Description: This book covers common as well as less common feline diseases, common behavioral conditions and their management, dentistry procedures and imaging, surgical procedures, cytology evaluation, radiographic and ultrasonography imaging, and clinical procedures and includes appendixes and a formulary. Helpful illustrations and high quality images are integrated in many of the chapters. This is a valuable expansion of the 2006 edition.
Purpose: As feline companionship continues to grow, the need for a high level primary care book is also growing. The purpose of this book is to deliver relevant, up-to-date clinical information in a user-friendly format to practitioners in a busy veterinary clinic setting. Divided into relevant sections, each containing chapters listed in an alphabetical order and with a thorough drug formulary at the end, this book is a valuable and handy tool for general veterinary feline practice.
Audience: This is as an excellent resource for fourth-year veterinary students and veterinary practitioners whose practice includes feline patients. Chapters are written by specialists in the fields of internal medicine, oncology, surgery, clinical pathology, and ophthalmology as well as by experienced veterinary practitioners and technicians.
Features: The first section covers common as well as less frequently encountered feline diseases. It provides pertinent, up-to-date, and referenced clinical information as well as the recommended management strategies for these disorders. The chapters are frequently accompanied by excellent, high-quality, color images that readily illustrate the clinical presentation. Two sections deal with major aspects of behavior and dentistry conditions. The chapters in these sections are written in a practical approach often accompanied by useful images or illustrations. Another two sections describe a large collection of surgical and clinical procedures that I found very useful. The chapters in these sections list the clinical indication for the procedure, thoroughly explain how procedures are conducted, and highlight possible complications. Each chapter ends with a short list of pertinent references for further information. The sections of cytology and imaging contain many excellent high quality color (cytology) or black-and-white (imaging) pictures that readily define the condition. These sections are a valuable reference which can be used to compare imaging and cytology results at the clinic. The drug formulary at the end of the book lists a large collection of drugs alphabetically and is written in a very practical manner, starting with the drug generic name (and brand name), brief description of its mode of action, the dose and route of administration, and how it is supplied. Using this formulary can save a lot of time when writing prescriptions. Although they are discussed separately in several chapters, one of the rare shortcomings of the book is the lack of a summary of the current recommended guidelines for feline vaccinations.
Assessment: This is an excellent clinical resource for veterinary clinicians who manage diverse aspects of feline practice. It is written clearly and concisely and covers all pertinent points that one will need to take into consideration in the management of feline cases. It is easy to use, especially in the setting of a busy practice all of which clearly meet the goals of the authors. As feline medicine is a dynamic field, the fourth edition is up to date with the current literature.