- 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.
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
The medical record
The organ system examination
Section 3: Clinical Signs
Abdominal enlargement with ascites
Abdominal enlargement without ascites
Alopecia (See hair loss)
Ataxia (See incoordination)
Blindness (See vision loss)
Blood in urine: hematuria, hemoglobinuria, myoglobinuria
Coma: loss of consciousness
Coughing blood: hemoptysis
Deafness or hearing loss
Decreased urine production: oliguria and anuria
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)
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
Painful urination: dysuria (See straining to urinate)
Painful defecation: dyschezia (See straining to defecate)
Rectal and anal pain (See straining to defecate)
Seizures (convulsions or epilepsy)
Sneezing and nasal discharge