Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume Five
John R. August, BVetMed, MS, MRCVS

Guest Review by W. Greg Upton, DVM Star
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The Consultations In Feline Internal Medicine books contain a collection of timely topics written by various authors (99 in this case) concerning feline medicine. Because of this format, not all topics related to feline medicine are covered. I have all of the previous volumes, and my impression is that this edition is the best so far. New, in this volume, is the inclusion of good quality color photographs and illustrations. The tables are highlighted in yellow. The diagnostic algorithms are useful and not over used.

The book is divided into 10 sections, with each section having its own editor. There are a total of 78 chapters, each on a different topic, and each is well referenced. Some duplication of content is present (i.e., hypercalcemia and pleural effusion), but it is not a significant problem. Generally speaking, these are rather in-depth discussions that should provide the reader with a better understanding of each topic.

Not all of the topics are directly related to medicine. Some are behavior related, such as "Behavior of Single Cats and Groups in the Home" and "Recognition and Management of Stress in Housed Cats." Some are shelter-related, as in "Controlling Feline Respiratory Disease in Animal Shelters" and "Euthanasia of Cats in the Animal Shelter Environment." Other chapters discuss the problem of cruelty to cats -- and even tread into the controversial topic of feral cats and their impact on wildlife populations.

I would highly recommend this book to any practitioner who works with cats (veterinary students would also benefit from the thorough discussions).


Section I - Infectious Diseases

Chapter 1: Calicivirus: Spectrum of Disease; Chapter 2: Cutaneous Manifestations of Viral Disease; Chapter 3: Infectious Uveitis; Chapter 4: Bartonellosis; Chapter 5: Bacterial Causes of Enteritis and Colitis; Chapter 6: New Diagnostic Tools for Infectious Diseases; Chapter 7: Opportunistic Fungal Infections; Chapter 8: Localized and Generalized Tetanus

    Section II - Gastrointestinal System

    Chapter 9: Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions; Chapter 10: Esophagitis and Esophageal Strictures; Chapter 11: Current Considerations for Evaluating Liver Function in the Cat; Chapter 12: Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis; Chapter 13: Cobalamin in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease; Chapter 14: Clinical Staging for Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Chapter 15: Diarrhea in Kittens; Chapter 16: Practical Aspects of Enteral Nutrition

      Section III - Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases

      Chapter 17: Update on Hypercalcemia Disorders; Chapter 18: Transdermal Therapeutics; Chapter 19: Pathogenesis and Management of Obesity; Chapter 20: Options for Monitoring Diabetic Cats; Chapter 21: Diagnostic Methods for Hyperthyroidism; Chapter 22: Update on Treatment of Hyperthyroidism; Chapter 23: Goiter in Apparently Euthyroid Cat; Chapter 24: Diagnostic Usefulness of and Clinical Syndromes Associated with Reproductive Hormones

        Section IV - Dermatology

        Chapter 25: Update on Feline IgE and Diagnostic Recommendations for Atopy; Chapter 26: Eosinophils and Eosinophilic Diseases; Chapter 27: Demodicosis; Chapter 28: Bacterial Pyoderma; Chapter 29: Diagnosis and Management of Pemphigus Foliaceus; Chapter 30: Controversial and Emerging Diseases; Chapter 31: Drug Therapy in Cats: Precautions and Guidelines; Chapter 32: Recent Research on Dermatophytosis

          Section V - Cardiology and Respiratory Disorders

          Chapter 33: Cardiomyopathy: Establishing a Diagnosis; Chapter 34: Cardiomyopathy: Therapeutic Decisions; Chapter 35: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy; Chapter 36: Dirofilariasis; Chapter 37: Prevention and Management of Thromboembolism; Chapter 38: Chronic Rhinosinusitis; Chapter 39: Bronchial Disease; Chapter 40: Pleural Disease

            Section VI - Urinary System

            Chapter 41: Acute Ureteral Obstruction; Chapter 42: Clinical Progression of Early Chronic Renal Failure and Implications for Management; Chapter 43: Upper Tract Uroliths: Questions, Answers, Questions; Chapter 44: Lithotripsy; Chapter 45: Proteinuria; Chapter 46: Dietary Considerations for Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis; Chapter 47: New Insights in the Pathophysiology of Idiopathic Cystitis; Chapter 48: Revisiting Bacterial Urinary Tract Infection

              Section VII - Neurology

              Chapter 49: Review of the Neurologic Examination; Chapter 50: Polyneuropathies; Chapter 51: Miscellaneous Spinal Cord Disorders; Chapter 52: Neurogenic Micturition Disorders; Chapter 53: Miscellaneous Encephalopathies; Chapter 54: Brain Tumors; Chapter 55: Seizure Disorders and Treatment Options; Chapter 56: Vestibular Disorders

                Section VIII - Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems

                Chapter 57: Safety of Blood and Blood Products; Chapter 58: New Generation of Blood Products; Chapter 59: Thromboembolic Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment; Chapter 60: Anemia; Chapter 61: Platelet Disorders; Chapter 62: Interpreting the Leukogram; Chapter 63: Plasma Cell Neoplasms; Chapter 64: Update on Haemoplasmosis

                  Section IX - Oncology

                  Chapter 65: Tumor-Related Feline Oncology Emergencies; Chapter 66: Dilemmas in Lymph Node Cytology; Chapter 67: Extranodal Lymphosarcoma; Chapter 68: Malignant Effusions; Chapter 69: Tumors of the Urinary Tract; Chapter 70: Treatment-Related Emergencies in Feline Oncology; Chapter 71: Supportive Medical Care and Pain Management in Feline Cancer Patients; Chapter 72: Dealing with Client Grief

                    Section X - Population Medicine

                    Chapter 73: Behavior of Single Cats and Groups in the Home; Chapter 74: Euthanasia of Cats in the Animal Shelter Environment; Chapter 75: Cruelty Toward Cats; Chapter 76: Killing Cats and Killing Birds: An Overview of Philosophical Issues Involving Feral Cats and Wildlife; Chapter 77: Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Infections in High-Density Cat Populations; Chapter 78: Recognition and Management of Stress in Housed Cats; Chapter 79: Controlling Feline Respiratory Disease in Animal Shelters; Chapter 80: Osteoarthritis

                      Imprint: Elsevier (publication date: 2006).

                      Hardcover, 8.5 x 10-7/8" format, 800 pages, 295 illustrations.

                      ISBN: 9780721604237.

                      Table of Contents
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                      Alternative Medicine
                      Animal Welfare
                      Client Education
                      Cytology / Hematology / Histology
                      Emergency Med
                      * 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
                      The 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
                      You are here* 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
                      Handling & Restraint
                      Human-Animal Bond
                      Imaging & Radiology
                      Infectious Diseases
                      Internal Medicine
                      Laboratory Medicine
                      Practice Management
                      Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
                      Shelter Medicine
                      Veterinary Education
                      Wildlife-Zoo Animals

                      Date Published: August 28, 2006

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