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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480058327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480058323
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.C. Farris has been in the animal care field since the mid 1990's after obtaining a bachelors in Psychology. She has been an animal cruelty investigator, veterinary technician, professional pet sitter, animal rescuer, and certified euthanasia technician. She lives in East Tennessee with her "fur-family" and continues to rescue. She is working on her next book.

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JC Farris grew up in Appalachia, where she obtained her degree in psychology before expanding her view of the world and finding her true love of working with animals and their families.

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.




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Includes general and preventive care as well.
Michael Blizzard
It's informative, written in a form that is easy to understand, and I liked it very much.
b. bloomer
A must for pet owners who DO want take the best care of their dog/car, lizard, bird.
JoyDancer

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 1, 2013
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Many people in today's economy are giving up their pets because they believe that they can't take care of them properly. And yet, what is the definition of "taking care of" our pets properly?

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Blizzard on October 18, 2012
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Very well written with a poignant introduction, very informative, very common sense approach. This book is a must read, and can be used as an invaluable reference guide. It seems much research and experience have gone into this work. Includes general and preventive care as well. Using any one of these tips will more than cover the cost of purchase, and some info could actually save your pet's life. Highly recommend.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shelley K. on October 18, 2012
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"Secrets of a Vet Tech" is an honest, engaging, and thoroughly informative read! The author doesn't pretend that any of the approaches she sets forth are first-line veterinary protocol, only viable options when cost or other circumstances limit your choices. None of us is exempt from the slings and arrows of the current economic climate, and this book shows you how to care responsibly for the wee ones in the face of tight finances. Farris' common sense approach to pet care on a shoestring is long overdue. The information is easy for a novice to understand, and sources are well cited. Any one tip could easily recoup the cost of the book, which is a real bargain to start with. Thumbs up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JoyDancer on April 22, 2013
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There are lots of things you can do yourself and this is how I got into being a Vet Tech.
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.
Highly recommended.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Adams on February 15, 2013
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I've been a dog owner for most of my life. At 62, I've amassed a fair amount of practical knowledge. I was still paying expensive Vet bills for problems I knew weren't problems that required a Vet at all, but I just wasn't absolutely sure what to do. This book tells you! It also shows how to do some routine maintenance that you would take you dog to aVet. All in all I find it well worth the price of the book. In fact, I'm giving a copy to my dogs Dog Walker who is starting her own business!
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