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Product Details

  • Series: Prevention Pets
  • Paperback: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579543650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579543655
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It's every pet owner's nightmare: suddenly your four-legged friend isn't breathing. What to do? There is no 911 for pets, so it's up to you to save a life. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats is a straightforward guide that covers both major problems--CPR, heat stroke, and strangulation--and minor ones, such as swollen tails, ingrown nails, and flea allergies. Beginning with simple tests and explanations of general care issues like dehydration examinations and triage, this guide then moves on to an alphabetical listing of every possible situation, from arrow wounds to worms.

The individual sections are good for both general reading and instant assistance. Each one starts with a notice of when to call the vet--immediately, the same day, or as needed. It also lists what items from your pet's medicine chest will be needed, which may include anything from corn syrup to towels and panty hose. The information that follows this simple checklist is divided into "do this now," "special situations," "follow-up care," and "the best approach." Whenever necessary, simple sketches are included to help show proper technique, such as fashioning an instant muzzle from a pair of nylons, or how to cover a dog's head in case of an ear-flap injury. Relying frequently on common household items like antihistamines, turkey basters, Gatorade, and plastic wrap, this guide assumes most of us won't have special medical training or supplies and focuses on very specific and simple methods of helping your pet achieve the best possible care. Even more importantly, many suggestions are included on prevention of accidents--isn't it easier to get that window screen repaired than to rush your kitty to the vet after a bad fall?--Jill Lightner

From the Back Cover

The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats

Is there an animal doctor in the house?

Most likely, the answer is no. And when an accident or other emergency threatens your pet, every minute counts. Don't be unprepared! Open The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats and learn:

* Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR-- step-by-step!
* Which over-the-counter human medications can help-- or harm-- your dog or cat
* What to keep in your pet's medicine chest (many essential items are probably in your house already!)
* How to quickly pinpoint what's wrong with your pet, using the First-Aid Symptom Finder

Plus, you'll discover a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to more than 150 common-- and not-so-common-- injuries and conditions, including:

* Abscesses (page 60)
* Bites from Animals (page 90)
* Car Accidents (page 117)
* Choking (page 131)
* Gunshot Wounds (page 224)
* Heatstroke (page 237)
* Hot Spots (page 245)
* Jellyfish Stings (page 269)
* Poisoning (page 311)
* Snakebites (page 350)

Each at-a-glance entry tells you when to call the vet, which supplies or medications you'll need, what immediate action you should take, and what you should do as follow-up care.

By knowing what to do in an emergency and then acting quickly and confidently to take the proper steps, you could save your pet's life. The next time medical help is not quickly available, reach for The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. It's a pet owner's second best friend.

About the Author
Amy D. Shojai is the author of 12 books about dogs and cats. She lectures around the United States on pet-related topics and is frequently interviewed on national radio and TV. She lives with her husband and pets in Sherman, Texas.

More About the Author

Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 26 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK.

Amy empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her work appears in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on puppies.About.com and cats.About.com and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, and hosts the weekly "Pet Peeves" at PetLifeRadio.com and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at www.shojai.com and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at http://amyshojai.com

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book if you are a dog or cat owner.
C. Taylor
Like CPR buys time to save a humam life, this book buys time to save your pets life and also helps you from doing the wrong thing.
Ray D. Hoover
And it is very thorough, informative, and easy to understand.
Cami J. Dodds

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gina Bongiorni on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have had a wonderful dog for six years and have learned a lot along the way. I have learned more from this book than I learned in those six years. This book is so important for all pet owners. We need to be prepared to help our pets when they get minor illnesses or have serious medical problems. The book has more than 150 health care topics listed alphabetically. The book is quite easy to read, and by simply turning to a page you will know whether or not you need to call the vet immediately, later, or not at all.

The list of components necessary for a good first aid kit is helpful as well. Also, the book gives a chart of human medicines that can and cannot be used for dogs and cats along with correct dosage.

Even if you do not plan on reading the book all the way through, purchase it and tuck it away on a shelf, because you never know when you may need it!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Degtjarewsky on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Quick story: A few months ago I was driving and saw a dog running beside the road and when I was only a few feet from him, he was struck by a car. I rushed him to the vet hospital but sadly, he passed away. I went straight to the book store and picked up this book on pet first aid, learned about treating a pet who is going into shock and now keep an animal first aid kit,
blanket and copy of this book in the trunk of my car. This was the only book I could find that addressed the issue of helping an animal who is struck by a car. It is such important information and I was thankful to find it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ann Harrison on August 13, 2003
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Excellent book and good for quick reference. Has at home medicines that an animal can and cannot take. I would definately recommend this for any animal lover or owner.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Yasmine F. Galenorn on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ms. Shojai has done a wonderful job in this book--with everything the layperson needs to know when something goes wrong with their four-footed companion.
I've used this book several times and I'm happy to say it's been informative, easy to understand, and downright interesting. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dulaney on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book to better care for my adult and senior dogs. I love that the book not only focuses on First Aid but prevention as well as recommendations for when to call the vet. The injuries and illnesses section covers everything you can think of and provides lots of background information as well as treatment. My favorite feature is the recommended medicine chest as well as dosing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Riette van Beek on August 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Now *this* book is worth having, and giving, an buying! Easy languages, tells you whether it's really serious, or just "don't waste money on the vet just now". Help for the unsure and the sure, using household items, by experts! This book made me forget my previous lemon-purchase: one real gem out of two, could be worse :-).

I really recommend it for everybody who wants to give their cat normal everyday good care, without extravaganzas.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on July 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
There is so much useful information in just this one volume. What's more, there is a symptom finder, allowing a quick overview of possible causes of given symptoms among dogs and cats. There are two tables of poison hazards, including one which tells what human medications should never be given to cats (although veterinarians advise that no human medications should ever be given to animals without checking with them). The animal conditions that can be helped by first aid range from life-threatening situations to such usually-minor things as constipation in cats. There are many helpful diagrams. One of them shows how to make a homemade Elizabethan collar and another one shows how to restrain a seriously-injured animal for the trip to the vet.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
From the Foreword:
"THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow resource to guide you to quick and decisive action when your pet needs it most. In this book, you will find simple remedies for common injuries and ailments, and you will also find advanced methods of dealing with life-threatening problems. Most important, THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS will help you distinguish minor problems from major crises and assist you in deciding when to involve your veterinarian. The information has been thoroughly researched and contains up-to-the-minute instructions. The numerous illustrations will help guide you as you follow the directions for your pet's first-aid procedures....I think that, for caring pet owners, THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS is indispensable."
Shane Bateman, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, professor of emergency and critical care medicine, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
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