Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice
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Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

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The leading reference for the diagnosis and management of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base imbalances in small animals, Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice, 4th Edition provides cutting-edge, evidence-based guidelines to enhance your care of dogs and cats. Information is easy to find and easy to use, with comprehensive coverage including fluid and electrolyte physiology and pathophysiology and their clinical applications, as well as the newest advances in fluid therapy and a discussion of a new class of drugs called vaptans. Lead author Stephen DiBartola is a well-known speaker and the "go-to" expert in this field, and his team of contributors represents the most authoritative and respected clinicians and academicians in veterinary medicine.



Over 30 expert contributors represent the "cream of the crop" in small animal medicine, ensuring that this edition provides the most authoritative and evidence-based guidelines.
Scientific, evidence-based insights and advances integrate basic physiological principles into practice, covering patient evaluation, differential diagnosis, normal and abnormal clinical features and laboratory test results, approaches to therapy, technical aspects of therapy, patient monitoring, assessing risk, and prediction of outcomes for each disorder.
Hundreds of tables, algorithms, and schematic drawings demonstrate the best approaches to diagnosis and treatment, highlighting the most important points in an easy-access format.
Drug and dosage recommendations are included with treatment approaches in the Electrolyte Disorders section.
Clear formulas in the Fluid Therapy section make it easier to determine the state of dehydration, fluid choice, and administration rate and volume in both healthy and diseased patients.



Updated chapters cover the latest advances in fluid therapy in patient management, helping you understand and manage a wide range of potentially life-threatening metabolic disturbances.
Expanded Disorders of Sodium and Water chapter includes information on a new class of drugs called vaptans, vasopressin receptor antagonists that may soon improve the ability to manage patients with chronic hyponatremia.
Hundreds of new references cover the most up-to-date advances in fluid therapy, including renal failure and shock syndromes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1520 pages
  • 222 x 281 x 33.02mm | 1,973.13g
  • W B Saunders Co Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • Approx. 220 illustrations
  • 1437706541
  • 9781437706543
  • 183,446

Table of contents

Section I: Applied Physiology

1. Applied Physiology of Body Fluids in Dogs and Cats

2. Applied Renal Physiology

Section II: Electrolyte Disorders

3. Disorders of Sodium and Water: Hypernatremia and Hyponatremia

4. Disorders of Chloride: Hyperchloremia and Hypochloremia

5. Disorders of Potassium: Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia

6. Disorders of Calcium: Hypercalcemia and Hypocalcemia

7. Disorders of Phosphorus: Hypophosphatemia and Hyperphosphatemia

8. Disorders of Magnesium: Magnesium Deficit and Excess

Section III: Acid-Base Disorders

9. Introduction to Acid-Base Disorders

10. Metabolic Acid-Base Disorders

11. Respiratory Acid-Base Disorders

12. Mixed Acid-Base Disorders

13. Strong Ion Approach to Acid-Base Disorders

Section IV: Fluid Therapy

14. Introduction to Fluid Therapy

15. Technical Aspects of Fluid Therapy

16. Monitoring Fluid Therapy and Complications of Fluid Therapy

17. Perioperative Management of Fluid Therapy

18. Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances in Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Disease

19. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disturbances in Liver Disease

20. Fluid Therapy in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

21. Fluid and Diuretic Therapy in Heart Failure 22. Managing Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders in Renal Failure

23. Shock Syndromes

Section V: Special Therapy

24. Blood Transfusion and Blood Substitutes

25. Parenteral Nutrition

26. Enteral Nutrition

27. Fluid Therapy with Macromolecular Plasma Volume Expanders

28. Peritoneal Dialysis

29. Hemodialysis
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"Acid-base could be considered the Marmite of veterinary medicine; you either love it or hate it! This book cannot guarantee to convert you to a fan of acid-base and fluid balance, but it will certainly enlighten you. This is the fourth edition of what many consider to be the definitive work on fluid, electrolytes and acid-base disorders in dogs and cats; it is an invaluable reference book for clinicians...For those in possession of the third edition of the book, this fourth edition, on first presentation, appears remarkably similar. On closer inspection, the addition of more recent references to all chapters offers an added bonus that will cheer individuals with a specific interest in this field of veterinary medicine...This book will offer all practices something! Vet Record, June 2012

"DiBartola's fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorder in small animal practice has long been a vital resource for the small animal practitioner and the 4th edition affirms is position...this book is a valuable addition to the practitioner's library. It contains useful and accurate information, is generally well written and comprehensively covers a range of issues regarding fluid therapy and small animal medicine...the latest edition provides some additional information and clinical updates over the third edition. These include contemporary therapies such as vasopressin antagonists in conditions such as cardiac and liver failure." Australian Veterinary Journal, July 2012

"Fluid therapy is considered by many to be the major life-saving advance of the last century, and yet the majority of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses have a very limited understanding of the factors underlying its use....Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice has, for many years, been the gold standard textbook used to explain these concepts...the book provides a huge amount of in-depth information and will remain 'the bible' of textbooks on fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorders for small animal practice...For those who do not have access to one of the older editions and have more than a passing interest in fluid therapy, there is certainly sufficient information contained in this 4th edition to justify its purchase." Journal of Small Animal Practice, January 2013
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