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Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Debra M. Eldredge DVM
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The classic bestseller—expanded and updated

The guide dog lovers have relied on for more than twenty-seven years, this handbook has been extensively revised to include the latest information on everything from canine healthcare to nutrition to holistic treatments. Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fourth Edition, is the definitive guide for every dog owner. It puts vital information at your fingertips, with:

  • An index of signs and symptoms to help you find information fast

  • Clearly written, step-by-step directions for handling common canine ailments and problems

  • A chapter on emergencies that explains what to do immediately for shock, broken bones, burns, dehydration, heat stroke, poisoning, insect stings and bites, wounds, and more

  • Hundreds of photos and drawings that illustrate what to look for and what to do to provide the best care for your dog

  • A glossary of terms

With this guide, you'll know when to rush your pet to the vet and when you can begin treatment at home. You'll communicate more effectively with your vet. You'll have the latest information on every aspect of your dog's medical care when you need it. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again.



Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Open the front cover and the first two pages you see contain the Index of Signs and Symptoms, from Abdomen (painful, swollen, distended, and tucked up) to Weight loss, Wheezing, and Whining (continual). There's a comprehensive index in back, of course, running the gamut from Abortion to Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis, which is all very useful, but when your pooch is in pain, it's great to be able to turn, with the minimum of folderol, to the page that says to relax, it's nothing a bit of extra grooming won't fix, or alternatively to hightail it over to the vet hospital. It's a wonderful reference for any dog owner, with chapters on emergencies (such as burns, dehydration, and poisoning), as well as worms, infectious diseases, skin care, and canine eyes, ears, and nose. There are chapters on the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems, the nervous, musculoskeletal, and urinary systems, plus dog sex, whelping, puppy pediatrics, geriatrics, and chapters on cancers and medications. In short, it covers every health dimension a dog owner might want to know more about, identifies the possible causes, helps you determine the severity of the condition, and indicates what treatments or actions to take to best insure your dog's good health. --Stephanie Gold

From the Inside Flap

Praise for the previous edition:

"A MUST for any dog owner!"
The American Field

"Useful for any dog owner, indispensable for kennel owners?. Offers comprehensive, up-to-date, well-organized information on every phase of health care for dogs."
Publishers Weekly

This easy-to-use, authoritative guide provides the information you need to care for your dog at all ages and stages, from pediatric to geriatric. This fully revised and updated Fourth Edition covers common canine problems and ailments in language you can understand. It includes current information on:

  • Treatments for cancer and kidney disease

  • Raw diets

  • Canine influenza

  • Vaccine protocols

  • Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives

  • Drugs and surgical techniques

  • Supplements and nutraceuticals

  • Arthritis medications and supplements

  • Holistic treatments

  • The canine senses

  • Possible organic causes of behavior problems

  • Breed predispositions for specific genetic conditions

  • Genetic testing for specific diseases

  • Cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs


Product Details

  • File Size: 10267 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; Fourth Edition edition (June 23, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UV3BZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No dog owning home should be without this book. February 17, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Since 1990, I've bought this book about 5-6 times. Each time I pass it on to another dog owner only to turn around and buy it again for myself. This book if full of great information. The first year I owned the first one, it paid for itself many times over in saved vet bills. You look up what's going on with your dog and pretty much know what to do with the minor stuff; yet the book is quick to tell you when to get your dog to a vet pronto.

The table of over-the-counter medications that are safe for your dog and the dosage is bookmarked in our house. Not just for what you can use, but also for what you should never use.

I equally recommend the companion book, Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, if you own a cat as we do.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Endorses dangerous dog food February 26, 2009
By Kairus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sure - this book has lots of useful information. But there is a big BUT.
The reason I give it only 2 stars is because the authors - 4 VETS no less!! - recommend Purina, Science Diet, Ekanuba and the likes as good food... HELLO?!?! These brands make anything BUT good and nutritious foods! These are full of corn, cheap fillers, by-products, toxic chemicals and floor-sweepings from China. It's as "healthy" as your Primary Care Physician suggesting that you make Big Mac and Twinkies your daily meal, wash it all down with a bucket of soda and enjoy a pack of Camels for dessert. Would that make any sense?!
I just can't understand why these (and many other) vets don't care that poor-quality food is seriously hurting the health and much too often shortening the lives of our pets? Could it be that they actually want our dogs to have food allergies, itching, upset stomach and cancer so that we keep their businesses busy and the endorsement dollars from the "big players" rolling in? In my opinion this is just irresponsible and shameful.

In addition to this book - if you care about the well-being of your four-legged family members - please also read "Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food." by Ann Martin and check out The Dog Food Project to find much healthier alternatives to Science Diet, Purina Pro-Plan, Beneful, Iams and the other brands that spend millions of dollars on advertising and not even a fraction of that for quality ingredients...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent to dogs should have this book December 22, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An earlier edition of this book (2nd) was my very first book, along with one on the Siberian Husky, of course (when I adopted my first sibe). The "Dog Owner's Home Veterninary Handbook 4th Ed" is an outstanding reference for all dog parents; whether you are using the holistic or traditional approach with their general care. The 2nd Edition (1992) I loved, and it got used and abused, since I refered to it many times. This 4th Edition (2007) has all the great useful resources as the 2nd, but with more up to date information.

This is a very comprehensive and informative "nose to tail guide" for your dog & covers just about everything you can think of; including: emergencies, parasites, infectious diseases, the skin & coat, the eyes, the ears, the mouth & throat, digestive system, respiratory system, ciculatory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, urinary system, sex & reproduction, pregnancy & whelping, pediatrics, tumors & cancers, geriatrics and medications along with other useful information & resources.

Nothing replaces having a good family veterinarian for your dog, but this book is a great guide to help you communicate better with your vet. Whatever concerns you may have with your dog, you will most likely be able to find a good baseline in this book. It's a great tool for helping figure out what might be the issue, give an idea of what type of treatments your dog may need & even give some helpful information on what you may be able to do prior to seeing the vet (or while waiting to get seen; if, of course, it's not a concern for an emergency visit).

Overall, the more informed you can be about your pet's health, the better off your dog is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a first aid book, but saved my dog's life December 26, 2008
Format:Hardcover
As a previous reviewer said - it isn't formatted as an emergency first aid book, but is a thorough at home manual for dog owners regarding dog health.

That being said - this book saved my dog's life when he consumed rat poison because they did have a quick to find (thank you index) section on how to induce vomiting. I didn't have time to surf the internet. My dog had consumed over 20 pellets of fish flavored rat poison. I was able to get a huge amount out of his system within 10 minutes of his consuming it. I still had to take him to the vet where some residue was still found in his system, but it could have been much worse without this book and the fact that I had hydrogen peroxide on hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book July 2, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book with the intent to put it on a shelf and keep it "just in case". What happened instead, though, was that I started reading the first few pages and got sucked in and read (briefly) the entire book. It's not really meant to be read that way, but it's so informative and so well written, that I just stayed interested. I now know a lot more about how dogs work, and I'm much less worried about dealing with potential issues that arise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Most valuable dog book on our shelf.
This revised edition is excellent. I can't begin to convey how helpful this has been to us in keeping our dogs healthy. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars DOG OWNERS home veterinary .HANDBOOK
Very handy book for everyday use handling any minor problems with my dogs. I have used it many times already. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ROSALIE FORD
2.0 out of 5 stars Good info, unfortunately pretty useless...
The book contains a wealth of information. Unfortunately more money was spent protecting the digital rights than making it a useable reference. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tsmirf
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone that has a dog should have this book!
I rescue dogs this book has answered many questions for me. I have a 3 year old Pointer the was dumped in the desert he is going blind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LInda Sparling
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book for dog owners, let me tell you why...
I have 4 rescued border collies of various ages and backgrounds, who like many of you, couldn't imagine life without them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this on hand
If you have one dog or several, this is a great reference book to keep on hand. It covers a wide variety of issues, problems and injuries a dog can get in to. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ClickTrainer
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
Every dog owner needs to own this book. Easy to read and look up any kind of problem. Tells you when to go to the vet and what you can do yourself.
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Bannerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info!
Bought this for my son and daughter-in-law as they have future plans to raise Aussies. My dear friend and neighbor recently gave me a copy and after using it with our new Yorkies,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patty Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars useful
So much of they info on the internet searches for dog symptoms are on blogs. This book helped validate my searches and made the conversation with the vet more in-depth and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book on Dog Health
This is an excellent book for anyone who cares for a dog. Great information easily organized so that you can find what you need when you need it.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Farish
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