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Drug Therapy for Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat
This book is aimed at students and small animal practitioners who need a quick treatment guide when dealing with infectious diseases. It covers the most common infectious diseases in dogs and cats but is not intended as a complete reference.
The book is divided into seven sections. It begins with pharmacology guidelines followed by recommendations on empiric treatment pending diagnostic results. The third section, which is the largest, gives recommendations on the therapy of established infections. The four last sections cover the different types of medicines: antibiotics, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral agents. Each drug section is organised in alphabetical order.
The book is written in a very user-friendly manner. The set-up is perfect for the busy clinician as several aspects of each disease are briefly described to guide the practitioner in the right direction. For each disease there is information regarding microbiology/epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach, treatment/drug therapy and alternatives. At the end of each chapter there is a short reference list.
When discussing infectious diseases there are always geographical aspects that need to be taken into consideration as well as different legislation in different parts of the world. When reading this book as a Swedish veterinarian this became obvious. The use of antibiotics is much more restricted in my country, probably due to the high awareness regarding antimicrobial resistance. Even though this book covers a wider concept than just antibiotic use, I would have liked the author to at least touch on this subject in regards to the use of what are considered critically important antimicrobials to humans according to WHO (Canberra meeting 2005). As the book is aimed at clinicians who do not necessarily have an in-depth interest in infectious diseases, this is even more important, as the reader might choose an antimicrobial that should only be used as a last resort. I also found the book lacked information in the empirical treatment section which failed to state that not all bacterial infections need antibiotics to clear and that it is often possible and also appropriate to wait for the diagnostic tests before starting therapy.
Even though the importance of national guidelines in antimicrobial use cannot be emphasised enough, I would definitely recommend this book with the above proviso as it gives the practitioner a very practical and valuable tool to browse infectious diseases.
Hopefully, readers become more motivated to go in-depth regarding the disease they have diagnosed and the treatment they plan. This book is quite unique in its systematic and logic structure and is a welcome addendum to current literature in this topic.
Alexandra Vilén DVM (Sweden)
Exotic Animal Hematology and Cytology,
Already in 1988, when the first edition of Avian Hematology and Cytology came out, the book was regarded as a highly useful reference to aid in the cytodiagnosis of diseases in birds, being unique in its focus on collection and evaluation of hematologic and cytologic samples. Now, almost 30 years later, the recently published fourth edition of the book still retains its position as the frontrunner in the field of avian and exotic animal hematology and cytology.
Quadrupled in size compared to the first edition of the book, the fourth edition has been renamed Exotic Animal Hematology and Cytology to emphasize coverage of the various types of exotic animals, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Although the expansion to other exotic animal species was already established in the third edition, the new edition nevertheless has been thoroughly revised and changed compared to its predecessor. Whereas the previous edition consisted of seven chapters of which five concerning hematology of the different exotic groups, and two comparative chapters on cytology and diagnostic microscopy of wet-mount preparations, the current edition has been divided into six sections containing 25 chapters that provide information on the preparation and evaluation of hematology and cytology samples in the different animal species.
When going through the contents, however, the book appeared structured in a peculiar way: rather than starting with a step-by-step explanation of sampling techniques the book first describes the evaluation of the samples before going into detail about collection of samples. Similarly, a disease-oriented approach rather than an organ system-based approach was chosen for the cytology section of the fourth edition. Although this was done to improve the ease of use of the book, it may also cause extra inconvenience for those veterinarians that are unsure of the type of abnormality they are dealing with as they need to go through different chapter to fully understand the cytology of a specific organ system. Personally, I would therefore have preferred an approach similar to that chosen for the haematology section, with normal and abnormal findings discussed per organ system and per animal group.
Nevertheless the contents in the book should be considered highly valuable for those working with exotic animals in their practice, or those who may be presented with samples of these species during their daily work such as pathologists or laboratory technicians. Particularly the step-by-step instructions of the different sampling and processing techniques and great amount of high-quality images of both normal and abnormal hematologic and cytologic findings in the different species render the book extremely useful as a training tool and therefore a must-have reference for those who are interested in learning more about exotic animal hematology and cytology…
Yvonne van Zeeland, DVM, MVR, PhD, Dip. ECZM (Avian, Small mammal), CPBC (the Netherlands)
Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiology, 5th edition
This new edition (eight years after the 4th edition) has the same structure as the earlier edition with three sections: the methods of diagnosis in canine and feline cardiology, the cardiovascular disease and how to treat this disease.
This current textbook is really helpful for all practitioners from students to trained cardiologists. Each chapter is written by one of the best expert of the topic and is a sort of “state of the art” of the topic which can be read and used quickly.
In the field of canine and feline cardiology, major improvements occurred during the last years. In this new edition, new chapters are present to take care of this evolution: genetic and biomarkers, breed predilections, cardiac surgery, pacemaker therapy, nutrition.
In each chapter, the most important data are summarised, either in a key point note or in a yellow box with frequently asked questions. Numerous figures, photos and charts have been added to this fifth edition, most of which in colour. So, it is easier to study them and understand their meaning.
At the end of the book, there are four useful appendices:
- Canine and feline breed predilection for heart disease;
- Cardiopulmonary drugs formulary, containing extensive cardiopulmonary drug tables with indications, dosages, side effects, contraindications and drug interactions. There are e few differences between the American and European cardiovascular pharmacopoeia and these tables are so useful before prescribing.
- Echocardiographic: standard values by body weight and breed: highly useful when the practitioner needs to differentiate normal and abnormal measurements.
- Canine and feline genetic tests currently available for breed-specific cardiac disease with the addresses of the American or European laboratories where the samples can be sent.
Of course, some scientific data are absent but it is easy to find them through the suggested readings at the end of each chapter. Also missing: a general chapter on cardiac physiology and the pathophysiology of heart failure. Is it really a lack? I don’t think so.
The 4th edition helped to improve my cardiology skills in practice. I will keep the 5th updated version within hand’s reach whenever I practice cardiology, to get the information I need to perform my diagnosis and my prescription.
Jean-François Rousselot, DVM, France
Volume 26(1), Spring 2016