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The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions Paperback – August 25, 2003

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“The authors wrote this book the same way they care for animals: with patience and compassion.” —West Palm Beach Post

About the Author

KATY SOMMERS graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. Her small-animal hospital in Mendocino County, California, combines alternative therapies and conventional medicine with an emphasis on preventative care.
JAN ALLEGRETTI, D.Vet.Hom., holds a diploma in veterinary homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy, and has been a consultant in holistic animal health care since 1989. She is the author of numerous articles on animal care and welfare. Jan lives and works in Northern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587611449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587611445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is packed with information, but easy to understand and apply.
If you want to save a lot of money and try treating your dog's minor ailments, this is hte book for you.
A. Stuart
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for holistic dog book.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By "tashidelek" on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I saw the word "complete" in the title, I thought the
publisher was probably stretching the truth...but now that I've read it I think the title does not go far enough in describing it. This book covers alot more than health care. For instance, under caring for an older dog, the tips are practical, simple, and have nothing to do with medicine or illness. Simple things like buying the dog a softer bed. Life style changes that may not cure, as somethings cannot be, but can make your dog
alot happier.
Dog care books are usually either written by a vet, who takes the linear Western medicine approach, or a holistic practianer who never sees the need to darken a doctor's office. This book is written in a partnership between a vet and a holistic person and the book shows the wisdom of both and suggests when and how to use either one or both of the approaches. Good common sense abounds. And always practical information. In a section on diabetes the authors list the dog breeds most likely to be susceptible. If you have one of these breeds it may make recognizing the signs easier. They do this for most of the diseases they discuss.
And they discuss alot more. Prevention, diet, homeopathy, herbs, TCM. bodywork, alternative therapies and conventional medicine, and more. It's a fat book packed with info.
If you have a dog, you need this book....though in truth I think alot of what they say can be applied to any animal, including the human.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Janet Starr on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I sat down with this book intending to go through it in a "first time kind of glance through" way and ended up reading it for four hours - non stop.
I started with the homeopathy section which had an excellent discussion on how the remedies are made and used. I am a novice in this area of medicine but found the explanations clear, concise, and informative.
I then turned to the puppy section - and found a wealth of valuable information on the importance of puppy socialization - how exposing my puppy to lots of different people, dogs and places, (after their vaccination series is complete, of course!), helps him learn manners, gives him confidence, and allows me the luxury and joy of taking him with me to many places without having to worry about his behavior. The book also discusses how to select a good and compassionate trainer.
There is a section on "Letting Go" - always a difficult and painful part of sharing one's life with an animal. I found the author's advice personal and heartfelt.
The chapters on new vaccination protocols and nutrition are informative and complete. Although the two authors recommend a homemade diet, they also tell the reader how to select a high quality commercial diet, as well.
I appreciate the author's balanced view and the fact that they explain the "why" of things - something which is often lacking in many books. Excellent.
The book is loaded with helpful tables and graphs and personal stories. In addition, there are great photos of "Found Dogs" sprinkled throughout the book.
It is obvious these two authors love their topic and want to improve the lives of puppies, dogs, and their people. I will recommend it highly.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Star Tulip on March 9, 2006
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I have a variety of books on health for dogs, which I reference often. I noticed lately, however, that I've gone to this book first over and over and often I don't need to look at any of my other books. I usually cross reference material, but I've found valididated information from several other sources in this book so often that I save myself the trouble and just reference this book now.

Rarely do I find a "the only book you'll need" in any book, but this one definitely has it all, and the information is not extreme. The authors recognize balance, recognize that there are a variety of methods to attack a problem, and they present each method thoroughly and non-judgmentally.

For example, if a dog is vomiting and has nausea, they first differentiate between acute and chronic. If acute, they first give information on nutritional support, then homeopathy, then herbs, then accupressure and finally other methods including flower essences and considering addressing the dog's emotional state. If chronic, they are just as thorough but give other paths to follow in trying to treat the dog's vomiting.

In addition to concrete suggestions for treating many health problems, very clear and professionally drawn illustrations abound throughout the book. In the section for vomiting, one drawing shows the dog's digestive tract and another the accupressure points for the digestive tract. When referring to the illustration in the text, the authors also reference corresponding charts and additional illustrations in another part of the book (and give page numbers!) that will further explain information regarding that particular illustration, such as finding the exact meridian point on the dog.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. Cowles on November 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr Katy Sommers is my vet, yet when my Irish Wolfhound pup, Jessica, had problems with her diet, I took Katy's home-cooked-diet advice with a smile and continued to buy the top kibble. I was intimidated by the responsibility of balancing a diet for a giant breed!
As she grew, Jessie failed to thrive on kibble. By the time she was 10 months old, she was a walking skeleton and I added more "home cooked" to her diet with some success.
Then she had a medical crisis brought on by my feeding her fat trying to get her to gain weight. Dr Katy and I sat on the floor of her clinic late into the night, giving her morphine to help with the pain, and I had to make the decision to put her down or see her through her problems. When she recovered, I was convinced that I needed to switch over completely to a home-cooked diet.
Luckily, Katy's book came out the same week! Great timing, Katy!
I have several highly recommended books on Natural Health Care for dogs, but Jan & Katy's is the easiest for me to apply. It provides easy-to-follow instructions on food selection, preparation and balance. Using her guidelines I'm able to easily fix Jessie's meals as I fix my own - my diet's improving too!
I was also pleased to find thorough sections describing major illnesses, health problems and injuries, and appreciate Jan & Katy's common sense approach to herbs and alternative medicine.
Results? You Bet! I bought the book at the end of September; Jessie was 11 months old, 30" tall at the shoulder and weighed 74 pounds. A month later, Jessie has gained +25 pounds and is a strong vigorous dog. The change is phenomenal, and has convinced me that THIS is the way dog should eat!
Jessie agrees! Thanks Dr Katy, for being there for the Jessie's of the world!
Linda Cowles
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