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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 3rd edition (November 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876052014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876052013
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook For this 3rd Edition, Drs. Giffin and Carlson have started from scratch, with all new and updated material, including new photos and drawings. This is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, up-to-date dog care book available anywhere. This all-new edition of the popular classic contains important changes and new information about:
  • Flea prevention
  • Vaccine protocols
  • Cancer treatments
  • Genetics and the role it plays in disease
  • Diseases of the pancreas and liver
  • Canine dental care
  • Health problems of older dogs
  • Treatment of arthritis
  • Diagnostic tools and procedures
  • Puppy socialization and training

About the Author

James M. Giffin, M.D., has had life-long experience with dogs, cats and horses. He graduated from Amherst College and received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. In 1969 he established a Great Pyrenees kennel and became active in breeding, showing and judging. He finished several champions, campaigned a Best-in-Show winner, and served on the Board of Directors of the Great Pyrenees Club of America. He is co-author of the award-winning books The Complete Great Pyrenees, Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook and Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding (all from Howell Book House). Liisa D. Carlson, D.V.M., received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Veterinary Honor Society Phi Zeta. In 1988, Dr. Carlson returned to Springfield to join her father, Dr. Delbert Carlson, at the Carlson Pet Hospital. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southwestern Veterinary Medical Association, and a founding member of the Emergency Clinics of Southwest Missouri. Dr. Carlson contributed extensively to the Second Edition of the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook.

Customer Reviews

This book is chock full with useful, easy to understand information.
Abby in RI
It helps me to articulate my concerns to our vet when necessary and to calm my nerves when one of my pets presents with some symptom or ailment.
Lee Ryan Owens
Whether you are a long time dog owner or a novice, I highly recommend adding this book to your library.
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166 of 168 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been meaning to write a review for this book for quite awhile, but when I found myself turning to it (yet again) last week after receiving a difficult diagnosis for my beloved geriatric dog, I thought it was time to sit down and express my appreciation for this book.
I am not fond of reviews that insist I "must! " have this or that, so please forgive me if I sound strident in my insistence that this really "should! " be in the possession of everyone who has a dog to care for. Here lies information that can help you out of the trenches and decide when you should wake up your vet in the middle of the night, when to wait till morning, and when to try handling things yourself. This is also the place where I learned how to monitor my pets vitals so I can get an idea of what may be going on and to provide my vet with some of the information needed to hit the ground running. Out of the several pet care books I have (Pitcairn's being one of them) THIS is the book that I grab first and it's the one my neighbors come over to examine when thier dog seems "off" and the one my family calls and asks me to read parts of over the phone (I will share this book, but I won't loan it). I wish they'd all get thier own copy, but at least one of us has it on hand.
As someone who has four large, geriatric dogs I love dearly, I wouldn't be without this book. Plenty of other books are going to provide you with glossy color photos and generic information, but when you need information--real, solid stuff you can leave teethmarks in, this book is what you need. General care and functioning is covered very well, but this volume really shines when things seem serious, even scary and it fleshes out those pre- and post-vet questions like no other.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been an owner/breeder of wolves and wolfdogs for almost 20 years. Since many veterinarians will not examine or treat wolves, we who own them must learn how to treat them ourselves. This book has taught me more than all my other veterinary books combined. It has saved the lives of several of my animals, plus saved me 1000's of dollars in vet bills. I have bought several copies to share with friends and relatives, and for years I made my customers buy a copy before I would sell them a puppy! It is by far the best book in my vast collection of dog and wolf books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James A. Giffin on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Giffin has done it again with this updated version of his original best-seller. This book clearly explains the symptoms of canine illnesses in a user-friendly, understandable, and organized fashion. No other book compares in terms of its comprehensiveness, readibility, and authority. This book will make an excellent gift for anyone who has a dog.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sc B. McKinney on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Believe it or not I actually used this book the first day I received it. My huskie cut his foot and the first aid treatment was at my finger tips! The book contains symptoms, diagnosis and especially informs the owner when a vet visit or emergency visit is required. Every dog owner should have this book on hand for emergencies, symptoms and treatment to take appropriate action for the benefit and health of their beloved pet. The same as having a first aid book for the human side!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yeoh Siok Kee on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is an execellent reference. The chapters are well organised and set out ... making it very easy to read and use.
Its extremely comprehensive in scope - the book details numerous ailments & problems, ranging from allergies, common diseases, dietary & respiratory disorders, all kinds of parasitic infestation to home injuries and emergencies such as cuts, dehydration & poisoning; including cancers and tumours. The author goes though the possible causes of each ailment & condition and suggests remedies & solutions. While concise, the text particularises and sets out sufficient detail to satisfy all but the most demanding of readers ...
Reference to the book, after visiting the vet, is helping us understand better what our vet is saying and doing ... and this provides reassurance that we are doing our best for our dogs.
We also find the photographs (although a little distressing) to be of essential value. The photographs have been invaluable in teaching us how to recognise and identify physical symptoms ... The photographs also allows us to make quick & direct comparison between the condition we see in/on our pets with that described in the book & depicted in images ... this allows us to make some sort of assessment (albeit, untrained) on issue of severity and urgency.
All in all ... the book is good value.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stylin on May 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm a novice dog owner, my girl is my first dog ever and I did not grow up with dogs (in fact used to be terrified of them), so had no prior experience. In our first 2 years I used to take her to our vet for every cut, bout of diarehha, bout of vomitting etc. All I had to do is say "vet" and she could lead the way lol. Needless to say, not only were we our vets best customer, but I was going broke!
3 yrs ago I searched Amazon for "dog books" and bought this because of the recc. THANK U ALL REVIEWERS! This book has been a life and pocket saver. Any signs, symptons I'm unsure about I just use this book. I can think of at least 7 instances, where I've used the book instead of going to the Vet and the remedy has worked beautifully. Those instances would have worked out to a minimum of $280, not including medication. My dog can no longer lead you to her vet, as now our visits are only once a year for her annual check up - Thank goodness!
I don't know how many countless times I've impressed a fellow fur parent with a quick, simple home remedy to relieve an ailment. And I always end up recc this book. It has been an invaluable resource to me.
PS- I also switched my dog to a human grade dog food, which has improved her general health immensely.

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