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cover image - Kirk & Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment,9th Edition
ISBN: 9781437707984
Publication Date: 08-08-2011
Page Count: 784
Imprint: Saunders
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Kirk & Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment, 9th Edition

by Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM and Elisa Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC


cover image - Kirk & Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment,9th Edition
ISBN: 9781437707984
Publication Date: 08-08-2011
Page Count: 784
Imprint: Saunders
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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) Conversion Guide

    6-15: Units of Length, Volume, and Mass in the Metric System

    6-16: Vaccines Licensed for Use in Dogs in the United States

    6-17: Vaccines Licensed for Use in Cats in the United States

    6-18: Canine Vaccination Recommendations-Initial Puppy Series

    6-19: Canine Vaccination Recommendations-Adult

    6-20: Feline Vaccination Recommendations-Initial Kitten Series

    6-21: Feline Vaccination Recommendations-Adult

    6-22: Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2005, National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV)

    6-23: Prescription Writing Reference... Do's and Don'ts

    6-24: Common Drug Indications and Dosages

  • 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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