Chronic Disease Management for Small Animals. The goal of this first edition of Chronic Disease Management for Small Animals is to provide a textbook aimed at the management of chronic diseases in dogs and cats.
Chronic Disease Management for Small Animals
The format of the book is concise so veterinarians quickly can find answers to questions relating to chronic diseases. This book is not intended to be another internal medicine textbook, but rather serve to catch a reader’s attention and to educate regarding compassionate therapies for chronic diseases.
Virtually all a veterinarian’s professional education is focused on acquiring and assimilating knowledge to properly diagnose and cure diseases. With experience, we realize that a significant part of our day is devoted to managing chronic conditions, for which there is no cure. This reality can be a challenge not only for the veterinarian but also for the owner/caregiver. The steps required to make a correct diagnosis often require less financial and emotional commitment than long‐term therapy and management. Client education and “shared decision making” are critical components of successful therapy with the goal of improving both the patient’s and the client’s quality of life.
This book is aimed at both the recent graduate and seasoned practitioner. The recent graduate, with some level of comfort in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, soon discovers that chronic and incurable conditions often require a different approach than what was taught in veterinary school. For the seasoned practitioner who has achieved success in the management of chronic diseases, the benefit of the book is an up‐to‐date reference guide.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One on Communication and Care giving, is aimed at the impact chronic disease has on the quality of life for both the patient and the owner/caregiver. Part Two, which forms the bulk of the book, deals with chronic diseases outlining diagnostics, therapeutics, quality‐of‐life and end‐of‐life decisions. Part Three focuses on hospice care and end of life. It covers client and patient needs, quality of life, cultural sensitivities, dying naturally, euthanasia, and death.