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Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, and Rodents, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1304-2
408 pages
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, and Rodents is the third edition of this esteemed veterinary medicine classic. The Third Edition offers readers expanded coverage of small exotic mammals such as gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs, alongside a thorough revision of the common procedures for dogs, cats, and rabbits. Organized in the same user-friendly format of earlier editions,  the Manual is an essential purchase for small and exotic animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi


Chapter 1 Restraint of Dogs and Cats 5

2 Blood Collection 19

3 Injection Techniques 35

4 Placement and Care of Intravenous Catheters 49

5 Oral Administration of Medications 79

6 Dermatologic Procedures 87

7 Impression Preparations 101

8 Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy 105

9 Ophthalmic Procedures 111

10 Ear Care 129

11 Pedicure 135

12 Urethral Catheterization 139

13 Digital Rectal Examination 157

14 Anal Sac Expression and Cannulation 161

15 Enema 167


Chapter 16 Skin Preparation 173

17 Intubation 177

18 Gastric Lavage 217

19 Dental Examination and Prophylaxis 221

20 Nasopharyngeal Procedures 229

21 Transtracheal Aspiration 237

22 Centesis 243

23 Peritoneal Catheterization and Lavage 251

24 Needle Biopsy of Masses and Viscera 259

25 Urohydropropulsion 285

26 Prostatic Massage/Washing 289

27 Semen Collection and Artifi cial Insemination 293

28 Vaginal Examination and Specimen Collection 299

29 Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy 305

30 Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection 317


Chapter 31 Rapid Evaluation of Bleeding and Clotting Disorders 327

32 Transfusion of Blood and Plasma 335

33 Placement of Intraosseous Catheters 339

34 Tracheostomy 343


Chapter 35 Restraint of Rabbits 351

36 Selected Clinical Procedures in Rabbits 359

37 Selected Clinical Procedures in Small Rodents 371

Index 385

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Author Information

Steven E. Crow, DVM, DACVIM, Cancer Treatment Center for VCA Highlands Animal Hospital

Sally O. Walshaw, MA, VMD, formerly of College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University and Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island.

Jennifer E. Boyle, RVT, VTS (ECC), Technician Development Coordinator in Northern California for VCA Animal Hospitals.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Exhaustive revision of classic veterinary clinical manual
  • Up-to-date clinical procedures
  • Expanded coverage of rodents, including gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs
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“This handy-sized paperback does exactly what is says on the cover.  It is a lavishly illustrated book that details a range of clinical procedures – from handling to medication, to simple procedures (such as venepuncture) to move complex (such as tracheostomy and bone marrow biopsy).. and yes, it covers the range of species listed in the title.”  (Veterinary Nursing Times, 1 September 2012)

"One of the great strengths of this book is the inclusion of many techniques often lost in the cross-over between books written for nurses and those meant for clinicians.... This book would be very useful for veterinary students and veterinary nursing students just embarking on their clinical training, but would also not be out of place on a practice shelf, as a quick reference guide to performing some of the less commonly used procedures for more experienced practitioners." (Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2010)

"This practical manual with up-to-date information on common veterinary procedures for small animals has been expanded to include basic restraint, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures in rodents and rabbits. … Very useful in helping users know both how and when to use each procedure." (Doody's, January 2010)


"The third edition of this veterinary manual on common medical procedures for small mammals has been revised to include new clinical procedures as well as expanded coverage on rodents such as gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs." (Book News, September 2009)

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