organized for easy access. It is an excellent book to guide the veterinarian to the next step in diagnosis or treatment. The format is strongly reminiscent of the Five Minute Clinical Consult. Perhaps because this book is designed for easy reference, it is a small and there are no pictures and very few tables. Everything must be conveyed through text and additional literature would be recommended for in-depth information. Since this book covers internal medicine, surgery is mentioned, but procedures are not described.
Assessment: This book would be extremely useful in the field, particularly for someone who is not that familiar with rabbit medicine. The authors are knowledgeable and have a strong desire to teach veterinarians about rabbit medicine. They discuss liberal use of pain management and the necessity of behavioral understanding, two topics I feel are not emphasized in most rabbit textbooks. I recommend this as a useful addition to the practitioner's library.