The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management
Susan E. Little, DVM, DABVP

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Overview: This book is primarily for the veterinarian in a dedicated feline practice, or a specialist. There are ten major sections, starting with Fundamentals of Feline Practice, building through Behavior, Nutrition, Internal Medicine, Reproduction and Pediatrics, Geriatrics, specialized considerations such as Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, The Feline Genome, and Population Medicine. There are sixty eight contributors, and eight section editors, giving a wealth of knowledge and a variety of approaches to the subject matter.

The first few chapters of the first section, Fundamentals of Feline Practice, should be required reading for everyone involved in the handling, diagnosing, and treatment of cats. There are detailed descriptions and clear photos of numerous ways to mitigate the usual “stressed cat syndrome” at the clinic, including handling techniques and suggestions for changing various procedures to acquire better results. There is a unique formula for figuring a cat’s BMI, based on measurement of the rib cage circumference and rear leg length, which provides a more accurate indication of a cat’s condition, than the more normally used visual comparison.

Throughout the book, good use is made of clear photographs, charts, graphs, and tables for reference and explanation. The Table of Contents is highly useful, in that each section is broken down by chapter, and within the chapters, major points are described, with page numbers. Each major section is color coded on the top edge of the book. For areas frequently referenced, it might be helpful to use permanent side tabs.

The Feline Internal Medicine section is a wealth of material, with the twelve major areas of disease--cardiovascular, dental, and digestive, endocrinology, and hematology and immune-related, dermatology, oncology, etc. each covered in its own chapter. There is a logical progression within each chapter from a description of the disorder, clinical presentations possible, diagnostic techniques, diagnosis, to therapeutic treatments and prognosis that makes this book easy to follow. Within these subsections, the liberal use of photographs, radiographs, charts, tables, and algorithms speed the understanding of the text. Extensive references are provided between subsections, when warranted.

The section on Concurrent Disease Management illustrates how far the understanding of feline medicine has advanced in recent years. Links between hypertension and chronic kidney disease, or heart failure with chronic kidney disease, are separately and thoroughly discussed, evaluated, with probable treatments, prevalence, and outcome are outlined.

In summary, this would be an extremely valuable book for the feline specialist practice as a library reference. For the general practitioner, having the online version available when needed would be a bonus. Both veterinarians and veterinary staff would greatly benefit from having the first section available for study, as well as part of the last section, in keeping cats physically and behaviorally healthy. Shelters may find much of the last section, Population Medicine, a nearly essential reference with the discussions of management oversight, trap/neuter/release techniques and procedures.

Saunders: St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier. 2012

1398 pages, hard cover

ISBN: 978-1-4377-0660-4


Table of Contents
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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
 
* Blackwell Can. Fel. 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* BSAVA Can. Fel. Neurology 3rd Ed.
 
* BSAVA Canine Feline Haematology
 
* BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice
 
* Cardio. Disease SA
 
* Clin. Can. Fel. Repro.
 
* Clinical Vet. Dog Cat (VSPN Review)
 
* Keeping Indoor Cats (VSPN Review)
 
Acupuncture For Dogs And Cats; A Pocket Atlas
 
Arthropod Disease Dog Cat
 
Atlas Interpret. Radiograph. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians, 2nd Ed.
 
Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians, Second Ed
 
Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology, 2nd Ed
 
August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Vol 7 (VSPN)
 
Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 3rd Ed (VSPN)
 
Blackwell Can. & Fel. Behavior
 
Blackwell Lab. Tests (VSPN Review)
 
Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Ed
 
Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Ed
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Anaesthesia 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Dentistry 3rd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Endoscopy
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Nursing 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Thoracic Imaging
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology, 4th Ed
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, 4th Ed
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, 4th Edition with DVD (VSPN)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Radiography and Radiology (VSPN)
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Rehabilitation, Supportive, and Palliative Care
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
BSAVA Musculoskeletal Imaging
 
BSAVA Nephrology Urology 2nd Ed.
 
Can. Fel. Geriatric Oncology
 
Canine & Feline Endocrinology 3rd Ed.
 
Canine & Feline Gastroenterology, 1st Edition (VSPN)
 
Canine & Feline Infectious Diseases ( VSPN)
 
Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases and Parasitology, 2nd Ed.
 
Canine Feline Behav. Therapy 2nd Ed.
 
Cardiac Auscultation
 
Cat Anatomy and Dissection Guide
 
Cat: Behav. Nutr.
 
Clinical Can. Fel. Respiratory
 
Clinical Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine (VSPN Review)
 
Clinical Med. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Ed
 
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats; 2nd Ed.
 
Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 6
 
Diagnostic Radiology and Ultrasonography
 
Ear Nose Throat Dog & Cat
 
Encyclopedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition (VSPN)
 
Essential Physiotherapy
 
Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare (VSPN)
 
Feline Dentistry (Guest Review)
 
Feline Dentistry (VSPN Review)
 
Feline Infectious Diseases Self-Assessment Color Review
 
Feline Orthopedics
 
Feline Parasitology
 
First Steps with Puppies and Kittens; A Practice-Team Approach to Behavior (VSPN)
 
Handbook of Canine and Feline Emergency Protocols
 
Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 4th Ed.
 
Lymphoma Dogs & Cats
 
Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets
 
Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets(VSPN)
 
Manual Clin. Dog Cat 3rd Ed.
 
Notes Cardioresp. Dog & Cat 2nd Ed.
 
Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Nutritional Management of Hospitalized Small Animals
 
Radiography of the Dog and Cat: Guide to Making and Interpreting Radiographs (VSPN)
 
Radiography of the Dog and Cat: Guide to Making and Interpreting Radiographs (VSPN)
 
Seizures in Dogs and Cats
 
Self-Assessment Cytology
 
Self-Assessment Feline Med.
 
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (VSPN)
 
Small Animal Oncology
 
You are hereThe Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management (VSPN)
 
The Cat; Clinical Medicine and Management
 
The Feline Patient 4th edition (VSPN Review)
 
The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, Home Ed
 
Towel Wrap Techniques for Handling Cats with Skill and Ease (DVD)(VSPN)
 
Urological Disorders of the Dog and Cat (VSPN)
 
Vet Medi Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds (VSPN)
 
Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds
 
What’s Wrong with my Cat or Kitten? (VSPN)
 
* 5-Minute Consult Ophthalmology
 
* Atlas Orthopedic Surg. Dog Cat
 
* Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 5th Ed
 
* Breed Disease Dog Cat
 
* BSAVA Can. Fel. Behaviour.
 
* BSAVA Canine Feline Endocrinology 3rd Ed.
 
* BSAVA Infectious Diseases
 
* Cancer Dogs Cats 2nd Ed.
 
* Color Skin Dog Cat 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Consult. Feline IM 4
 
* Consult. Feline IM 5
 
* Diagnostic Cytology 3rd Ed.
 
* Ear Diseases Dog Cat
 
* Feline Behavior Guide 2nd Ed.
 
* Feline Patient 3rd Ed.
 
* Five Diagnostic Feline
 
* Geriatrics Dog & Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Guide Hematology Dog Cat (VSPN Review)
 
* Handbook Behavior Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Handbook Emergency Dog Cat
 
* Parasitology Dogs & Cats
 
* Practical Can. Fel. Neurology
 
* Restraint Fractious Cat
 
* SA Dentistry PVS
 
* Self-Assessment SA Dermatology
 
* Skin Disease Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Text. Can. Fel. Cardio.
 
* Textbook Respiratory Dogs & Cats
 
* Treatment Behavior Dog Cat
 
* Treatment Behavior Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
 
* Veterinary Pediatrics 3rd Ed.
 
*Infectious Dog Cat 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: February 15, 2013

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