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Editorial Reviews

Sheila M. McCullough
The second edition of Donald Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook has proven to be an excellent source for current veterinary pharmacology. This book is well organized and will be an invaluable reference to practitioner and veterinary student alike. Recent changes from the first edition (1990) include additional 100-plus monographs, a new section on ophthalmic agents and a complete listing of drug monographs alphabetically by generic name. These recent changes allow for rapid access to information. The second edition has successfully achieved its goal to serve as a premier source of information for drugs approved in veterinary species and nonapproved drugs used routinely in daily practice. I believe this book will be a critical source of up-to-date information for the busy practitioner. However, this book also serves as an essential pharmacological guide for veterinary students, residents, and clinicians in academia. For example, this handbook can address complex drug interactions, provide immediate drug dosages, and direct the reader to useful references. Dr. Plumb's extensive background in pharmacology at the University of Minnesota combines the essential clinical and research experience needed to produce such an important reference. I am very impressed with this edition as a research and practical text. The important changes from the previous edition allow the veterinarian rapid access to the most current pharmacological information via the well-organized directory and glossary. In addition, the recent section on ophthalmic agents is a great asset. I strongly urge any student, resident, or practitioner to have this reference book in their professional library.
From The Critics
This handbook contains about 400 alphabetized drug monographs. Each entry discusses prescription concerns, the drug chemistry, storage and stability, pharmacology, uses and indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, acute toxicity, drug interactions, laboratory considerations, monitoring parameters, client information, FDA concerns, and human-approved products. Appendices list drugs by type and function, discuss protocols, list conversions, and feature other practical information. Plumb is the pharmacy director at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Rhonda Lynn Schulman, DVM, DACVIM (University of Illinois)
Description: This book provides information on the vast majority of drugs that veterinarians use. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve as "single-volume veterinary drug reference." Books of this nature are essential to the practice of veterinary medicine. With the additional monographs found in this edition, this book describes virtually every drug used by veterinarians.
Audience: It is aimed at all practicing veterinarians and continues to be the ultimate authority for drug references.
Features: The handbook provides desciptions of individual drugs — their uses, potential side-effects, and dosing. A new section unique to this edition is prescriber highlights. This section succinctly discusses the major use for the medication and serious side-effects. There are now two components to the index, an alphabetical drug listing and an arrangement by drug class, which will be very helpful to the practitioner. The only shortcoming to this book is that which is inherent to print publishing — it will be impossible for it to remain up-to-date, even within the span of months. An example of this is that the enrofloxacin monograph does not list blindness as a potential side-effect in cats.
Assessment: This fourth edition is a necessary update to an esential book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813823522
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Approx 500 drug monographs that include chemistry, storage/stability/compatibility, pharmacology, uses/indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications/precautions/reproductive safety, adverse effects/warnings, overdosage/acute toxicity, drug interactions, doses-by species, monitoring parameters, client information, dosage forms/preparations/FDA approval status/withholding times. Appendices on Opthalmic products, small animal therapeutic diets, chemotherapy protocols for treatment of neoplastic diseases in small animals, conversion tables, tables of parenteral fluids, abbreviations, reference laboratory values etc.
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