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Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook: Pocket Paperback – September 21, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470959657 ISBN-10: 0470959657 Edition: 7th

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Editorial Reviews


“… this exhaustive medication encyclopaedia is a must have for every practitioner.”  (Vets Nurses Today, 2012)

“More Than Just a Formulary. A welcome addition to the bookshelf of any veterinarian…this text is easy to use and packed with information… whichever format suits you best, this publication represents value for money.” – Veterinary Record December 17, 2011

“…perhaps the most extensive and comprehensive source of drug information pertaining to veterinary medicine currently available. …should be viewed as a resource and valuable asset to any veterinarian’s library.”  (JAVMA, March 15, 2012)

“For this reason, I feel this book is a solid 5 in terms of rankings and has kept up the standard of the past six editions. Veterinarians will find this book every bit as useful, if not a replacement for current pharmacological texts. Students and educators of veterinary science and technology will no doubt refer to this book throughout the educational process. The practicing veterinary technician who purchases this book can expect to start out with a nice looking book; but by the end of the first year of ownership will possess a well-handled, dog-eared, ragged copy - a testament to continued and frequent usage. No doubt everyone who uses this book will be happily anticipating many future editions.”  (Veterinary Information Network, 2011)

“This is a welcome update of the authoritative veterinary reference for drug and dosage information. It continues to be the reference veterinary professionals will reach for first.”  (Doody’s, 23 March 2012)

"The print is easier to read and very comfortable to the eyes . . . Anyone familiar with the previous editions will understand, and students seeking a reliable source of information need look no further than this newest printing. Once again, Plumb's comes highly recommended. Many thanks to Wiley-Blackwell for providing me with this review copy." (, 2011)

Reviews of the Previous Edition

"A 'must' for any college-level veterinary reference holding or for any practicing vet or student vet: it packs in the latest details on veterinary drugs, including detail on monitoring, chemistry, storage, and dosages, and it offers sidebars of color-coded prescribing highlights. The result is an invaluable handbook that will prove a key, foundation acquisition for any serious veterinary reference library." (Midwest Book Review, October 2008)

"The 6th edition has several enhancements: a new design and layout, the addition of 75 new drug monographs, updates to older monographs, with a listing for rapid-scanning for potential drug interactions and overdose information for 50 drugs ... and new sections. This edition, as in earlier editions, is essential for veterinarians and for institutions with veterinary medicine programs." (ARBA Online, March 2009)

"As a veterinary technician, I have enjoyed perusing this book and find it is not only a great reference for the job but also for home use, deciphering medication for any one of seven dogs or five cats currently residing in my home. For this reason, I am betwixt and between as to whether this book should remain in the pets’ medicine cabinet or go to work to reside on my office book shelf. Perhaps I need another copy and that is perhaps the best endorsement of all." (VIN, February 2010)

"This is an essential reference for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, pharmacists, other health professionals, and libraries. ... An invaluable handbook that will be an essential acquisition for any serious veterinary reference library as well as an easy to use reference for daily practice. This edition provides important updates and new features which make it a valuable book compared to the previous editions. It remains the pharmacology resource every veterinarian needs to keep in easy reach." (Doody's, May 2009)

From the Back Cover

Now in a fully updated seventh edition, Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook remains the most complete source of drug information relevant for animals available.   Providing referenced dosing recommendations in each monograph, this book offers doses for a wide range of species, including dogs, cats, exotic animals, and farm animals, in a single resource. The book also includes detail on key aspects for appropriate use of each drug, including pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, contraindications, adverse effects, safety during pregnancy or nursing, overdoses, drug interactions, monitoring, chemistry and stability, storage, compatibility, and available products.

The seventh edition adds 22 new drug monographs, as well as updated dosages and information for existing drugs.  A noteworthy feature is the Prescriber Highlights section found at the beginning of each monograph that allows readers a quick method of finding important information for that drug.

This is the convenient 5 x 8-inch pocket size; Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook is also available in an 8 ½ x 11-inch desk size for enhanced readability and ease of use and as a mobile version. Plumb’s exhaustive one-volume coverage of drugs approved for veterinary species and non-approved (human) drugs that are used in veterinary practices today make this book an essential reference for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary pharmacologists, pharmacists with veterinary patients, animal research or zoological facilities, and libraries that serve these groups.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 7th edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470959657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470959657
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Very useful reference.
This is a very up-to-date reference for veterinary professionals and very useful in everyday practice.
Marisa P. Slade
This is a great reference book for anyone in the breeding of dogs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Richard McAroy on October 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a practicing veterinarian, I use Plumb's every day. You know, "My dog has Lyme nephritis, blah blah blah, what dose of doxycycline do you recommend?" or "My tortoise just ate lizard poo, how much Panacur can he have? Blah blah blah." You know the drill.

I wanted access to Plumb's without having to through the online services. Up until now, I had to subscribe to expensive Veterinary Internet Network to get access to an electronic version of Plumb's, and after a while I got tired of the pious "Kumbaya and pass the checkbook" monthly payment. And they weren't very iPad friendly, either. So one day you're lugging your Macbook into an exam room and "Sir Bites-A-Lot," a West Herefordshire Gnashing Retriever sees your hands occupied holding a computer and takes the initiative and tries to rip your throat out. Suddenly you're faced with a spur-of-the-moment choice: do I drop my expensive Macbook and shield my crotch and throat from Sir Bites-A-Lot, or do I hug my Macbook to my chest and scream "Not the face, not the face!" Decisions, decisions.

Fortunately, Dr. Plumb's favorite resource is now available for the Kindle. So I DL'd it to my Kindle app on my iPad and VOILA! I can simultaneously impress clients with my wealth of pharmacological knowledge while simultaneously using my free non-iPad-holding paw to shield myself from the fur-covered razorblade attacking me from the exam table. Kudos to you, Sir! Additionally, the iPad becomes a legitimate business expense and I am blessed by the IRS. Does life get any better, I ask you?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gwen marder on July 7, 2013
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Lack of an index makes finding a drug a multistep process. If i want to look up selegiine, I first have to go to my android menu and hit "go to". next I have to hit "Table of Contents". This takes me to "Contents Systemic Monographs". Then I have to page through from the drugs that start with "A" to the page that has drugs starting with "S". The I scroll through the "S" drugs to find selegiline.

The content, once you find the desired drug, is what you would expect in any addition of "Plumbs".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DVM in Oregon on November 20, 2013
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Comparing this Kindle Ebook edition to the 2nd edition I have on my old Palm device, I can say that the Kindle eBook is a complete and utter waste of time and technology. As others have stated, searching for a particular drug monograph is an arduous and time consuming process. How about a simple A,B,C,D... index at the beginning of the table of contents (Like the old Palm edition had)? Instead the Kindle eBook forces you to search manually though each page of the substantial table of contents. There is no linked material within the monographs (unlike the old Palm edition), so if you want to find another related drug or one used for the same purpose referenced within a monograph, instead of just clicking on an active link to another monograph, you AGAIN return to the table of contents for yet another time consuming search. Within particular monographs of the Kindle version, you must scroll through it entirely to get to the dosages section, in contrast, the old Palm edition had highlighted links at the beginning of each individual monograph to the various sections within, such as doses.

Also: the images of various tables taken from the physical book are of such poor resolution as to be essentially unreadable at full size even on a 1080p full screen display. Very sloppy work.

Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook is an excellent reference that no DVM should be without. Just buy the physical book. The eBook for Kindle as it is presently is simply an embarrassment to the publishers and an insulting waste of a professional's time. Fix it and try again. Hint: use the old Palm editions as a model of how an electronic reference book SHOULD work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DVM2012 on December 11, 2012
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This text is a must have for veterinary practice. Its got dosing for all species and up to date information. I use this with my VIN account and feel collectively that its exactly the reference I need to tackle all my drug dosing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luavet2003 on March 19, 2014
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great drug reference specially the pocket edition! I use it often.
Just be careful with the references for drugs like metronidazole since the range varies greatly and higher doses could cause toxicity.
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By Sherrie Hockett on December 4, 2013
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It is pretty easy to use, about as fast as the paper version, when I've had a race with someone. My associates sometimes steal my Plumb, but never my iPad. (I love my iPad mini, but that's another review). And of course I always have my iPad at my side, so I can look up drug doses at home when I need to.

Minus one star for not having brand-names included in the index. They are included in the monograph, which I definitely need to see what they'll have at the human pharmacy, but sometimes it's just easier to search for Keppra instead of whatever Keppra is, which I have to look up first. It does give you a Google/Wikipedia search option in the search box, so I can use that to find Levet... something, and find Keppra that way without leaving the Kindle app. It just takes a little longer.
Also, sometimes I have a hard time getting the first drug name in the list. It wants to open the search bar when I touch near the top of the page. I'm not sure what that's about.
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