Feline Orthopedics
Harry W. Scott, BVSc, CertSAD, CBiol, MIBiol DSAS (Orth), FRCVS
Ron McLaughlin, DVM, DVSc, DACVS

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Written with the cat as a study animal, rather than extrapolated from information on other species, this book seems to have attained its goal to provide information strictly related to the feline structure. The content addresses surgical repair of musculoskeletal disorders, whether they are genetic deformities, accidental, or cosmetic alterations.

The introduction begins with a comparison between the dog and cat structure and system. Next is a study of diagnostic tools; this includes the basic physical examination, skeletal development related to age, basic tests, and imaging options. The trauma patient is the first topic, being the most urgent as to care and comfort. There are some tables of interesting topics that I have not seen before in this particular format, such as the illustration of growth plates and their closing time approximation. It's this sort of information that can make the veterinarian look like a genius.

Each section is fully illustrated with photos, drawings, radiograph, charts, and tables, boxed and in color for easy referral. There are some color photos, mostly of recumbent or posed cats. There are few color photographs of actual surgery, but the drawings and post-surgical radiographs seem to cover that issue adequately. Each possible condition is thoroughly illustrated step-by-step through any surgical procedure, splinting, pinning, and prognosis. The topics are arranged by body structure, forelimb, hindlimb, skull and mandible, spine, neuromuscular, and miscellaneous disorders. The illustration and radiographs of proper pin placement are of particular value. Joint replacements are also illustrated and shown in radiographs.

I imagine that even the seasoned surgical specialist would be smart to review the procedures outlined in this book before attempting a similar surgery. The information is finely detailed.

I liked this book. It was easy to read, seemed to be very thorough in the progression of each topic, and was intensely enhanced by the illustrations. I recommend it for every veterinarian's library.

Publisher's comments

"There are many orthopaedic differences between cats and dogs, yet most books on the market tend to concentrate on dogs rather than cats. As cats are not referred to specialists as frequently as dogs, the general practitioner has routinely to treat cats that have been involved in road traffic accidents and other musculoskeletal trauma. This book, the first of its kind, aims to provide a practical and user friendly guide to feline orthopedics. The book includes highly structured fully referenced text that provides a concise, straightforward guide to the recognition and management of specific diseases and conditions. The text is supported by high quality radiographs, colour photographs and colour line drawings to illustrate principles, techniques and procedures. Combining their experience in practice and education, the authors have produced a book to appeal to veterinarians in general and specialist feline practice, and to students."

Contents

  • Introduction to Orthopedic Surgery
  • Examination and Diagnostic Tools
  • Management of the Orthopedic Trauma Patient
  • Fracture Classification, Decision Making and Bone Healing
  • Instruments and Implants
  • Fracture Fixation Methods: Principles and Techniques
  • Arthrology
  • Fractures and Disorders of the Forelimb
  • Fractures and Disorders of the Hindlimb
  • Fractures and Disorders of the Skull and Mandible
  • Fractures and Disorders of the Spine
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Miscellaneous Orthopedic Disorders.

Manson Publishing, London. Distributed through Blackwell Publishing (2007).

Hardcover, 384 pages 261 x 194 mm page size, 456 color and black/white illustrations.

ISBN: 978-1-84076-056-9.


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Date Published: July 2, 2007

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