Kirk & Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment, 9th Edition

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Kirk & Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment, 9th Edition


Provide expert care for cats and dogs! Kirk and Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment, 9th Edition covers not only the management of emergency conditions, but also strategies for dealing with hundreds of routine diagnostic and treatment challenges in small animals. Its user-friendly format provides instant access to vital information -- making it an ideal resource in emergency situations -- and it is conveniently organized by both body systems and presenting signs to help you easily reach a diagnosis and determine a treatment plan for all clinical situations. Written by veterinary experts Richard Ford and Elisa Mazzaferro, Kirk and Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment provides current guidelines for small animal emergency care and the diagnostic procedures most commonly performed in a busy, team-oriented practice.

  • 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.
            • Quick Reference boxes include potential causes of each clinical abnormality and associated signs, step-by-step diagnostic plans, and clinical algorithms.

            • The latest vaccination guidelines include protocols for dogs and cats at low, medium, and high risk of exposure to infectious diseases.

              • Updated coverage keeps you current with the latest on pain assessment, prevention, and treatment.

              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


              Alopecia (See hair loss)

              Ataxia (See incoordination)

              Blindness (See vision loss)

              Blood in urine: hematuria, hemoglobinuria, myoglobinuria

              Coma: loss of consciousness

              Constipation (obstipation)


              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


              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

              Spontaneous bleeding: hemorrhage

              Straining to defecate: dyschezia

              Straining to urinate: dysuria

              Swelling of the limbs: peripheral edema

              Uncontrolled urination: urinary incontinence

              Vision loss: total blindness


              Vomiting blood: hematemesis

              Weakness, lethargy, fatigue

              Weight loss: emaciation, cachexia

              Yellow skin or mucous membranes: icterus (or jaundice)

              Section 4: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

              Routine Procedures

              Dermatologic Procedures

              Advanced Procedures

              Section 5: Laboratory Diagnosis and Test Protocols

              Common reference range values

              Sample handling

              Submission requirements for rabies suspects

              Histopathology and cytopathology


              Routine biochemical testing

              Special diagnostic tests and test protocols

              Hemostasis and coagulation



              Infectious disease serology and microbiology


              Section 6: Charts and Tables

              6-1: Emergency Hotlines

              6-2: Dog Breeds Recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

              6-3: Cat Breeds Recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)

              6-4: Useful Information for Rodents and Rabbits

              6-5: Determination of the Sex of Mature and Immature Rodents and Rabbits

              6-6: Blood Values and Serum Chemical Constituents for Rodents and Rabbits

              6-7: Ferrets--Physiologic, Anatomic, and Reproductive Data

              6-8: Hematologic Values for Normal Ferrets

              6-9: Serum Chemistry Values for Normal Ferrets

              6-10: Electrocardiographic Data for Normal Ferrets

              6-11: Conversion of Body Weight in Kilograms to Body Surface Area in Meters Squared for Dogs

              6-12: Conversion of Body Weight in Kilograms to Body Surface Area in Meters Squared for Cats

              6-13: French Scale Conversion Table

              6-14: International System of Units (SI)

              Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM, Professor of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and Elisa Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, Director of Emergency Services, Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists, Wheat Ridge, CO, USA


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