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The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Paperback – April 16, 2009
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No subject is too small, complicated or embarrassing:
- My puppy’s teeth are falling out. What is wrong?
- Do dogs with heart disease need a special diet or exercise restrictions?
- Should I soak my dog’s cracked footpads?
- What can be done for a dog with hip dysplasia?
- Is a vegetarian diet healthy for dogs?
- My dog has terrible breath. Is there a treatment?
- I don’t like using pesticides. Is there a less toxic approach to flea control?
- My dog licks his paws constantly―why, and how can we get him to stop?
- Do some dogs get senile as they get older? What are the symptoms?
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It is divided into nineteen easy-to-use chapters where all the major dog care topics are discussed. General advice on dog care is provided - such as how to select a healthy puppy or deal with an aging dog or what kind of foods most dogs need - and specific medical problems are explained in an easy to comprehend style. The index is simple and easy to use: I looked up 'scooting' and quickly found the possible causes and treatment for my Aussie Terrier's latest behavior.
This is a reliable, clearly written, inclusive book that would fit well in all conscientious dog owners' libraries.
It is a great book to have if you have dogs.
First the easy one, Tapeworm. Dogs to NOT get tapeworm from flea bites. Tapeworm is the only worm that needs 2 hosts. The first host is the flea and the second of course is the dog. The dog has to eat the flea that is infected with a tapeworm in order to get tapeworm. It cannot be passed to other dogs. It is the only way to get a tapeworm. So when the dog feels the flea biting and starts to chew that area he can swallow a flea and the flea could be a host for the tapeworm. The tapeworm is the little white rice looking worm (actually segment of the worm) that you see in dog feces. It can be killed with over the counter wormers but they must state tapeworm on the box.
Before talking about the gross errors in the hip dysplasia you need to know more about how this book is constructed.
At the beginning of "Complete Healthy Dog Handbook" starting on page 20 is "Health Checklist for 130 Popular Breeds and 13 Designer Dogs" You will find in alphabetical order these 130 breeds and that breed's "significant health problems" that occur more often in the breed than in other breeds.
Now the Hip Dysplasia issue. Any info that I give you can be found on the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) website. The book makes several favorable comments about the OFA. In fact they give half of a page to explain who and what OFA is. OFA is the organization that reads and grades the x-rays done in adult dogs with potential hip dysplasia. It is the organization where this info is complied. They read other x-rays also on a wide variety of health issues.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though there is a plethora of info on the internet about dogs, it is great to have something on-hand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Reader from PA
This is a great book to have!!! Lot of important and useful information!Published 6 months ago by Jane MMc
This is a very good medical reference for a dog owner. It's written in simple, easy to understand language and covers a variety of subjects such as preventive care, nutrition,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin Littlejohn
Fabulous resource for keeping you furry friend happy and healthy. Also a good resource for all aspects of raising your pet from puppy to old age.Published 8 months ago by Joseph M. Liszak
My go to guide when I have a panic moment about my dog and I know petmd is not an option.Published 9 months ago by Deb
Excellent source of information. Everyone with a dog in their family needs this book. This has already made a difference in the quality of care we give our dogs.Published 10 months ago by chris