Preface to the ninth edition

Welcome to Part A of the 9th edition of the , which covers those drugs used for cats and dogs. This significant change from previous editions has allowed the editors to provide more details and one or two important references for most of the entries. These references will allow readers to quickly identify suitable literature for further reading when required. Additional references are provided in the online version of the and we look forward to expanding this resource in the years ahead. The should never be used by veterinary surgeons and nurses as the only source of information when they are confronted with a medication with which they are unfamiliar. As well as the references, relevant textbooks such as the excellent series of manuals published by the BSAVA should also be consulted.

Many new drugs have been added and a few drugs have also been deleted whose use is either no longer appropriate or possible. As well as updating the monographs, a new section on the use of glucocorticoids has been added and the guidelines on antibacterials have been revised to align more closely with the PROTECT scheme. All readers are advised to consult the . Many of the drugs that are listed in this are not authorized for use in animals. Authorized products should be considered first for every patient. If drugs that are not authorized for veterinary use are going to be used when there is an alternative that is higher in the prescribing cascade then there should be a clear clinical justification made on an individual basis and recorded in the clinical notes or on the prescription.

Clients increasingly require more written information about drugs prescribed for their pets. Since the last edition many more have been written for non-authorized drugs and their availability is shown in the monographs as CIL. There are two additional CILs on ‘Antibacterials’ and ‘Steroids’ that provide generic advice on a large range of these commonly used drugs. Taken together with the information available on veterinary authorized drugs, this means that no client should leave a small animal practice without printed information on the drug that has been prescribed by their vet.

I would like to thank all the Editorial Panel members for their hard work on this edition. My gratitude also goes to the editorial team members at BSAVA for their editorial and administrative assistance. I am grateful to the many BSAVA members who took the time to comment on the previous editions and I welcome all comments on this new edition.


February 2017

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