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Secrets of a Vet Tech: The Guide to Low Cost Pet Care when the Cupboard is Bare Paperback – October 6, 2012
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After nearly 20 years in animal care, including serving as an animal cruelty investigator and veterinary technician, she became known as The Pet Parent Professor. She now trains pet parents how to be active in their pet's care, be prepared for emergencies, and save money in the process.
Her second love is the study of ancient and modern religions and finding the commonalities rather than the differences. The first quarter of her life was spent teaching the fundamentalist doctrine of the Bible as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, and later pastor's wife.
She now focuses on helping others who have only found dogma and doctrine rather than joy and peace in their faith. Often very direct and raw in her approach, her prose and poetry bring one to a place of ultimate grace. She is a firm believer that social action and unconditional love is a natural result of true spiritual faith.
In addition to matters of faith, she also writes about living with agoraphobia and panic and issues of social justice, equality, and poverty.
After living in New Orleans and Southern California, she has returned to East Tennessee where she writes, teaches, and rescues.
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Farris provides a common-sense approach to taking care of your pets THE BEST YOU CAN. Sure, if we all could afford $30 for a 4-lb bag of organic pet food and didn't blink at spending $200-$300 per year (or more) on each pet that we care for, there would be no need for this book. Unfortunately, that isn't reality for most people.
I operate a rescue group in northern Alabama, and I currently care for 21 cats and 3 dogs. I already knew much of the information in this book, as rescue groups must be frugal by necessity due to the overwhelming numbers of animals they care for. However, I learned enough new information from this book to make my purchase price an absolute bargain. The book has detailed information, and a few photos and figures, to help determine the correct dosage for dewormers, flea medications, and other relevant topics that will help most pet owners save big bucks.
What Ms. Farris does NOT do in this book is slam the veterinarian community, which earns her kudos from me. She is the first to admit that not all pet care can be done cheaply and at home, and she lets you know of a few instances in which a trip to the vet is an absolute must. She also provides information about how to save money when you DO take your pet to the vet.
One of the best chapters was the one on euthanasia, which may sound a bit morbid. What made that chapter exceptional were the feelings she expressed, based on her own experiences.Read more ›
JC Farris gives all kinds of info in this book, this book goes beyond your "Basic" pet care books b/c it shows YOU
what you can do, and when to take your pet to the Vet's. Table of Contents includes but not limited too:
The #1 way to save tons of money on Vet Bills.
Lab tests I could do at home.
Pet Medicine chest.
Her appendix & links section is very thorough too. You too can do these things at home for your pets. From how to clip the nails--->vaccine protocol---->giving fluids to a sick cat or dog.
This can be done at home easily.
She has, "how to give a home physical exam", doing this on a regular basis you are more likely to notice any changes in your pets health &
determine if your pet needs Veterinary care.
This is a wonderful resource for all pet owners.
Also recommended for Pet owners: The Merck Veterinary Manual If on a budget get a older version. Older ones can be had for $4.00!
You can use it and look up on the ONLINE, the latest info Merck Veterinary manual Online.
Update: Just finished this fantastic book! As a ex Vet tech learned a thing or two!
This book is full of heart and soul, its not for everyone b/c some people can't "Go" there
as far as treating their pets, so they pay the big bucks to the Vets.
That's ok. But those of you who want to "Go there" you learn EXACTLY what we THE VET TECHS do in the Vet hospital. Do you think your Vet treats each and every animal? No he tells us what to do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great work! This author is down-to-earth! Easy to understand language with great advice! I will be coming back to this book often! Hope she comes out with some new work!Published 17 days ago by katie
Good for basic med info. Some cost saving measures are relative to location.Published 1 month ago by H. Parks
This book just blows my mind! I have a wonderful vet, and they deserve every bit of money they charge! Yet, if I can take care of something at home and cheaper, I'd rather do that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberly V.