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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761154124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761154129
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The indispensable medical reference for every dog-owning household. Written by a veterinarian with a gift for presenting complex information in a lively, accessible way, this book covers everything from choosing the right puppy (or adopting the perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog. It thoroughly discusses more than 100 canine illnesses, and includes the most up-to-date information on pet food safety, "designer" dog breeds, homemade diets, vaccine protocols, obesity and heart disease, pet insurance, and more.

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?


About the Author

Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., had a ten-year career as a magazine writer and editor before becoming a veterinarian. A 1998 graduate of the highly regarded Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, she now lives and practices in northern New Jersey. This book originated with her "Ask the Vet" column for the acclaimed website Urbanhound.com.

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Customer Reviews

This is the second edition of this book that I have.
D. Kallel
I wanted to get something credible so when I repeat this information I sound like I know what I am talking about.
Starlet
Overall, I recommend this book for any dog owners library.
Mythadventures

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mythadventures on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz is an excellent resource for pet owners. The beginning covers basics of dog ownership and temperament testing. She gives guidelines for both puppies and older dogs. I'm familiar with the puppy temperament testing from other books, but was glad to see a section for older dogs. She also breaks down the common complaints to most breeds. It is more extensive than what I've seen on the web, and should help prepare owners for possibilities, although, some of the conditions I would think would be rather rare in well bred dogs. The majority of the book covers basic health problems and care. Set up in a question answer format Dr. Brevitz explains in laymen's terms the various medical conditions. The first of each chapter gives an outline of what would be a major emergency and what can wait. This section alone could probably save pet owners considerable money at emergency vet clinics. The last couple of chapters deal with poison control and first aid. I would have liked this section to be a bit more extensive. The basic are there, but in parts seems superficial. The illustrations are the weakness in this book. Actual pictures would give a better understanding than simple drawings. Overall, I recommend this book for any dog owners library.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By doglove on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
As soon as I got to the part where she insisted it is entirely inappropriate to feed a puppy homemade food, I was so thankful I had only borrowed this book and not paid money for it. Her reasoning is that there is simply no way an owner can provide their pup with the nutrients they need. Really? Feeding your pup a dry food full of preservatives and corn, and cooked to a freakin pulp is better than feeding them REAL MEAT, fresh bones, and high quality vegetables and grains other than corn and wheat? I would happily challenge any puppy being fed a commercial diet to have their physical exams/blood work compared to that of mine that are fed fresh foods, and I will not respect any vet who refuses to recognize how very little the AAFCO standards really mean...I am glad to have the support of many vets who do. Love how she even recommends refusing any other forms of food (even chew bones and treats) to a dog who refuses his commercial dog food. Yeah, if I was fed that processed crap I'd probably refuse it, too. To top it off, she admits that the most common causes of gas and digestive upset in dogs is the in-digestibility of foods like soybeans and corn...gee, has she checked the ingredients of the AAFCO foods she so highly supports?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Castillo on January 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I take off 1 star for the Kindle version. It has a ToC but not linked in "Go to". You have to go to the beginning and click forward 8 times to get to ToC and also some subject matter under ToC are not linked at all. So you have to go to the closest subject(with a working link) to what you intend to read and click forward to get there. I requested a refund for this and will just buy the hard copy.

It is a great book to have if you have dogs.
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Format: Paperback
Betsy Brevitz's 'Complete Healthy Dog Handbook' is a great resource for the pet owner.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Hudson on June 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book gives wrong information on Hip Dysplasia and Tapeworm and who knows what else. I found these errors in my skimming the book.
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.
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