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Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare
Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare is an excellent review of all the clinical aspects regarding both cat behavioural consultations and other topics that have an impact on feline welfare. Its authors, Ilona Rodan and Sarah Heath are internationally recognised experts in feline behaviour.
The book also gives some clues to enhance our ability to attract cat owners to our clinics on a more regular basis. It is structured in eight parts and contains thirty client handouts.
It starts with stressing the importance of feline behaviour and welfare, the consequences when we as vets fail to send the right messages to owners about normal cat behaviour and most importantly: how to prevent not only behavioural problems at home but also at the clinic.
The concept of a Cat Friendly Practice is introduced to the reader. The relationship between behaviour and disease is then reviewed, the role of stress and the influences of obesity on behaviour. Pain, both acute and chronic, is also a relevant part of the book, including a chapter on Feline Orofacial Pain Syndrome.
The chapter on therapeutics covers both pheromones and drugs with updated information including, for example, a synthetic feline interdigital semiochemical, which is not available for us yet.
The last two parts of the book are dedicated to the approach of behavioural problems in practice, showing how to handle cats to minimize stress (to cats) and injuries (to staff), but also in the cat’s home, dealing with house soiling, problems of the senior cat and finally, aggression between cats and to humans.
This book represents a compendium of good information on the particularities of the cat as a patient, its behavioural problems and the way we should handle cats at the practice to increase our safety, but the most importantly, to improve both cat and owner “vet experience”. That is why the client handouts are an essential piece of the book.
I warmly recommended this book to generalist practitioners, nurses, students, residents and specialists. Because of its unique content, it is not comparable to other books that tend to be more based on cat’s diseases or behavioural problems.
Diego Esteban Saltiveri DVM, Acre. AVEPA Med Fel (Spain)
Canine and Feline Cytology, a Color Atlas
and Interpretation Guide
This is a thorough guide to veterinary cytology. Its new edition contains an enhanced portfolio of images and has been updated according to veterinary terminology, classifications schemes and available diagnostic tests. The structure is classic with a general introductory section followed by organ-specific chapters.
A valuable feature in this book is found in Appendix 1: Microscopic Basics and Telecytology. It provides a detailed description on how to optimize the usage of the microscope –This is an invaluable help for the veterinarian who wants to improve in cytology. Please promote this section to a starring role: If your microscope doesn’t work at its best, neither will you!
Other excellent features are the instructive guides on how to obtain diagnostic samples and sample handling. For the veterinarian not experienced in these procedures, the guides could perhaps be even more detailed. The text and Appendix 3 give information on the most common misinterpretations and artefacts: very useful, aiding in the distinction between relevant and irrelevant findings.
Some chapters highlight key points, making it particularly efficient for quick look-ups when faced with a specific cytological sample. Overall, there are numerous high quality images of cytological samples and a few clinical images, which supports the text. The book is well written and the setup makes it easy to find answers to a given topic.
However, the abundant use of histological images and the very detailed sections on special techniques such as electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry may well be too advanced for some users. This is also the weakness of the comprehensive book, which aims to be a guide for the recent graduate in general practice, while many sections seem to be targeted primarily to the more advanced cytopathologist.
But if is mainly used as an atlas and as a reference to cytological findings, the advanced sections may very well be a minor issue, as most often the focus will be on the information relevant to a specific cytological preparation.
Overall, the atlas contributes with significant and useful knowledge to cytological diagnostics in small animal practice. Especially for those who want to improve their cytology skills I can certainly recommend this atlas to be placed next to the microscope.
Helle Johansen (Denmark)
Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease
Dr Esson’s Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease includes but is not restricted to common ophthalmic diseases.
After the presentation of eye anatomy and ophthalmologic examination, eyelid diseases are discussed in depth (chapter 8 to 36), a section which is too often neglected in ophthalmology books.
Intra-ocular diseases are then presented, followed by diseases of the eyeball, glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology. The index at the end of the book is extensive, which helps the clinician to quickly find any disease included.
The text is concise and provides essential data is a highly didactic manner. Each chapter is presented in the same standard fashion. Clinical features, diagnosis and treatment, including potential side effects, are described on the left page. Clinical images presented on the right are excellent, most by Dr Esson himself. References are pertinent and updated, many date from 2014 (the book was published in 2015).
The use of a camera with magnification could have been a plus in some photos, and some could have benefited from reframing to better highlight the lesion. In some instances, details on the animal species or breed would have been useful, and more images of feline patients would had been helpful in diseases equally present in dogs and cats.
Chapter 39 is titled ‘Symblepharon’, defined as the adhesion between adjacent conjunctival surfaces. However, the chapter also includes cases of conjunctivalisation (invasion of the corneal surface by conjunctival cells, secondary to FHV-1 mediated corneal epithelial stem cell destruction).
Concerning keratomalacy, I cannot resist to mention that the French Bulldog is the most represented breed… in France! They often get this severe condition secondary to the local mechanical treatment (scalpel blade or diamond tipped burr) performed after the corneal debridement of a spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defect.
Finally, it would also be nice if a next edition could include ultrasonography and RMI images.
In spite of these minor points, Dr Esson’s book is a great atlas for any small animal practitioner with an interest in eye diseases.
Eric DÉAN (France)
DVM, DEVS ophtalmologie, CES Ophtalmologie, DIU surface oculaire
Volume 26(3), Autumn 2016