Key Features

  • Step-by-step instructions and illustrations are provided for all major emergency and non-emergency clinical procedures.
  • A logical, easy-to-use format lists all emergency conditions in alphabetical order, and includes quick reference boxes calling out key information such as clinical tips and cautions.

  • Clear, concise guidelines help you evaluate clinical signs and laboratory test data.

  • Clinical algorithms make it easier to identify and treat abnormalities.
  • Guidelines for assessment and treatment include practical advice and solutions, how to examine the small animal patient using a body systems and problem list approach, and a review of basic diagnostic procedures used in daily practice.

  • Coverage of toxicological emergencies describes how to manage exposures and poisonings.

  • A quick reference guide to the management of the emergency patient is conveniently located on the inside cover.

  • A comprehensive drug formulary makes lookup easy, and includes proprietary names, actions/use of each drug, formulations, recommended dosages, and special precautions, with emergency medications highlighted for fast reference
  • This all-in-one reference includes practical coverage of emergency procedures, physical assessment in sickness and health, routine and advanced testing procedures, diagnostic tests sampling, preparation, procedures, and interpretation.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Emergency Care

Prehospital management of the injured animal

Initial emergency examination, management, and triage

Emergency diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

Pain: assessment, prevention, and management

Emergency management of specific conditions

Section 2: Patient Evaluation and Organ System Examination

Patient evaluation

The medical record

The organ system examination

Section 3: Clinical Signs

Abdominal enlargement with ascites

Abdominal enlargement without ascites

Aggression

Alopecia (See hair loss)

Ataxia (See incoordination)

Blindness (See vision loss)

Blood in urine: hematuria, hemoglobinuria, myoglobinuria

Coma: loss of consciousness

Constipation (obstipation)

Cough

Coughing blood: hemoptysis

Deafness or hearing loss

Decreased urine production: oliguria and anuria

Diarrhea, acute-onset

Diarrhea, chronic

Difficulty breathing or respiratory distress: cyanosis

Difficulty breathing or respiratory distress: dyspnea

Difficulty swallowing: dysphagia

Hair loss: alopecia

Hemorrhage (See spontaneous bleeding)

Icterus (See yellow skin)

Incoordination: ataxia

Increased urination and water consumption: polyuria and polydipsia

Itching or scratching: pruritus

Jaundice (See yellow skin)

Joint swelling: arthropathy

Loss of appetite: anorexia

Lymph node enlargement: lymphadenomegaly

Pain

Painful urination: dysuria (See straining to urinate)

Painful defecation: dyschezia (See straining to defecate)

Rectal and anal pain (See straining to defecate)

Regurgitation

Seizures (convulsions or epilepsy)

Sneezing and nasal discharge

Details

No. of pages:
784
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Saunders
Print ISBN:
9781437707984
eBook ISBN:
9781455757992
eBook ISBN:
9781437707991
eBook ISBN:
9781455754731

About the authors

Richard Ford

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Elisa Mazzaferro

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Emergency Services, Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists, Wheat Ridge, CO, USA