Reviewer: Michael J Adkesson, DVM, DACZM (Chicago Zoological Society)
Description: This seventh edition continues the tradition that has made this book the authoritative drug reference for the veterinary profession. This edition updates existing drug monographs and includes an additional 22 new drugs, including full information on pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, indications, safety, and dosing information for all species commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: This edition provides a needed update on information and dosages for existing products, as well as 22 new drugs. It covers nearly all approved veterinary products and an exhaustive number of nonapproved (human) drugs routinely used in veterinary medicine.
Audience: This edition remains the essential reference for veterinary drug information for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, pharmacists, and others engaged in the animal care profession. Written in an easy to follow format, the book provides quick highlights for basic information, while providing information and references for professionals seeking additional details on drug products. This edition retains appendixes for ophthalmic and dermatological products. Donald Plumb is the former director of pharmacy services and hospital director at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Center.
Features: The author continues to improve information retrieval and ease of use with each update, and this edition retains the dual color format from the last edition that helps in locating information. Each of the nearly 700 detailed drug monographs begins with a "prescriber highlights" section that addresses the typical product use and any key cautions or contraindications. It then provides sections addressing uses/indications, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, contraindications/precautions/warnings, adverse effects, reproductive/nursing safety, overdosage/acute toxicity, drug interactions, and laboratory considerations. Detailed dosage information for each drug is provided, focusing on dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and swine. Dosages for rabbits/rodents/small mammals, birds, and reptiles are provided when adequate references exist in the literature. Dosage information for zoo/exotic/wildlife species is sparse, with most monographs providing only references to other sources. Each monograph concludes with information on patient monitoring during use, client information, and specific information (chemistry/synonyms, storage/stability, compatibility/compounding) for available products (veterinary labeled and human labeled). References appear at the end of each monograph, a welcome change from early editions. Appendixes include information on nearly 200 additional ophthalmic and dermatological products in more of an overview format, but still at a level that is useful to the practicing veterinarian. The appendix on chemotherapy drug protocols has been removed from this edition after consultation with veterinary oncologists, since protocols change often and consultation with a veterinary oncologist is always safest. The therapeutic diet tables have also been removed, as this information also changes rapidly and is quickly out of date.
Assessment: 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.