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Dogs, Diet, & Disease: An Owner's Guide to Diabetes Mellitus, Pancreatitis, Cushing's Disease, & More Paperback – February 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Pubns (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967225329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967225326
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Awarded: "Best Healthcare Book of 2001" -- Dog Writers Association of America

I love your book. Thanks for keeping it simple, and easy to understand. Worth every penny. -- Sue Placer, Lansing, Michigan, 2001

It is such a wonderful resource for anyone who has a pet with an illness. It explains everything! -- Debbie Jarrell West, SE Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, 2001

The evidence Levin offers is compelling, thought-provoking, and worth exploring. Our dogs are worth it. -- Dachshund Club of America newsetter, September, 2002

…a wealth of practical ideas: how and what to feed dogs as well as sound advice on traditional treatments... -- Albert J. Simpson DVM, February 2001

…in my experience, the only documented resource available to lay-persons in regards to dog nutrition and auto-immune diseases. -- Dee & the K9 Crew, Los Angeles, California, 2001

…thorough, clear, and well researched…an indispensable guide for anyone with a Cushinoid or diabetic dog. My vets are impressed! -- Elizabeth Knight, Cushinoid-dog owner, Portland, Oregon, 2001

About the Author

With a unique combination of personal and professional experiences, Caroline Levin has created an important resource book for dog owners. "Dogs, Diet, and Disease" examines some of the most serious digestive, metabolic, and autoimmune diseases diagnosed in dogs today.

Levin's experience in healthcare began as an ophthalmic registered nurse. After a decade of nursing, Levin left this field to manage an ophthalmic veterinary clinic. It was here that she realized the desperate need blind-dog owners had for educational material. Since then, she has written the first two works on this topic: "Living With Blind Dogs" and "Blind Dog Stories."

Periodically, Levin's readers contacted her with questions about canine diabetes. She realized that there was a need for educational material on this topic, too. Simultaneously, Levin lost her show-ring obedience dog to an autoimmune disease. These events compelled her to search for answers. She scrutinized the current literature and talked with dozens of dog owners, diabetes educators, and canine nutritionists. Levin drew on her own nursing background, as well. The result is this, Levin's third, and perhaps most important, book.

Caroline Levin is also an award-winning dog trainer. She has an in-depth understanding of canine behavior and the methods used to successfully train dogs. She shows her dogs in AKC obedience trials and the new sport of musical canine freestyle. Levin is frequently requested as a guest speaker and has written for a variety of publications.


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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By L. Scott Meade on September 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is by far the most comprehensive book for dog owners on the topics of Cushing's Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and Pancreatitis that I have ever seen! Ms. Levin's professional background as a Registered Nurse with experience in endocrinology has enabled her to explain the illnesses in clear detail, and to educate owners on how they can better care for their dogs at home. This book covers much more than any vet could during an office visit, in language that is compassionate, supportive, and helpful.
Her detailed discussion of various diet options, including commercial dog food, home-cooked, and fresh raw diets, displays her wealth of knowledge on the connection between diet and health. Her carefully worded and illustrated instructions on measuring blood glucose levels at home and giving insulin injections will help even the most nervous owner learn to care for a diabetic dog.
I wish this book had been available when my beloved Boston Terrier, Halley, was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease 5 years ago. But having read it now, I feel well-prepared to care for another dog with one of these illnesses, if the need should arise.
I hope that veterinarians will recognize the value of this book, even if they don't agree with everything Ms. Levin has to say (and some will not), and recommend it to their clients to enable dialog that will lead to better health care for chronically ill dogs.
I certainly recommend it to all dog owners, as a good reference for preventing illness as well as coping with illness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heike Reuffurth on November 3, 2006
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I am a veterinary assistant, but by no means an expert on diabetes in dogs. My heart sank when one of my dogs was diagnosed with diabetes with an initial glucose level of 570. I was shocked, since she was neither overweight, was on a high fiber diet, plenty of exercise and is a mutt. We were in good shape.

As soon as she was diagnosed with diabetes I purchased this book and have to say it was a God sent. It took away my fears of her not being able to live a normal , active, happy life. It is very reassuring to know that Caroline Levin is a registered nurse and most of all has had the experience of having had a dog with diabetes. She has done all the research for us with dogs with Diabetes, Panceatitis, Cushing's Disease etc.. This book is so comprehensive that it answered all of my questions.

My dog is happy and active and with a few lifestyle changes we are in good shape again.

Thank you Ms. Levin for sharing your knowledge and experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Missing on August 16, 2008
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Rather small and outdated for the price. The majority of the information in the book is nothing that you wouldn't find yourself just by searching on the Internet- for free. Sort of a disappointment really. I was so looking forward to receiving this book and then changing our dogs' diets but the diet plan in here is extremely vague. Look elsewhere for info if your dog has Cushings or SARDS.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Grundfest on July 22, 2006
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Having just been diagnosed this year with diabetes, my beloved Coco and I were struggling with the newness of our changed routine, diet, schedule etc. This book helped educate me and put it all in perspective and find the right program for Coco.

Understanding led to action which led to strength and control of our new situation. A must read for all canine diabetes families.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hanna on January 15, 2006
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My dog, Scout, was diagnosed with SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration) so I ordered this book along with "Living With Blind Dogs". That one helped with day-to-day issues, but "Dogs, Diet, and Disease" really helped with the health problems that came along with SARDS. We followed the author's suggestions for a more natural diet and lifestyle, and a few months later we did the lab tests recommended by the author and started hormone replacement therapy. What a difference it made! Scout's vision didn't change, but I have my old dog back. No more depression! A normal appetite! This is the only book to my knowledge that discusses SARDS, offers scientific research, and a plan of care for these dogs. My vet read it too. We're both big fans!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Braswell on March 9, 2007
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This book was exceptional in the help it provided with my newly sick dogs. I was able to find many ways to help them and me through this.
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I PURCHASED THIS BOOK BACK IN JULY' 2008. IT CAME IN SO HANDY IN HELPING ME DEAL WITH MY "SOUL MATE", LITTLE ALI, WHO HAD CUSHINGS... I AGREE WITH ALL THE FIVE STAR RATINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE WROTE REGARDING THIS BOOK.. I ENDED UP HAVING TO PUT MY LITTLE GUY TO SLEEP IN 2008... BUT NOW I HAVE A YORKEE WHO WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES, AND LET ME TELL YOU, THIS BOOK ONCE AGAIN IS MY GUIDENCE FOR TAKING CARE OF MY LITTLE GIRL, ISABELLA!! THANK-YOU CAROLINE D. LEVIN, THE WAY YOU WROTE THIS BOOK MADE IT VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND, DOGS, DIET, AND DISEASE. WANDA...R.I.
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Purchased this book back in 2001 when I had 1 dog with lymphoma and 1 dog with SARDS. Now have a dog with Cushings I can't tell you how helpful it is to have a book to keep on hand as a reference. Diet is very important to a dogs health. I can't say enough good things about this book.
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