Dermatology for the Small Animal Practitioner
In This Book
Veterinary dermatology plays an important role in small animal practice. Skin problems are the most frequent presenting complaint in many practices but due to their often chronic nature may cause frustration for veterinarians, clients, and patients alike.
This book is a practical introduction to veterinary dermatology for the busy small animal practitioner. It will help you to diagnose and manage skin diseases seen every day in your practice and allow you to perform a solid workup in patients with rare or complicated skin diseases that may require further reading, referral to, or advice from a veterinary dermatologist.
Most of all, I hope it will allow you to enjoy your dermatology cases, provide good service, and improve the quality of life in your patients.
Because your opinions and concerns are important in making this book most useful for the small animal practitioner, I would appreciate it if you would mail or e-mail me any criticisms or suggestions for inclusion in future editions.
Ralf S. Mueller,
To my wife, partner, and best friend, Sonya Bettenay, whose continued love, support, and feedback has helped me tremendously over the years personally and professionally. Without her this book would not have been possible.
To my parents, Irmi and Sigi, who encouraged and supported me when I left Germany to learn more about veterinary dermatology and who years later looked after the children to give me time to write this book.
To my children, Anya and Florian, whose interest and persistence in learning are a constant source of amazement and inspiration to me.
To my mentors, Peter Ihrke and Tony Stannard, and to all the colleagues whose support allowed me to develop the knowledge and experience that I hope will make this book useful in small animal practice. Specific thanks to Drs. Carol Foil, Gail Kunkle, Kerrie Lay, Helen Power, David Robson, and Linda Vogelnest, and the editorial team with Cindy Roantree, Susan Hunsberger, and Ray Lukens for their input and to Drs. Sonya Bettenay, Peter Ihrke, Thierry Olivry, Wayne Rosenkrantz, and Michel Shipstone for providing some of the pictures.
About the Online Publication
Front Matter of Printed Book Version
Dermatology MES is a readily usable reference for veterinary dermatology. This title provides practical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of the skin diseases commonly seen in a practice. The organization consistently progresses from a detailed description of all diagnostic tests and procedures, to clinical evaluation of the test results, and presentation of treatment options. Leading questions are used throughout, to focus the user on important diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. All applicable drugs are discussed and dosages provided. This text features 115 four-color