Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat

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This groundbreaking reference is the first and only comprehensive book to address the needs of older dogs and cats, providing the veterinary clinician, veterinary student, and animal health technician with health-related information that is clinically relevant and quickly retrievable in a simple format. It offers a complete and practical review of the causes, incidence, clinical features, diagnosis, and management of both common and uncommon problems associated with the aging process and acquired illness. Each chapter offers tips on the physical examination of that body system and provides quick-reference tables for guidance on diagnosis and treatment. Because of the increased health problems in aging dogs and cats and the ardent attachment of the pet owner, veterinarians need to know more about aging so they may delay or minimize the progressive deterioration of aging and improve the quality of life for geriatric dogs and cats.

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-The authors are generally well known, with Hoskins providing ten of the chapters across a broad range of medical topics. Strong emphasis is placed on using the information from the beginning of the consultation rather than trying to be solely a reference text once the diagnosis has been made. It is therefore most useful pre-emptively, in other words, as an educational tool. The main strength of this text will be realized when it is read cover to cover as a prologue to setting up or improving a senior pet examination program. Clearly, many general practices already have ongoing or occasional programs for seniors. These practices may benefit from formalizing the program by using a text such as this to serve as a guide. Practices that do not yet specifically target older pets may well be limiting both the health of their patients and viability of the practice. It is these clinics that have the most to gain from the book. The book is well written and easy to read. The information is accurate and useful for small animal practice.-- Australian Veterinary Journal, Vol. 83: No.4, April 2005

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