Textbook of Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats

1st Edition

Authors: Lesley King
Hardcover ISBN: 9780721687063
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 12th December 2003
Page Count: 688


This textbook is a clinical resource for the management of dogs and cats with respiratory tract disease. The only book of its kind on the subject, it is an essential resource for students and clinicians specializing in this area of treatment of dogs and cats. Main sections cover approaches to problems, diagnosis, pulmonary function testing, non-specific management of disease, and specific disorders of the respiratory tract.

Key Features

  • The author is a recognized expert in respiratory medicine in small animals, joined by 60 of the top people in this field.
  • Respiratory tract diagnostics is thoroughly covered, with descriptions of pathophysiology and state-of-the-art tools for diagnosis and management of respiratory tract disorders.
  • A general discussion of the approach to problems in the field includes upper airway obstruction, panting, acute and chronic cough, nasal discharge, sneezing, and cyanosis in cats and dogs.
  • Pulmonary function testing is discussed, including blood gas analysis, carbon dioxide monitoring, and pulse oximetry.
  • Non-specific management of respiratory disease is covered, with information on pharmacology and fluid therapy.
  • The final and largest section of the text details the specific disorders of the respiratory tract with a summary of diagnosis and treatment.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Approach to problems in respiratory medicine

1. Respiratory distress and cyanosis in dogs (including chest tube placement)

2. Respiratory distress and cyanosis in cats

3. Nasal discharge, sneezing and reverse sneezing

4. Epistaxis

5. Upper airway obstruction, stertor and stridor (including tracheostomy)

6. Acute and chronic cough

7. Panting

8. Pleural effusion

9. Hypoventilation

10. Respiratory muscle fatigue and failure

11. Physical examination of the respiratory tract

12. Imaging the respiratory tract (radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT)

13. Thoracic scintigraphy

14. Rhinoscopy and sampling from the nasal cavity

15. Laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy

16. Bronchoscopy

17. Bronchoalveolar lavage

18. Tracheal washes (endotracheal and transtracheal)

19. Fine needle lung aspirates

20. Thoracocentesis

21. Clinical pathology (cytology and pleural effusions) of the respiratory tract

22. Thoracoscopy and Lung biopsy

Part 3: Pulmonary function testing

23. Pulmonary mechanics (TBFVL, Resistance, Compliance)

24. Plethysmography

25. Arterial blood gas analysis

26. Pulse oximetry

27. End-tidal capnography

28. Transcutaneous oxygen and carbon dioxide monitoring

Part 4: Non-specific management of respiratory disease

29. Oxygen supplementation and humidification

30. Airway hygiene (nebulization, chest wall coupage, etc)

31. Positive pressure ventilation

32. Pharmacology of the respiratory tract

33. Anesthesia of the patient with respiratory disease for bronchoscopy and surgery

34. Fluid therapy for the patient with respiratory disease

Part 5: Disorders of the respiratory tract

Nasal cavity and sinuses

35. Feline vira


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About the Author

Lesley King

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA