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From The CriticsReviewer: Paul A Eubig, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ABT(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book covers potentially toxic substances for companion animals, providing information necessary to manage emergency treatment and to prevent poisonings.
Purpose: This update is most welcome, given the new clinical toxicology information that has accrued since the previous edition in 2006.
Audience: It is written both for practitioners who want more than bullet points of information and for veterinary students who want to learn more about the toxicoses touched on in their curriculum.
Features: The book is divided into four sections, the first of which covers general management of poisoning cases and resources available to the practitioner, while the second includes information relevant for specific populations, such as pediatric and geriatric patients and exotic species. The third section has a wealth of information on miscellaneous indoor toxicants, herbal products, and house plants. The final section covers a wide range of potentially harmful substances in its 56 chapters. A real strength of this book is that the editors have enlisted specialists and toxicologists to write about topics in which they are authorities. Another strength is that the book makes an effort to provide information on the amount of a toxicant that can cause harm, which is not always included in clinical toxicology book. This is helpful for practitioners making decisions when faced with treating a toxicosis. Also of note is the comprehensive index. One shortcoming is the limited information on potentially harmful pharmaceuticals. Some, such as NSAIDs and barbiturates, are included, while others, such as baclofen, albuterol, and phenylpropanolamine, are not. To be fair, inclusion of extensive information on pharmaceuticals could easily increase the size of the book by 50% or more.
Assessment: Given the amount of information it contains, the helpful chapter organization, and the large number of toxicants it covers, this book is a very useful addition to the reference libraries of practitioners and students alike. For those who already own the second edition, the choice is harder. Most new chapters fall in the first two sections of the book, with the exception of the chapter on xylitol toxicosis. So for second edition owners, the new edition is helpful if they want to further their knowledge on approaching and managing poisoning cases. Regardless, this is the best general book currently available on small animal toxicology.