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100 Top Consultations in Small Animal General Practice

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6949-3
448 pages
April 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Focusing on 'day one competencies', this book offers essential guidance to the most common problems encountered in small animal general practice. Addressing 100 core scenarios, it is ideal for the undergraduate or newly qualified vet, and for those seeking an up-to-date refresher. Organized by presenting sign (diarrhoea, itching) or disease (diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis), and with colour illustration throughout, each chapter explains:
  • how to make a diagnosis
  • which interventions are most appropriate in general practice
  • what the vet should say to the client before and after examination

The authors also offer invaluable advice on other key topics such as annual health checks, neutering and euthanasia, and they tackle the tough questions: What if it doesn't get better? What is the low cost option? When should I refer?

Never before has so much practical information been brought together in a single volume. Like having an experienced or specialist clinician standing by your side in the consulting room, 100 Top Consultations will become a trusted companion for students and practitioners alike.

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List of contributors.


About this book.

Introduction: Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in small animal general practice (Peter Hill).

Section 1 Health checks and vaccinations

1 The new puppy or kitten (Geoff Shawcross).

2 The annual health check (Geoff Shawcross).

3 Advising on spaying and castration (Geoff Shawcross).

Section 2 General signs and illnesses.

4 Inappetence and anorexia (Sheena Warman).

5 Weight loss (Sheena Warman).

6 Polydipsia and polyuria (Sheena Warman).

7 Pyrexia (Sheena Warman).

8 Anaemia (Sheena Warman).

9 Jaundice (Sheena Warman).

10 Collapse (Sheena Warman).

11 Abdominal distension (Sheena Warman).

12 The FeLV-positive cat (Andrea Harvey).

13 The FIV-positive cat (Andrea Harvey).

14 The cat with FIP (Andrea Harvey).

Section 3 Skin problems.

15 The itchy dog (Peter Hill).

16 The itchy cat (Peter Hill).

17 Diagnosing and treating skin diseases caused by ectoparasites (Peter Hill).

18 The dog with demodicosis (Peter Hill).

19 The dog with pyoderma or Malassezia dermatitis (Peter Hill).

20 The atopic dog (Peter Hill).

21 The dog with a hot spot (Peter Hill).

22 The dog with acral lick dermatitis (lick granuloma) (Peter Hill).

23 Anal sac problems (Peter Hill).

24 Ear infections (Peter Hill).

25 Pododermatitis (Peter Hill).

26 The dog or cat with a cutaneous lump or swelling (Peter Hill).

27 The dog with urticaria or angioedema (Peter Hill).

28 The cat-bite abscess (Peter Hill).

29 Lipomas (Peter Hill).

30 The dog with a histiocytoma (Peter Hill).

31 Mast cell tumours (Peter Hill).

32 Sebaceous adenomas and follicular cysts (Peter Hill).

33 The dog that is losing hair (Peter Hill).

34 Dermatophytosis (Peter Hill).

35 Skin problems in non dog/cat species (Sharon Redrobe and Peter Hill).

Section 4 Gastrointestinal problems.

36 Dental disease (Norman Johnstone).

37 Retching and gagging (Geoff Shawcross).

38 Vomiting (Sheena Warman).

39 Diarrhoea (Sheena Warman).

40 The dog with haemorrhagic gastroenteritis (Sheena Warman).

41 Colitis (Sheena Warman).

42 Liver disease (Sheena Warman).

43 The dog or cat with pancreatitis (Sheena Warman).

44 The dog with gastric dilatation and volvulus (Geoff Shawcross).

45 Obstipation and megacolon (Geoff Shawcross).

Section 5 Musculoskeletal problems.

46 Orthopaedic problems in young and growing dogs (Martin Owen).

47 Forelimb lameness (Martin Owen).

48 Hindlimb lameness (Martin Owen).

49 Cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency (Martin Owen).

50 Advising on osteoarthritis (Martin Owen).

51 Initial fracture diagnosis and management (Martin Owen).

52 Spinal pain and disk herniations (Martin Owen).

Section 6 Cardio-respiratory problems.

53 Coughing (Paul Smith).

54 The dog with kennel cough (Paul Smith).

55 Sneezing and nasal discharges (Andrea Harvey).

56 The puppy or kitten with a heart murmur (Paul Smith).

57 The dog with heart failure (Paul Smith).

58 The dyspnoeic cat (Paul Smith).

Section 7 Eye problems.

59 Eyelid problems (Jim Carter and Peter Hill).

60 Conjunctivitis (Jim Carter).

61 Corneal ulcers (Jim Carter).

62 Cataracts (Jim Carter).

63 Blindness (Jim Carter).

Section 8 Urinary tract problems.

64 The dog with signs of cystitis or haematuria (Sheena Warman).

65 The cat with signs of cystitis or haematuria (Sheena Warman).

66 The blocked cat (Sheena Warman).

67 The dog with urinary incontinence (Peter Holt).

68 Chronic renal failure (Sheena Warman).

69 The dog with prostatic disease (Peter Holt).

Section 9 Reproductive tract problems.

70 The dog with pyometra (Geoff Shawcross).

71 Pregnancy and whelping (Geoff Shawcross).

72 Oestrus control, misalliance and false pregnancies (Geoff Shawcross).

Section 10 Endocrine problems

73 The dog with hypothyroidism (Sheena Warman).

74 The dog with hyperadrenocorticism (Sheena Warman).

75 Diabetes mellitus (Sheena Warman).

76 The cat with hyperthyroidism (Andrea Harvey).

Section 11 Emergencies and trauma.

77 The road traffic accident (Geoff Shawcross).

78 The pharyngeal foreign body (Geoff Shawcross).

79 Problems associated with grass seeds (Geoff Shawcross).

80 Burns (Peter Hill).

Section 12 Cancer.

81 The dog or cat with cancer (Mark Goodfellow).

82 The dog with a mammary tumour (Mark Goodfellow).

83 The dog with multicentric lymphoma (Mark Goodfellow).

Section 13 Neurological problems

84 The dog having seizures (Sheena Warman).

85 Hindlimb ataxia and weakness (Martin Owen).

86 Vestibular disease (Sheena Warman).

Section 14 Behaviour problems.

87 The aggressive dog (Jon Bowen).

88 The frightened dog (Jon Bowen).

89 Separation problems in the dog (Jon Bowen).

90 House-soiling and elimination problems (Jon Bowen).

Section 15 Poisonings.

91 Dealing with suspected poisoning (Geoff Shawcross).

92 Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity (Sheena Warman).

Section 16 Problems in non dog/cat species.

93 The sick rabbit (Sharon Redrobe).

94 The sick hamster (Sharon Redrobe).

95 The sick Guinea pig (Sharon Redrobe).

96 The sick bird (Sharon Redrobe).

97 The sick tortoise (Sharon Redrobe).

Section 17 Miscellaneous.

98 The post-surgery check-up (Geoff Shawcross).

99 Illness in animals that have travelled abroad (Sue Shaw).

100 Elective euthanasia (Geoff Shawcross).

Section 18 Appendices.

Appendix 1 Rational use of antibiotics (Sheena Warman).

Appendix 2 Rational use of glucocorticoids (Peter Hill).

Appendix 3 General principles of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain (Martin Owen).

Appendix 4 Weight loss and obesity control (Sheena Warman).

Appendix 5 Interpretation of haematology and biochemistry profiles (Peter Hill and Sheena Warman).



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Dr Peter Hill is senior lecturer in veterinary dermatology at the University of Bristol, combining clinical and teaching responsibilities with an active research programme. He holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He is the author of over 50 scientific publications, is a former Editor of the journal Veterinary Dermatology

Sheena Warman is currently a lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol with special interests in emergency medicine and critical care. She obtained the RCVS and European Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine in 2004.

Geoff Shawcross qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1970, and has since spent his whole career in general practice, dealing primarily with small animals. After taking over ownership of a small animal practice, he built it up into a veterinary hospital. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1989. He has broad interests in all aspects of small animal practice and surgery.

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* Prioritisation of conditions focusing on what is commonly seen in small animal practice from day 1

*Easy-to-navigate quick reference for use by the busy practitioner

*Covers material rarely seen in texts such as consideration of clients’ financial status and when to refer

*Well illustrated with colour images throughout

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"It would also be useful to the large animal practitioner covering the odd consulting shift and the very part-time small animal vet." (Vet Record, 1 December 2011)

"Sidebars of ‘low cost options' and ‘what if it dosen't get better' notes accompany color photos and in-depth discussions perfect for any veterinary reference collection." (The Midwest Book Review, 1 November 2011)

"Each of them is described using a standard and very logical format. As needed, clear tables and algorithms are provided . . . An affordable must before jumping into the big wild veterinary world." (Tomorrow's Vet , 2011)

"In summary, this book is a real find for small animal general practitioners (in particular new graduates) and clinical veterinary students; it would be a worthwhile addition to any practice bookshelf as it is bursting with handy hints, photographs and helpful appendix tables. It is certainly value for money." (Veterinary Record, 16 July 2011)

"Photographs, drawings and diagrams, color-keyed boxes, and other features make the information particularly clear and accessible." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)

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