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The Feline Patient, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1848-1
1072 pages
October 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Feline Patient, Fourth Edition maintains its tradition of providing a comprehensive yet accessible reference to feline diseases. Topics are arranged alphabetically within sections, allowing busy clinicians to rapidly find information on diagnostics and treatment options, all specific to the unique needs of cats. Now bigger and better than ever, the user-friendly Fourth Edition offers a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information for managing feline patients.

This revision includes more than 500 additional clinical photographs and 84 new chapters, with significant expansions to the behavior, clinical procedures, and surgery sections. CT and MRI modalities have been added to the imaging section, already the most extensive collection of feline radiographs and ultrasounds in print. The Feline Patient, Fourth Edition  is an essential resource for all practitioners seeing feline patients.

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Table of Contents

The Diseases.

1. Acetaminophen Toxicosis.

2. Acromegaly.

3. Amyloidosis.

4. Anaplasmosis.

5. Anemia.

6. Anorexia.

7. Aortic Stenosis.

8. Arrhythmias.

9. Ascites.

10. Aspirin Toxicosis.

11. Asthma.

12. Bartonellosis.

13. Biliary Cysts.

14. Blastomycosis.

15. Cardiomyopathy, Dilated.

16. Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic.

17. Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive.

18. Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right-Sided.

19. Cardiopulmonary Arrest.

20. Cervical Ventroflexion.

21. Chylothorax.

22. Cobalamin Deficiency.

23. Coccidiomycosis.

24. Coccidiosis.

25. Congestive Heart Failure.

26. Constipation/Obstipation.

27. Coughing.

28. Cryptococcosis.

29. Cryptosporidium Diarrhea.

30. Cytauxzoonosis.

31. Diabetes Insipidus.

32. Diabetes Mellitus: Chronic Complications.

33. Diabetes Mellitus: Ketoacidosis.

34. Diabetes Mellitus: Uncomplicated.

35. Diaphragmatic Hernia.

36. Diarrhea.

37. Digital Diseases.

38. Dysautonomia.

39. Dyspnea.

40. Dystocia.

41. Dysuria/Pollakiuria.

42. Ehrlichiosis.

43. Ethylene Glycol Toxicity.

44. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.

45. Feline Idiopathic Cystitis.

46. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection.

47. Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

48. Feline Leukemia Virus Diseases.

49. Fever.

50. Fight Wound Infections/Abscessation.

51. Fleas.

52. Flukes: Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic.

53. Giardiasis.

54. Gingivitis/Stomatitis/Pharyngitis.

55. Glomerulonephritis.

56. Heartworm Disease and H.A.R.D.

57. Helicobacter Infection.

58. Hemobartonellosis (Hemoplasmosis).

59. Hepatic Lipidosis.

60. Hepatitis, Inflammatory.

61. High-Rise Syndrome.

62. Histoplasmosis.

63. Hookworms.

64. Horner’s Syndrome.

65. Hydronephrosis.

66. Hyperadrenocorticism.

67. Hypercalcemia.

68. Hypereosinophilic Syndrome.

69. Hyperkalemia.

70. Hypertension, Systemic.

71. Hyperthyroidism.

72. Hypoadrenocorticism.

73. Hypoalbuminemia.

74. Hypocalcemia.

75. Hypokalemia.

76. Hypomagnesemia.

77. Hypophosphatemia.

78. Icterus.

79. Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.

80. Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

81. Inflammatory Polyps.

82. Ischemic Encephalopathy.

83. Illegal Drugs Toxicosis.

84. Kidneys: Abnormal Size.

85. Linear Foreign Body.

86. Lung Parasites.

87. Mammary Gland Hyperplasia.

88. Manx Syndrome.

89. Megacolon.

90. Methemoglobinemia/HB Hemolytic Anemia.

91. Mitral Valve Dysplasia.

92. Murmurs.

93. Myiasis Sims.

94. Nasal Bots.

95. Nasal and Frontal Sinus Infections.

96. Nasal Discharge.

97. Neonatal Isoerythrolysis.

98. Nocardiosis.

99. Obesity.

100. Organophosphate and Carbamate Toxicosis.

101. Otitis Media and Interna.

102. Pancreatitis, Acute.

103. Pancreatitis, Chronic.

104. Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus Infection).

105. Panniculitis.

106. Patent Ductus Arteriosis.

107. Pectus Excavatum.

108. Perinephric Pseudocysts.

109. Plant Toxicities.

110. Pleural Effusion.

111. Pneumothorax.

112. Polycystic Kidney Disease.

113. Polydactylism.

114. Polyphagic Weight Loss.

115. Polyuria/Polydipsia.

116. Portosystemic Shunt.

117. Pregnancy.

118. Pulmonary Fibrosis, Idiopathic.

119. Pulmonic Stenosis.

120. Pyelonephritis.

121. Pyometra and Mucometra.

122. Pyothorax.

123. Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid Toxicosis.

124. Rabies.

125. Refeeding Syndrome.

126. Renal Failure, Acute.

127. Renal Failure, Chronic.

128. Renal Insufficiency.

129. Respiratory Infection: Bordetella.

130. Respiratory Infection: Calicivirus.

131. Respiratory Infection: Herpesvirus.

132. Respiratory Infection: Minor Pathogens.

133. Rodenticide Toxicosis.

134. Roundworms.

135. Salmonellosis.

136. Scottish Fold Osteochondrodysplasia.

137. Seizures.

138. Sporotrichosis.

139. Stomach Worms.

140. Tail Pull Injury.

141. Tapeworm Infections.

142. Tetralogy of Fallot.

143. Thiamine Deficiency.

144. Thromboembolic Disease.

145. Tetanus.

146. Toxoplasmosis.

147. Triad Disease.

148. Trichobezoars.

149. Tritrichomonas Diarrhea.

150. Urolithiasis.

151. Ventricular Septal Defects.

152. Vestibular Syndrome.

153. Vitamin A Toxicosis.

154. Vitamin D Toxicosis.

155. Vomiting.

156. Weight Loss.

157. Yersinia pestis Infection (Plague).


158. Adenocarcinoma and Carcinoma.

159. Basal Cell Tumor.

160. Carcinomatosis.

161. Chemotherapy for Lymphoma.

162. Ceruminous Gland Adenoma/Hyperplasia.

163. Hemangiosarcoma.

164. Lymphoma.

165. Mammary Gland Neoplasia.

166. Mast Cell Tumors.

167. Meningioma.

168. Oral Neoplasia.

169. Paraneoplastic Syndrome Sims.

170. Sarcomas, Injection Site.

171. Sarcomas, Other.

172. Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Cutaneous.

173. Thymoma.

174. Transitional Cell Carcinoma.


175. Acne.

176. Anal Sac Impaction and Infection Norsworthy.

177. Atopic Dermatitis.

178. Cutaneous Markers of Internal Disease.

179. Cuterebra.

180. Dermatophytosis.

181. Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex.

182. Flea Hypersensitivity Dermatitis.

183. Food Reaction.

184. Idiopathic Ulcerative Dermatitis.

185. Malassezia Dermatitis.

186. Miliary Dermatitis.

187. Otitis Externa.

188. Pemphigus Foliaceus.

189. Psychogenic Alopecia.

190. Skin Parasites.

191. Stud Tail.

192. Tumors, Nodules, Draining Tracts.

193. Viral Dermatitis.


194. The Eye Exam.

195. Blindness.

196. Cataracts.

197. Conjunctival Flaps.

198. Corneal Ulcers.

199. Eosinophilic Keratitis.

200. Eyelid Diseases.

201. Eyelid Surgery.

202. Florida Keratopathy.

203. Glaucoma.

204. Intraocular Tumors.

205. Keratitis and Conjunctivitis.

206. Prolapsed 3EL (including surgery).

207. Retinal Disease.

208. Third Eyelid Disease.

209. Uveitis.


210. Aggression towards Humans.

211. Cat Nip Effects.

212. Environmental Enrichment.

213. Feline House Soiling.

214. Feline Marking.

215. Intercat Aggression.

216. Normal Feeding and Drinking Behavior and Preferences.

217. Psychological Care of the Hospitalized Cat.


218. Sample Staining.

219. Inflammation vs. Neoplasia: Differentiation.

220. Adenocarcinoma.

221. Atypical Bacterial Infections.

222. Fibrosarcoma.

223. Hepatic Lipidosis.

224. Lymphoma.

225. Lymph Node Disease.

226. Mast Cell Tumors.

227. Systemic Fungal Disease.


228. Imaging Techniques.

229. Special Procedures.

230. Radiographic Notables of the Thorax.

231. Radiographic Notables of the Abdomen.

232. Radiographic Notables of the Head and Neck.

233. Radiographic Notables of the Legs/Tail.

234. Ultrasonographic Notables of the Thorax.

235. Ultrasonographic Notables of the Abdomen.

236. CT & MRI Notables of the Head.

237. CT & MRI Notables of the Thorax.

238. CT & MRI Notables of the Abdomen.

239. CT Notables of the Limbs.

240. MRI Notables of the Head.

241. MRI Notables of the Thorax.

242. MRI Notables of the Abdomen.

243. MRI Notables of the Limbs.

Clinical Procedures.

244. Blood Transfusion.

245. Bone Marrow Aspiration.

246. Central Venous Catheter Placement.

247. CSF Collection.

248. Fine Needle Biopsy.

249. Fluid Therapy.

250. Jugular Blood Collection.

251. Lung Aspirate.

252. Neurologic Exam.

253. Orogastric Tube Feeding.

254. Restraint Techniques.

255. Testing Procedures.

256. Therapeutic Laser Use.

257. Transpalatine Aspiration.


258. The Dental Exam.

259. The Dental Prophylaxis.

260. Congenital Dental Abnormalities.

261. Endodontics and Restorations.

262. Extractions.

263. Feline Dental Resorption.

264. Oral Surgery.

265. Oral and Dental Radiography.


266. ACL Repair.

267. Brachycephalic Syndrome Surgery.

268. Bulla Osteotomy: Lateral Approach.

269. Colectomy.

270. Cryptorchid Surgery.

271. Esophagostomy Tube Placement.

272. Frontal Sinus Obliteration.

273. Gastrostomy Tube Placement.

274. Jejunostomy Tube Placement.

275. Laser Surgery, CO2.

276. Lip Avulsion Replacement.

277. Mandibular Symphyseal Repair.

278. Mastectomy.

279. Nasopharyngeal Polyp/Mass Removal.

280. Nephrolith Removal.

281. Onychectomy.

282. Perivulvar Skin Fold Removal.

283. Sliding Skin Flaps.

284. Subcutaneous Fluid Catheter Placement.

285. Thoracostomy Tube Placement.

286. Thyroidectomy.

287. Total Ear Canal Ablation & Lateral Bulla Osteotomy.

288. Ureterolith Removal.

289. Urethrostomy, Perineal.

290. Urethrostomy, Prepubic.

291. Urinary Bladder Marsupialization/Tube Cystotomy.


292. Age Approximation.

293. Anatomical Differences in Cats and Dogs.

294. Body Surface Area Conversion.

295. Breed Specific Diseases.

296. Breed Standards and Characteristics.

297. Echocardiographic Tables.

298. Electrocardiographic Tables.

299. Basis for Therapeutic Diets.

300. Heartworm Society Recommendations.

301. Therapeutic Diets l.


302. Drug Formulary.

Chart of Normal Values.


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Author Information

About the Founding Authors

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline) is the Editor of the 3rd Edition. He has been in private practice for over 30 years and is owner of Alamo Feline Health Center, one of the largest feline practices in the United States. He is a frequent lecturer on feline topics for state, regional, national, and international veterinary conferences.

Mitchell A. Crystal, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), is the Chief of Medicine of North Florida Veterinary Specialists. Prior to opening one of Florida’s premier referral centers, he was an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sharon Fooshee Grace, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline), DACVIM (Internal Medicine), was in private practice for many years before joining the faculty of Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She had a deep interest in feline medicine before it was popular to be feline focused.

Larry P. Tilley, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) is an internationally acclaimed expert in cardiology of cats and dogs. He has authored or edited several textbooks on cardiology, electrocardiography, and internal medicine, including The 5 Minute Veterinary Consult.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Offers quick access to comprehensive information on diagnosing and treating diseases in cats
  • General updates throughout, including more than 500 additional clinical photographs and 84 additional chapters
  • Contains fourteen new surgery chapters including anesthesia, corneal surgery, cruciate rupture, laser surgery, and luxating patella
  • Extensive imaging section now covers CT and MRI
  • Significantly expanded behavior, clinical procedure, and surgery sections
  • Chapters have been written by a global list of contributors for increased international perspective
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“It is up to date on the most current standard of care for feline patients and would be a valuable resource for any veterinary clinician or veterinary technician who is dedicated to the practice of feline medicine. If there is only room on the shelf for one text that covers felines, it should be The Feline Patient.”  (Veterinary Information Network, 1 December 2012)

"The fourth updated edition of the weighty vet's reference Gary D. Norsworthy, et.al.'s The Feline Patient is a comprehensive ‘must' for any library on feline diseases and health. . . ne to this edition is expanded referencing to primary sources, an easier format, and an extended directory of genetic test providers. Highly recommended!." (The Midwest Book Review, 1 February 2011)

"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.

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." (Doody's, March 2011)

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