You can download Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice July 2012 Volume 42 Issue 4 Geriatrics by William D. Fortney free in pdf format.
Geriatric medicine is a major growth area in the veterinary profession. Advanced diagnostics and equipment, once reserved for universities and specialty referral centers, are currently accessible to these progressive primary care veterinarians. Those hospitals can now provide their older patients with the high-quality health care that even the “average” pet owner expects. Enhanced senior diets, improved dental care, pain management plans, safer preanesthetic protocols, new drugs, advanced surgery techniques, cancer chemotherapy protocol, drug-monitoring schedules, and the use of multimodal management strategies have changed the senior health care landscape.
This Geriatrics edition represents a “topic-based” approach to many of the age-related problems commonly seen in older dogs and cats. Each author was selected based on their expertise and ability to convey practical knowledge to the reader. Their efforts exceeded my expectations. But without Mr John Vassallo’s leadership, editorial genius, and patience with me, this issue would not have been possible. My sincere hope is that every veterinarian and veterinary technician reading this issue will share my enthusiasm and passion for older dogs and cats.