Table of Contents

Emergency care.
Patient evaluation and organ system examination.
Clinical signs.
Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Laboratory diagnosis and test protocols.
Charts and tables. 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 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 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 Biochemistry--routine Routine biochemical testing Special diagnostic tests and test protocols Hemostasis and coagulation Endocrinology Immunology Infectious disease serology and microbiology Urine 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. 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.