Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline

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This book is the latest edition of an American classic which is especially useful for people who have large numbers of cats or dogs, who breed cats or dogs, or who work in shelters, or run kennels or catteries. It is geared to vets, but because it is well-organised and clearly written, it is accessible to non-vets, including animal care students and veterinary nurses. Though the book is American, and US laws and professional structures differ somewhat from those in the UK, the basic medical information is just as relevant for the UK.

The great benefit of this book is that it can help you to make a rapid diagnosis. It's easy to find topics quickly, and then go into them in more depth. There is also a particularly useful appendix with information on tests, and on poisons and their antidotes. There is also information on drugs, including possible side-effects and how to avoid them. The book is pricey, but it's a fat book packed with information which can help save you money by helping you make the right decisions .