Reviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a formulary of therapeutic agents used in treating veterinary species. It updates the 2011 edition with new drug monographs and revisions of existing ones, as well as fewer entries of dose recommendations for a given agent and additional appendixes. The book is available in a pocket size (5x8 inch) and a desk size (8.5x11 inch).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide, in a single volume, a concise yet thorough compilation of information pertinent to the prescribing of veterinary drugs, a resource of great importance to practicing veterinarians and other animal health professionals.
Audience: The formulary is intended for use by veterinarians and other animal health professionals engaged in prescribing, administering, and monitoring treatment response in companion, laboratory, and production animals.
Features: The majority of the book is composed of drug monographs presented in alphabetical order by generic drug name. Each monograph begins with a color highlighted box listing the drug name, its pronunciation, trade names, general drug category, and some major characteristics in a bulleted list. This highlighted box is a valuable continuing feature that makes the book easy to use. Monographs continue with details of uses/indications, pharmacology/actions. pharmacokinetics, precautions, adverse effects/toxicity, drug interactions, dosing recommendations (by species), monitoring, client information, chemical structure and synonyms, storage/stability, compatibility with other substances/solutions, available veterinary and human products, and references, all presented in paragraph form under clearly-marked headings. Dosage recommendations have been clarified, improving on the multiple listed dosage regimens presented in previous editions. Separate sections list ophthalmic, dermatological, and otic products. The appendix is a rich resource of valuable additional information including new entries on multidrug sensitivity in dogs, treatment of overdosage/toxicities, and over-the-counter toxins in small animals as well as conversion tables, parenteral fluids characteristics, abbreviations used in prescription writing, laboratory reference ranges, and pertinent phone numbers and websites for important veterinary resources. Previous editions of the desk-sized version have been in softcover. The switch to hardcover with this edition has the advantage of durability for this frequently-accessed reference, while still allowing the book to open flat on a surface.
Assessment: This handbook remains an important part of an animal health library. Regular updates are vital to address the addition of new agents and evolving doses and applications of existing drugs used therapeutically in animals.