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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 ix

Acknowledgements x

About this book xi

Introduction Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in small animal general practice 1
Peter Hill

Section 1 Health checks and vaccinations

Chapter 1 The new puppy or kitten 13
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 2 The annual health check 18
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 3 Advising on spaying and castration 20
Geoff Shawcross

Section 2 General signs and illnesses

Chapter 4 Inappetence and anorexia 25
Sheena Warman

Chapter 5 Weight loss 27
Sheena Warman

Chapter 6 Polydipsia and polyuria 29
Sheena Warman

Chapter 7 Pyrexia 32
Sheena Warman

Chapter 8 Anaemia 35
Sheena Warman

Chapter 9 Jaundice 39
Sheena Warman

Chapter 10 Collapse 42
Sheena Warman

Chapter 11 Abdominal distension 45
Sheena Warman

Chapter 12 The FeLV-positive cat 47
Andrea Harvey

Chapter 13 The FIV-positive cat 51
Andrea Harvey

Chapter 14 The cat with FIP 54
Andrea Harvey

Section 3 Skin problems

Chapter 15 The itchy dog 59
Peter Hill

Chapter 16 The itchy cat 62
Peter Hill

Chapter 17 Diagnosing and treating skin diseases caused by ectoparasites 66
Peter Hill

Chapter 18 The dog with demodicosis 74
Peter Hill

Chapter 19 The dog with pyoderma or Malassezia dermatitis 78
Peter Hill

Chapter 20 The atopic dog 82
Peter Hill

Chapter 21 The dog with a hot spot 86
Peter Hill

Chapter 22 The dog with acral lick dermatitis (lick granuloma) 88
Peter Hill

Chapter 23 Anal sac problems 91
Peter Hill

Chapter 24 Ear infections 94
Peter Hill

Chapter 25 Pododermatitis 99
Peter Hill

Chapter 26 The dog or cat with a cutaneous lump or swelling 104
Peter Hill

Chapter 27 The dog with urticaria or angioedema 107
Peter Hill

Chapter 28 The cat-bite abscess 109
Peter Hill

Chapter 29 Lipomas 111
Peter Hill

Chapter 30 The dog with a histiocytoma 113
Peter Hill

Chapter 31 Mast cell tumours 115
Peter Hill

Chapter 32 Sebaceous adenomas and follicular cysts 118
Peter Hill

Chapter 33 The dog that is losing hair 120
Peter Hill

Chapter 34 Dermatophytosis 123
Peter Hill

Chapter 35 Skin problems in non dog/cat species 126
Sharon Redrobe and Peter Hill

Section 4 Gastrointesti nal problems

Chapter 36 Dental disease 133
Norman Johnstone

Chapter 37 Retching and gagging 138
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 38 Vomiting 140
Sheena Warman

Chapter 39 Diarrhoea 143
Sheena Warman

Chapter 40 The dog with haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis 146
Sheena Warman

Chapter 41 Colitis 148
Sheena Warman

Chapter 42 Liver disease 151
Sheena Warman

Chapter 43 The dog or cat with pancreatitis 155
Sheena Warman

Chapter 44 The dog with gastric dilatation and volvulus 158
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 45 Obstipation and megacolon 162
Geoff Shawcross

Section 5 Musculoskeletal problems

Chapter 46 Orthopaedic problems in young and growing dogs 169
Martin Owen

Chapter 47 Forelimb lameness 177
Martin Owen

Chapter 48 Hindlimb lameness 180
Martin Owen

Chapter 49 Cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency 183
Martin Owen

Chapter 50 Advising on osteoarthritis 187
Martin Owen

Chapter 51 Initial fracture diagnosis and Management 190
Martin Owen

Chapter 52 Spinal pain and disk herniation 194
Martin Owen

Section 6 Cardio-respiratory problems

Chapter 53 Coughing 201
Paul Smith

Chapter 54 The dog with kennel cough 205
Paul Smith

Chapter 55 Sneezing and nasal discharge 207
Andrea Harvey

Chapter 56 The puppy or kitten with a heart murmur 210
Paul Smith

Chapter 57 The dog with heart failure 214
Paul Smith

Chapter 58 The dyspnoeic cat 218
Paul Smith

Section 7 Eye problems

Chapter 59 Eyelid problems 223
Jim Carter and Peter Hill

Chapter 60 Conjunctivitis 227
Jim Carter

Chapter 61 Corneal ulcers 230
Jim Carter

Chapter 62 Cataracts 234
Jim Carter

Chapter 63 Blindness 237
Jim Carter

Section 8 Urinary tract problems

Chapter 64 The dog with signs of cystitis or haematuria 241
Sheena Warman

Chapter 65 The cat with signs of cystitis or haematuria 245
Sheena Warman

Chapter 66 The blocked cat 247
Sheena Warman

Chapter 67 The dog with urinary Incontinence 250
Peter Holt

Chapter 68 Chronic renal failure 252
Sheena Warman

Chapter 69 The dog with prostatic disease 256
Peter Holt

Section 9 Reproductive tract problems

Chapter 70 The bitch with pyometra 261
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 71 Pregnancy and whelping 263
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 72 Oestrus control, misalliance and false pregnancies 266
Geoff Shawcross

Section 10 Endocrine problems

Chapter 73 The dog with hypothyroidism 271
Sheena Warman

Chapter 74 The dog with Hyperadrenocorticism 274
Sheena Warman

Chapter 75 Diabetes mellitus 278
Sheena Warman

Chapter 76 The cat with hyperthyroidism 282
Andrea Harvey

Section 11 Emergencies and trauma

Chapter 77 The road traffic accident 287
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 78 The pharyngeal foreign body 291
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 79 Problems associated with grass seeds 294
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 80 Burns 297
Peter Hill

Section 12 Cancer

Chapter 81 The dog or cat with cancer 303
Mark Goodfellow

Chapter 82 The dog with a mammary Tumour 307
Mark Goodfellow

Chapter 83 The dog with multicentric Lymphoma 310
Mark Goodfellow

Section 13 Neurological problems

Chapter 84 The dog having seizures 315
Sheena Warman

Chapter 85 Hindlimb ataxia and weakness 319
Martin Owen

Chapter 86 Vestibular disease 322
Sheena Warman

Section 14 Behavioural problems

Chapter 87 The aggressive dog 327
Jon Bowen

Chapter 88 The frightened dog 330
Jon Bowen

Chapter 89 Separation problems in the dog 333
Jon Bowen

Chapter 90 House-soiling and elimination Problems 335
Jon Bowen

Section 15 Poisonings

Chapter 91 Dealing with suspected Poisoning 341
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 92 Anticoagulant rodenticide Toxicity 347
Sheena Warman

Section 16 Problems in non dog/cat species

Chapter 93 The sick rabbit 353
Sharon Redrobe

Chapter 94 The sick hamster 359
Sharon Redrobe

Chapter 95 The sick Guinea pig 363
Sharon Redrobe

Chapter 96 The sick bird 368
Sharon Redrobe

Chapter 97 The sick tortoise 374
Sharon Redrobe

Section 17 Miscellaneous

Chapter 98 The post-surgery check-up 385
Geoff Shawcross

Chapter 99 Illnesses in animals that have travelled abroad 388
Sue Shaw

Chapter 100 Elective euthanasia 392
Geoff Shawcross

Section 18 Appendices

Appendix 1 Rational use of antibiotics 397
Sheena Warman

Appendix 2 Rational use of glucocorticoids 402
Peter Hill

Appendix 3 General principles of non-steroidal anti-infl amatory drug (NSAID) use for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain 404
Martin Owen

Appendix 4 Weight loss and obesity Control 406
Sheena Warman

Appendix 5 Interpretation of haematology and biochemistry profiles 409
Peter Hill and Sheena Warman

Abbreviations 415

Index 417

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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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