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Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Edition

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Edition

Karen Helton Rhodes, Alexander H. Werner

ISBN: 978-0-813-81596-1

Jan 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

768 pages


This quick reference manual offers accessible, reliable knowledge on small animal dermatology in the popular Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult format. The second edition of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology is a completely new compilation of information, with rewritten, reorganized, and updated chapters which offer even faster access to commonly used dermatology information. Aiding busy practitioners in making rapid, accurate decisions, the book offers complete coverage of diagnostic tools and information in an easy-to-use bulleted format.

This new edition includes many new topics such as diagnostic cultures, the diagnostic approach to the dermatology patient, precancerous conditions, zoonoses, and breed predispositions. In addition, existing content has been fully revised to provide a resource that is current and clinically relevant. New to this edition are printable client handouts on a back-of-book CD for use in your practice. With more than 550 color photographs to aid in diagnosis and useful appendices on dermatologic drugs and toxicities, the book is packed with essential information for veterinarians and students alike.



Section 1 Basics.

Chapter 1 Lesion Description/Terminology.

Chapter 2 Practical Cytology.

Chapter 3 Diagnostic Culture and Identification (Bacterial and Fungal).

Chapter 4 Obtaining a Diagnostic Biopsy.

Chapter 5 Lesional and Regional Differentials.

Chapter 6 Zoonosis.

Section 2 Allergic and Hypersensitivity Dermatitis.

Chapter 7 Atopic Dermatitis.

Chapter 8 Contact Dermatitis.

Chapter 9 Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex.

Chapter 10 Food Adverse Reactions.

Section 3 Endocrine Dermatoses.

Chapter 11 Canine Hyperadrenocorticism.

Chapter 12 Feline Hyperadrenocorticism/Skin Fragility Syndrome.

Chapter 13 Hypothyroidism.

Chapter 14 Noninfl ammatory Alopecia.

Section 4 Immunologic and Autoimmune Disorders.

Chapter 15 Canine Familial Dermatomyositis.

Chapter 16 Discoid (Cutaneous) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Chapter 17 Drug Eruption, Erythema Multiforme, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Chapter 18 Granulomatous Sebaceous Adenitis.

Chapter 19 Panniculitis.

Chapter 20 Pemphigus Complex and Bullous Pemphigoid.

Chapter 21 Sterile Nodular Granulomatous Dermatoses.

Chapter 22 Uveodermatologic Syndrome.

Chapter 23 Vasculitis.

Section 5 Infectious Dermatoses.

Chapter 24 Bacterial Folliculitis and Emerging Resistant Pyoderma.

Chapter 25 Dermatophytosis.

Chapter 26 Intermediate and Deep Mycosis.

Chapter 27 Leishmaniasis: Protozoan Dermatitis.

Chapter 28 Malassezia Dermatitis.

Chapter 29 Mycobacterial Infections.

Chapter 30 Nocardiosis.

Chapter 31 Viral Dermatoses.

Section 6 Neoplasias, Cutaneous/Paraneoplastic Dermatoses.

Chapter 32 Actinic Dermatoses.

Chapter 33 Canine Pre- and Paraneoplastic Syndromes.

Chapter 34 Common Skin and Hair Follicle Tumors.

Chapter 35 Epitheliotropic Lymphoma.

Chapter 36 Feline Paraneoplastic Syndromes.

Chapter 37 Histiocytosis.

Chapter 38 Mast Cell Tumors.

Section 7 Parasitic Disorders.

Chapter 39 Biting and Stinging Insects.

Chapter 40 Demodicosis (Canine and Feline).

Chapter 41 Sarcoptid Mites (Sarcoptes, Cheyletiella, Notoedres, and Otodectes).

Section 8 Selected Topics.

Chapter 42 Acne, Canine and Feline.

Chapter 43 Anal Sac Disorders/Perineal Fistulas.

Chapter 44 Behavioral or Self-Injurious Dermatoses.

Chapter 45 Disorders of Keratinization.

Chapter 46 Otitis Externa, Media, and Interna.

Chapter 47 Pododermatitis and Claw Disorders.

Chapter 48 Superfi cial Necrolytic Dermatitis (Hepatocutaneous Syndrome).

Section 9 Exotic Pet Dermatology.

Chapter 49 Ferret.

Chapter 50 Guinea Pig.

Chapter 51 Hamster.

Chapter 52 Hedgehog.

Chapter 53 Mouse/Rat.

Chapter 54 Rabbit.


Appendix A Clinical Management of Pruritic Infl ammatory Skin Disease.

Appendix B Canine Genodermatoses/Breed-Predisposition Dermatoses.

Appendix C Drug Formulary.

Appendix D Client Education Handouts (also available on companion CD).

Allergic Dermatitis, Canine & Feline.

Allergy Vaccine: Hyposensitization (General Information).

Antihistamine/Antipruritic Therapy.

Bacterial Infections.

Bloodwork Monitoring.

Chemotherapy/Immunosuppressive Therapy.

Contact Dermatitis.

Demodex Mites.

Dermatophytosis (Ringworm).

Elimination Diet Trial.

Granulomatous Sebaceous Adenitis.

House Dust Mite: Controlling Exposure.

Malassezia Dermatitis (Yeast).

Mold Allergies: Controlling Exposure.

Otitis (Ear Disease).

Pemphigus Foliaceus.


Shampoo Therapy: Instructions.

Surgical/Procedure Discharge Instructions.

Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome.

Treatment: Pituitary Cushing's Syndrome.

Video-Otoscopy for the Surgical Management of Otitis Media and Chronic Otitis Externa.

Suggested Reading.


“This book will be a valuable edition to any library and could easily become the go to text when diagnosing and treating dermatologic diseases. It will be one that is reached for again and again by veterinary technicians and veterinarians alike as well as students seeking to learn more about veterinary dermatology.”  (, 1 October 2013)

“Overall, this is an up-to-date quick reference text for dermatology that would have a good place on most book-shelves in general practice.”  (Veterinary Times, 1 May 2012)

"The succinct and practical nature of the book makes it an excellent handy reference guide, with a surprising amount of detail on each condition." (JSAP, 2012)

"The following chapters (all beautifully illustrated with colour photographs) look at the various conditions according to their aetiology. . . I would recommend that you protect and reinforce the soft cover of this Clinical Companion because I believe it won't resist the intensive use it is likely to get in the consulting room." (Vets Today, 2011)

"This book is well laid out with lots of colour clinical pictures, and is easy to follow. . . Overall, this is an up-to-date quick reference text for dermatology that would earn its place on most bookshelves in general practice." (Veterinary Times, 22 August 2011)

"Overall, this book is an excellent tool for any busy companion animal clinician, providing the right amount of information, in the right format for first opinion practice. " (Veterinary Practice, 1 July 2011)

"This book offers a quick overview of a variety of dermatologic diseases in small animals and a small amount of information on pathogenesis and treatment. The bullet-point format lends itself to fast, easy reading and the client handout templates are of particular interest for general practitioners. This edition significantly updates the first edition, published in 2002." (Doody's, April 2011)

  • Part of the popular Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult series

  • Offers quick access to reliable information on the most common small animal dermatologic diseases and conditions

  • Fully revised and reorganized with many new chapters

  • Easy-to-use bulleted format helps you make rapid, accurate decisions

  • Integrates more than 550 color photographs to aid diagnosis

  • Provides client handouts for use in clinical practice on a back-of-the-book CD