- Spiral-bound: 210 pages
- Publisher: Mosby (October 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0323055753
- ISBN-13: 978-0323055758
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mosby's Veterinary PDQ, 1e
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Some mistakes: dexamethazone is listed as 'long acting' IM, IV, SC, PO, while Depo-Medrol is listed as intermediate acting (along with prednisone); pimobendan listed as 'available in Canada and Europe'--t's been available in this country for quite a few years, and this is the 2009 edition I'm reviewing; benazepril is listed as an "Angiotensin Converting Enzyme" (!) rather than an ACE-inhibitor, while enalapril is listed as an ACE-I all by itself; enalapril is listed as 'give on an empty stomach'; Pepto-Bismol carries no warning not to use in cats; and the most egregious mistake is listing methylene blue as a reversal agent for Valium! Yep, it's listed in the 'antidotes and reversing agents' section, and of course doesn't carry a warning about how it kills cats. There is no mention of flumazenil so I don't know what was supposed to be listed as a reversal for benzodiazepines. The methylene blue is probably in there as an antidote for acetominophen toxicity though it has largely been supplanted by n-acetylcysteine b/c of safety issues.
Some omissions: imipenem/meropenem from antibiotics; fentanyl from opioids; atenolol and sotalol not listed as beta-blockers (these are the two most commonly used in cats & dogs); mexiletine and sotalol from anti-arrhythmics (the two most common used PO in dogs); fenbendazole is now an accepted treatment for Giardia (not listed as such); hydrochlorathiazide from diuretics; maropitant from anti-emetics; xylazine from emetics.
I would hesitate to trust the book now because I can see so many errors in the info I'm already familiar with--who knows how many mistakes are in the info I am not familiar with? The purpose of a reference book isn't, of course, to read and then have to verify the info independently; I just want to read it and trust it which I certainly can't do now (seriously, methylene blue??).
Now in 2013, I am graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Science and Conservation. I have not only interned at the wildlife hospital but worked as a zookeeper and currently a veterinary assistant for a large emergency hospital. I am currently enrolled in a vet tech program too! I am listing my credentials to show you how great this guide is. I'm no expert but the only criticism I have is that this guide is for BEGINNERS. After a year in the veterinary medicine field I definitely noticed how simplistic many of the terms were. So this is help you greatly when starting out but after you have some experience I still guarantee you will refer to it to refresh on the basics. I just referred to it the other day to "freshen up" on dental procedures. Which is something I do daily but everyone needs to refresh sometimes so they don't second guess themselves.