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BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice

Handbook / Manual

By: Nick Bexfield (Editor), Karla Lee (Editor)

300 pages, illustrations

British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Spiralbound | Jun 2014 | Edition: 2 | #216742 | ISBN-13: 9781905319671
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About this book

The BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to perform the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures commonly performed in small animal veterinary practice. In addition, routine clinical examination of the major body systems, and protocols for the management of selected emergencies, are described.

In addition to the actual technique, each procedure has information on indications and contraindications, equipment required, and potential complications, together with the editors' own hints and tips. Details of BSAVA Manuals where wider information can be found, such as interpretation of results, are given throughout.

All procedures have been reviewed and updated to ensure that this remains a truly useful resource for the veterinary team.

New for this edition:
- Edrophonium response test
- Gall bladder aspiration
- Gastric decontamination
- Local anaesthesia
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Separate section on system examinations
- Additional illustrations, many in full colour


List of Abbreviations

System examinations
Cardiorespiratory examination
Dermatological examination
Neurological examination
Ophthalmic examination
Orthopaedic examination

Procedures A to Z

Abdominocentesis; ACTH response test; Anaphylaxis – emergency treatment; Arthrocentesis; Aseptic preparation – (a) non-surgical procedures; Aseptic preparation – (b) surgical procedures

Barium contrast media; Barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract – (a) oesophagus; Barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract – (b) stomach and small intestine; Barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract – (c) large intestine; Blood pressure measurement – (a) direct; Blood pressure measurement – (b) indirect; Blood sampling – (a) arterial; Blood sampling – (b) venous; Blood smear preparation; Blood transfusion – (a) collection; Blood transfusion – (b) cross-matching; Blood transfusion – (c) typing; Blood transfusion – (d) giving; Bone biopsy -- needle core; Bone marrow aspiration; Bronchoalveolar lavage; Bronchoscopy; Buccal mucosal bleeding time

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Cast application; Cerebrospinal fluid sampling; Cerebrospinal fluid sampling -- (a) cerebellomedullary cistern; Cerebrospinal fluid sampling -- (b) lumbar cistern; Cystocentesis

Dexamethasone suppression test – low dose; Diagnostic peritoneal lavage

Edrophonium response test; Ehmer sling; Elbow luxation (lateral) – closed reduction; Electrocardiography; Endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract -- (a) upper tract; Endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract – (b) lower tract; Endotracheal wash

Fine needle aspiration

Gall bladder aspiration; Gastric decompression -- (a) orogastric intubation; Gastric decompression -- (b) percutaneous needle; Gastric decontamination; Gastrostomy tube placement – (a) endoscopic; Gastrostomy tube placement – (b) surgical

Haemagglutination test; Hip luxation – closed reduction

Intraosseous cannula placement; Intravenous catheter placement – (a) peripheral veins; Intravenous catheter placement – (b) jugular vein (modified Seldinger technique); Intravenous urography; Iodinated contrast media

Local anaesthesia -- nerve blocks


Nasal oxygen administration; Naso-oesophageal tube placement

Oesophagostomy tube placement; Otoscopy

Pericardiocentesis; Peritoneal dialysis; Platelet count; Prostatic wash

Retrograde urethrography/vaginourethrography; Rhinoscopy

Seizures -- emergency protocol; Skin biopsy -- punch biopsy; Soft padded bandage; Spica splint

Thoracocentesis -- needle; Thoracostomy tube placement -- (a) trocar tube; Thoracostomy tube placement -- (b) small-bore wire-guided; Tissue biopsy -- needle core; Tracheostomy; Transtracheal wash

Urethral catheterization – (a) male dog; Urethral catheterization – (b) bitch; Urethral catheterization – (c) tomcat; Urethral catheterization – (d) tomcat with a blocked urethra; Urethral catheterization – (e) queen; Urethral retrograde urohydropulsion in a male dog; Urinalysis

Velpeau sling

Water deprivation test; Whole blood clotting time


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