4th Edition

Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat

Edited By Michael Schaer, Frederic Gaschen, Stuart Walton Copyright 2023
    1098 Pages 1294 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    1098 Pages 1294 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The fourth edition of Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat remains the most extensively illustrated and practical small animal veterinary textbook on the market.

    It continues and expands on the revolutionary problem-based approach of the previous three editions, with more than 1,100 clinical color photographs, diagrams, and tables. The book is divided into five color-coded sections—General Approach, Diagnostic Techniques, Disease of Specific Organ Systems, Multisystemic Disorders, and Elements of Therapy. For this edition:

    • Case studies are integrated within the relevant chapters for ease of reference
    • The first section on common medical problems now includes abdominal distension, peripheral edema, proteinuria, regurgitation, and seizures
    • Chapters on thoracic and abdominal radiographs are now included in a unique new section on Diagnostic Techniques, encouraging an integrated learning approach
    • The third section contains detailed medical information covering most organ systems, with several chapters completely rewritten and others comprehensively updated to include additional text and images
    • Additional endoscopic, radiographic, CT, and MRI images are included alongside clinical photographs; very few veterinary textbooks have such a rich emphasis on photographs
    • Each section has a limited number of recommended updated references

    The practical information is presented with text, tables, and algorithms, while each chapter is arranged to provide the definition of each disorder, its clinical features, the differential diagnoses, the diagnostic methodology, and the treatment and prognosis. The formatting has been improved to make this textbook easy to read and comprehend. The busy veterinarian or student is thus provided with a readily available resource of important clinical information in a clear, brief manner.

    Written by board-certified experts, the topics are carefully selected to make this a valuable resource for veterinary students as well as for general practitioners and small animal interns.

    Mikey's Maxims by Michael Schaer


    1 Client Communication and Medical History

    Bobbi Conner

    2 Common Clinical Problems

    2.1 Abdominal distension

    Steven Holloway

    2.2 Cough

    Elizabeth Rozanski

    2.3 Diarrhea

    Frederic Gaschen

    2.4 Dyspnea

    Claire Sharp

    2.5 Dysuria

    Isabelle Cattin

    2.6 Epistaxis

    Samantha Wigglesworth & Amber Vitalo

    2.7 Fever of Unknown Origin

    Robert Armentano

    2.8 Icterus

    Julien Dandrieux

    2.9 Pallor

    Elisa Mazzaferro

    2.10 Peripheral edema

    Stuart Walton

    2.11 Pigmenturia

    Leo Londoño & Michael Schaer

    2.12 Polydipsia/Polyuria

    Michael Schaer

    2.13 Proteinuria

    Laura Rayhel & Mark Acierno

    2.14 Regurgitation

    Roman Husnik

    2.15 Seizures

    Gabriel Garcia

    2.16 Syncope, Episodic Weakness, Collapse

    Boyd Jones

    2.17 Vomiting

    Frederic Gaschen


    3 Approach to Thoracic Radiographs

    L. Abbi Granger

    4 Approach to Abdominal Radiographs

    L. Abbi Granger


    5 Diseases of the Oral Cavity and Teeth

    Brook Niemiec & Erin Ribka

    6 Respiratory Disorders - upper and lower

    Cécile Clercx

    7 Diseases of the Pleural Space

    Brad Case

    8 Cardiovascular Disorders

    Romain Pariaut & Carley Saelinger

    9 Digestive Diseases

    Frederic Gaschen

    10 Hepatobiliary Disease

    Andrea Johnston

    11 Pancreatic Disorders

    Frederic Gaschen

    12 Endocrine Diseases

    Michael Herrtage

    13 Uro-nephrology

    Mark Acierno

    14 Disorders of the Nervous System and Muscle

    Simon Platt

    15 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries

    Matthew Johnson, Mitchell Gillick and Steven Fox

    16 Hematologic Disorders

    Katie Boes, Julien Dandrieux and Claire Cannon

    17 Disorders of Hemostasis

    Alex Lynch

    18 Dermatologic Disorders

    Domenico Santoro and Amelia White

    19 Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases

    Ralph Hamor

    SECTION IV: Multisystemic Disorders

    20 Clinical Toxicology

    Tina Wismer

    21 Infectious Diseases

    21.1 Cats

    Sophie Keyte & Severine Tasker

    21.2 Dogs

    Stuart Walton

    22 Immunologic Disorders

    Michael Day

    SECTION V: Elements of Therapy

    23 Fluid Therapy

    Leo Londoño

    24 Pain Management

    Beatriz Monteiro & Brad Simon

    25 Nutrition of the Critically Ill Dog and Cat

    Justin Shmalberg

    26 Management of the Obese Dog and Cat

    Alex German


    Michael Schaer, Frederic Gaschen, Stuart Walton

    "I have a million books that I accumulated over the years and I’m giving most of them to our residents. However, I am keeping Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat. I found this to be, by far, the best clinical medicine book ever written."

    Kenneth J. Drobatz, DVM, MSCE, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


    Praise for previous editions

    “If you are looking to purchase a single medicine textbook for your practice bookshelf, Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat is certainly worth considering. This popular text is punctuated with helpful tables, charts and useful pictures to augment the text… It would certainly be a welcome additional to any veterinary surgery looking to update its practice library.”

    - Gerard McLauchlan, Veterinary Record

    "Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat is an exceptional stand-alone reference for veterinary students, interns, new graduates, and seasoned practitioners looking to brush up on the clinical approach to common health problems of dogs and cats. What sets this resource apart from others is its user-friendly organization; the nearly 2,000 photographs, diagrams, and tables are thoughtfully placed and carefully selected to complement the text... The authors’ approach is logical and revolutionizes the way that clinical medicine is reported by limiting the information presented to that which is necessary to guide clinicians through the process of developing diagnostic and treatment plans."

    -  Ryane E. Englar, DVM, DABVP, Midwestern University, Glendale, Ariz,  JAVMA Vol 250, No. 6, March 15, 2017

    "... an excellent addition to the reference library of any small animal veterinarian."

    "If a picture is worth a thousand words, this beautifully illustrated text is longer than it appears!... Overall, this is a brilliantly illustrated and clearly written text for anyone with an interest in small animal medicine."
    —Veterinary Record

    "The strength of this textbook remains its collection of images, ranging from photographs of clinical cases to radiographs, ultrasound, cytology, ophthalmology and surgical images to detailed diagrams of surgical approaches and techniques … It is an invaluable aid to students who might not otherwise be exposed to a clinical presentation."
    —Journal of Small Animal Practice