BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology, Second Edition
Editors: Gary England, BVetMed, PhD, DVetMed, CertVA, DVR, DipVRep, DipACT, DipECAR, FHEA, FRCVS
             Angelika von Heimendahl, MSc, BVM, DipECAR, MRCVS

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The BSAVA Manuals are always very informative and cover a wide range of titles.This BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology is divided into 5 sections with a total of 21 chapters. The various sections are divided into the reproductive cycle, infertility, pregnancy and parturition, neonatology and clinical approach to common conditions. There are various contributors to this book and all contributor biographies are mentioned after the contents page. Each chapter includes the contributor at the beginning of the chapter and references are included at the end of each chapter.

Section 1 of this book covers the reproductive cycle and spans the first 5 chapters. Chapters 1 and 2 entail descriptions of the physiology and endocrinology of the female dog and cat and the male dog and cat, respectively. Included are diagrams of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis as well as stages of oogenesis and hormonal concentrations in the male relating to the administration of various exogenous substances. Chapters 3 and 4 detail prevention of breeding in female and male dogs and cats as well as medical approaches and their side effects and surgical approaches to breeding prevention. Chapter 5 discusses determination of breeding status to include: breeding time, hormone concentrations, cytology examination and interpretation through well chosen pictures of cytology and endoscopic appearance of vaginal mucosa.

Section 2 discusses infertility and encompasses 4 chapters. Chapter 6 is devoted to infertility of the bitch and included in the discussion are examination and diagnostic techniques used to evaluate the bitch’s infertility. Also discussed are individual explanations for infertility in the bitch. Chapter 7 focuses on infertility of the queen and includes discussion on the various situations arising that cause infertility. Chapter 8 covers infertility in the male patient; both dogs and cats with detailed examination, evaluation and diagnostic parameters that are used to determine causes of infertility in the male dog and cat. Also discussed are the various diagnoses seen for infertility. Chapter 9 discusses artificial insemination in dogs including obtainment of a semen sample and examination of the sample, preserving the sample, and insemination timing and techniques.

Section 3 includes 5 chapters and centers around pregnancy and parturition. Chapters 10 and 11 involve pregnancy diagnosis, normal pregnancy and parturition in the bitch and queen, respectively and include pregnancy diagnosis using various modalities such as manual palpation, ultrasonography, radiology and relaxin assay. Also discussed are pregnancy duration, prediction of parturition day, stages of parturition, and the peripartum and postpartum period. Chapter 12 touches on unwanted mating and pregnancy termination as well as indications for pregnancy termination, surgical and pharmacological approaches and the various stages in which a pregnant female is presented for termination of the pregnancy. Chapter 13 discusses abnormal pregnancy, fetal loss situations involving premature parturition, intrauterine death, and infectious agents. Also discussed are conditions encountered during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, toxemia and vasculitides. Chapter 14 discusses problems during and after parturition including such situations such as dystocia, hemorrhage, retained fetuses and placentas, metritis, eclampsia, hypoglycemia and mammary disorders. Section 4 only has 2 chapters and focuses on neonatology while Chapter 15 covers management and critical care of the neonate. Topics touched on include what to expect in the first 3-4 weeks of life, CBC and chemistry parameters from birth to adult, development of the immune system, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and GI tract including nutrition. Common clinical ailments encountered, such as hypoglycemia, hypothermia and dehydration are also addressed. Chapter 16 covers neonatal conditions, touching on topics such as diagnostic approach, common presentations, and treatments. Chapter 17 discusses mammary gland diseases. Chapters 18 and 19 examine conditions of the non-pregnant and neutered bitch and queen such as vestibulitis, clitoral hyperplasia, vaginitis, vaginal prolapse, endometritis, ovarian tumor, and treatment of these conditions. Chapter 20 addresses issues seen in the male such as infectious orchitis, scrotal trauma, testicular tumors, sertoli cell tumors, scrotal tumors, inguinal hernias, balanitis, priapism, phimosis, prostatic cysts, prostatitis, cryptorchidism and diphallus. Chapter 21 the final chapter rounds out this book with a discussion of the relevance of biotechnological advances including topics such in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo transfer and cloning.

This book would be most advantageous to have on hand in any kind of veterinary practice as the information is useful to veterinarians and veterinarian technicians alike. Many of these issues can be encountered at any point in an animal’s life, so is a good reference to have on hand would be most beneficial. Included among the text are great pictures of many of the problems, great tables of normal lab work ad time sensitive diagnostics. The references available at the end of each chapter steer the reader to more research if desired.

Publisher: Wiley and Sons, 2011

240 pages, 8X12 paperback

ISBN 9781905319190

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Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Practice Management
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
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Animal Breeding, Welfare and Society
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