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Susan E. Little. Published by Elsevier, 2011, hardback, 1424 pages, Price £122.00, ISBN-13: 978-1-4377-0660-4

In this book, Susan Little, a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Feline Medicine, aims to fill the void in feline-oriented internal medicine textbooks. Whilst the text does not replace the more thorough (yet now significantly outdated) text by Sherding (The Cat: Diseases and Clinical Management), it is certainly a worthwhile addition to the repertoire of texts for clinicians interested in feline medicine. It is not as in-depth in its coverage of topics as other feline texts, such as JR August's Consultation in Feline Internal Medicine, but is a valuable broad overview of feline internal medicine for the general practitioner and covers a more broad range of topics.

A great benefit of the text is that it covers a number of topics including feline behaviour, nutrition, reproduction and community health in addition to the “standard” internal medicine topics which certainly adds to the value of the text. Chapters that are of particular use include those in the section “Fundamentals of feline practice” which cover topics such as establishing a feline-friendly practice, safe handling of feline patients, and feline-specific considerations for drug and fluid therapy. These same chapters would be of benefit for veterinary nurses/technicians interested in feline practice. The broad nature of topics covered in the text necessitates brief discussion, but this should not be of great concern to the general practitioner.

The internal medicine section of the book is divided broadly into body systems, with no standard format between chapters. Figures are generally in colour, with some chapters also containing boxes with recommended treatment options or additional reading recommendations. Unfortunately, the additional reading material may not be available to all, requiring a subscription to the relevant journal or purchasing of the individual article, but are valuable none the less for clinicians wishing to obtain further information. Sadly, newer diseases such as hippocampal necrosis and ureteral obstruction are described only briefly or not at all, and the management of many diseases is described in brief or broad terms only. To the credit of the authors, diagnostic flow charts and treatment algorithms are provided and easily understood. Feline dentistry, including local and regional anaesthesia and dental radiography, is particularly well covered in this section.

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In addition to the sections described above, chapters discussing the management of cats with multiple or chronic disease, and management of the senior cat are also included. These provide a useful overview of, in some cases, controversial topics.

Overall, the text is well written, with pertinent illustrations and text boxes highlighting key points. Those hoping for an “all inclusive” feline medicine text will be disappointed, but the value of the text for a general practitioner should not be overlooked.

Katherine Briscoe

Katherine is a Feline Medicine Specialist currently working at The Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney, Australia. She has always had a keen interest in feline medicine, and particularly enjoys the interactions with cat owners and cat lovers. In addition to feline medicine, Kath has a special interest in her two dogs - Charlie, a Papillion cross, and Eve, a cavoodle.