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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised edition (March 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557045763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557045768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fox's step-by-step approach and impressive animal expertise will encourage even the most skeptical readers to give the method a try." —American Libraries

"Its chapter on diagnostic massage is one of the most important I've seen written for the layman." —The ASPCA Report

"This sensible, compassionate approach to petcare is a must for all animal lovers." —Booklist

About the Author

Dr. Michael W. Fox, well-known veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, reaches millions of readers through the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Animal Doctor" with United Features, and is the author of more than 40 books on animal-related issues, including The Healing Touch for Cats, The New Animal Doctor's Answer Book, and Love Is a Happy Cat.


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Michael W. Fox, a veterinarian and ethologist, was born and educated in England. He received his D.Sc. and Ph.D. from London University. He is the author of more than 30 books on animal behavior, training, and health. Contributors to this volume included many distinguished scientists who specialize in behavioral psychology, ecology, genetics, and animal and human sociology.

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It is also very easy to read and understand.
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I highly recommend this book to all dog owners, not just those with arthritic pets.
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I recommend this book to anyone is interested in pampering their canine friends.
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220 of 220 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Starr on November 27, 2004
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My beagle suffers from hip dysplasia and arthritis. The medication the vet prescribed helped, but my dog was still in a lot of pain. Out of desperation I decided to check out books on dog message and canine acupressure. The techniques outlined in this book worked miracles. My dog is now able to move with greater ease and with a lot less pain; in fact, at times he has the energy and stamina of a puppy again. I highly recommend this book for any one who can't sit back and watch a loved one suffer. It is a common sense, easy-to-understand approach to canine health.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By P. Horn on October 5, 2007
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This is a great book with wonderful massage therapy for dogs and it gets specific to the problems the dog is having. It is also very easy to read and understand. I have not read it all, but did read the parts I needed right away and it helped a lot. A dog who had not been walking for several weeks is now able to walk again. I won't say it is all due to the therapy, but it certainly did contribute a lot. Well worth having in your book collection if you own dogs.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Arndt on September 16, 2008
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THE PUP is 16.5 years old and has arthritis in her back legs. She is on MediCam and glucosamine, which help, but was still having problems walking. I ordered "Healing Hands for Dogs" and started daily massage therapy. The improvement in movement was evident within a week. I highly recommend this book to all dog owners, not just those with arthritic pets. Massaging has a calming effect on both owner and dog, and I noticed an improvement in my arthritic hands!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. oden on March 30, 2008
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I have learned how to massage or touch my dog in so many ways, which I didn't realize there was a right way or wrong. The information was so important to learn about touching her body and knowing the correct way of doing so. I'm so glad I ordered this book. And I know my dog is, too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bea Shalla on February 1, 2009
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I'm so glad I got this book, my dogs love it too.

I was thinking of getting the books on accupressure for dogs, but this one contains that informations, plus more. It has terrific tips on how to massage the animal, different kneading motions, my dogs were so relaxed after they get massaged, you can see they're so happy from it.

It's a great way to bond with your dog. This book also contains step by step ways to check on your dog, how to check for ailments, and what to look out for.

Very good buy! Highly recommended!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Morgan on March 13, 2010
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I purchased the Kindle version to help my year-old pup. He suffers from dysplasia in both hips as well as two knees that dislocate several times a day. Despite his pain, it's sometimes hard to keep him calm enough to introduce a massage. I suggest starting your massage regime while your dog is asleep at first. I found this helped a lot when we were new at it.

Pay attention to your dog's breathing. Mine will sigh or let out a big exhale which tells me he likes what I'm doing. We all need positive reinforcement!

We've only been at it a couple weeks so I can't advise on whether it is truly helping his pain. I do know that he appreciates the deep muscle massage around the hips, but he's still too tender to exert much pressure. Multiple massages a day is definitely worthwhile - at the very least one in the morning and one at night.

I think some of the massage gives him a burning sensation in the muscle because he sometimes tries to lick or nip himself in a particular spot I'm rubbing. When I see that, I give light vigorous rub to the area (I forget the term the author used for this in the book, but he mentions doing it toward the end). I find that it does help alleviate the burn or discomfort that he sometimes gets during his massage, but I do it a second time in the proper order.

This is definitely a bonding experience for you both.

Two things I wish: 1) I would have found better picture examples helpful in learning where I should be touching; and 2) As much as I LOVE my Kindle, I wish I had purchased the book itself. This is the first reference-type book I have gotten on my Kindle and I find myself having to refer back often (not too easy to do) and have made written notes for myself on what to do when and for how long.

Good luck to all your pups. I hope they are feeling better soon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Carpenter on May 24, 2013
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I'm not crazy about the author's writing style. He's a little wordy for me and I found myself skipping over things, because the first several chapters there's tons of details and he talks about himself a lot. That's fine for a biography, but what I was looking for was the something that when straight into how to apply massage to my dog. I don't think everyone is interested into an author's personal story of how or why they got "into it"....meaning their professional field. At least that is my perspective. It would have been fine had he contained it to one short chapter. I have small kids at home and can only squeeze time into reading before I turn out my own light.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a lady who hates vegetables on March 28, 2013
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The author, Dr. Fox, is a veterinarian who also studied to be a human masseuse. Note that while this does make him knowledgeable, it is not the same as being an actual, trained animal masseuse.

NOTE WELL, KINDLE USERS: the text of the book refers to charts on certain pages WITHOUT LINKS to the charts, and since his charts are NEITHER TITLED NOR NUMBERED, be prepared to get lost. ('Wait, he's talking about muscles... which of these darn pictures am I supposed to be looking at?!')

It's a dead giveaway when the author keeps referring back to "chapter 6". There is a good reason for it--it is pretty much the only chapter in the book that actually describes how to give your dog a massage. That's right folks, in a book with ELEVEN chapters, ONE of them actually describes how to give a massage. Even when presenting "diagnostic" and "therapeutic" variations of the basic massage, he pretty much just points you back to the basic massage, suggesting some slight variations.

Sadly, if that one chapter were user friendly, I may have even been able to overlook the massive waste of time I spent reading through the rest of the book. The actual descriptions of HOW to give a massage are vague at best. Where you should do what manipulation is apparently supposed to be intuitive. At one point--I kid you not--the book actually reads, "make searching, circular movements and the [acupressure] point will find you." No additional information is given on HOW we are supposed to know--for all I know, the point will make itself known to me by singing opera. I guess we're supposed to figure this (and much of the rest of the massage techniques) out on our own. Oh wait, didn't I just buy a book for help on that?
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