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The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
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I would consider this a very strong complimenting book to go with Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

This truly is a "Holistic" book, encompassing all areas of sharing your life with a dog. Denise Flaim delves into topics like nutrition, training, communication, vaccinations, allergies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, cancer and "finding the perfect vet" (to name a few). This book is also crammed pack full of herbal remedies and essential oil healing therapies. And at the same time, I find her writing style to be friendly and encouraging--not judgemental of the reader for picking one thing over another. And at the same time, encouraging the reader to find the "right balance" for you and your canine companion.

I do not plan to practice healing through herbal and essential oil therapies on my own, but I do plan to seek out a holistic vet who will offer me these options for treating conditions and ailments of our canine friend.

After a long and courageous fight, our Chihuahua finally went to eternal rest one week ago today. During his 13 years, he was consistently put on drugs like cortisone, prednisone and antibiotics to relieve him of symptoms like skin allergies, anal gland problems, nasal congestion, etc. All of which finally manifested into Inflammatory Brain Disease. I am finally realizing that I probably could have prevented most if not all this by providing a more nutritious diet. I believe in the philosophy that symptoms are just what we see on the surface of a more fundamental problem and by using drugs like these to provide temporary comfort does not always address the root cause.

I borrowed this book from my library, but now after reading it cover-to-cover, I will purchase a copy to go along with Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Between these two books, and a partner relationship with a good holistic vet, I am better prepared to make decisions about our companion's health and happiness.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliantly done! Not since Dr. Pitcarin's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats has there been a more concise and comprehensive book on holistic health care for our companion animals. Page after page is written with enthusiasm and true understanding of what holistic health care is all about. Ms. Flaim's book is very well researched and packed with valuable information from the nation's leading experts. If you have never used holistic care or you have done so for years there is information in this book for you. The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century is a "must have" for your reference library.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2007
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this is a great book for someone who is interested in alternative medicine, but knows little about it (like me). before I purchased this book I had purchased another book about cat & dog homeopathy that while very comprehensive, was not very easy to understand. this book however, very clearly and concisely explains the "who, what, when, where, and how" of not only homeopathy, but also alternatives including (but not limited to): herbology, aromatherapy, chinese medicine, accupuncture, etc. The book takes the approach of trying to convince someone slightly skeptical (again, like myself) of the merit and value of these therapies, and it does a very good job! in addtion to those topics it also covers nutrition and general health (lightly), and tackles everything with a good dose of common sense. very informative, and well written. highly recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
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If you are interested in Holistic care for your dog, then this is a great first book, as an introduction. This pairs very well with "Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog" (Volhard & Brown).

If you are wanting more than general information and/or a more in depth understanding (in a given subject area of interest), then you'll need to look elsewhere. With all said, this is a perfect book to give someone who is very new to holistic care. It gives enough information for someone to decide whether they'd like to go further.

*this gives no real information on the home prepared cooking/feeding of a dog...you'll get better information with "Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog" (as mentioned above) and "Better Food for Dogs" (Bastin, Ashton & Nixon DVM).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I was pleasantly surprised about the content in this book and how well it was organized. One of my favorite chapters was the one with the cross-reference to a dog's body for massage and acupressure therapy points. The graphic was very detailed; the description of how to do massages for specific areas and what it would accomplish was very good. This was something I've never seen covered with such detail in other books about dog care.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Boy, now this is a detailed book. This covers every area of holistic care for your canine. I love that it covers aroma therapy, homeopathy and flower essences, in addition to others. These were the areas that I was most interested in. The information is very detailed, which I loved. It's so nice to have every area covered in one book instead of having to buy numerous books to find out information on various subjects. It also covers massage and TellingtonTouch which you'd usually have to buy individual books for information on these subjects. Preview the table of contents and you'll find what you're looking for. Very good book to have on hand.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2003
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Ms. Flaim gives you all the information that you would need to make an informed decision about holistic care for your dog. Holistic care does not replace Veterinary medicine, but can be a very valuable source of help, according to Ms. Flaim. Everyone who owns an animal should read "The Holistic Dog Book".
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2003
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NO ONE BOOK CAN CONTAIN THE SUM TOTAL OF KNOWLEDGE ON A PARTICULAR SUBJECT BUT THIS ONE COMES CLOSE. FROM IP6 TO ACCUPUNCTURE, TO HERBAL REMEDIES, IT COVERS IT ALL. WRITTEN IN CONCISE EASY TO UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE IT IS A TREMENDOUS RESOURSE, FOR THE PET OWNER CONCERNED WITH THE OVERMEDICATION OF HIS OR HER PETS. ALTERNATIVES TO WESTERN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE CAN BE AS VALID FOR OUR PETS, AS THEY CAN BE FOR OURSELVES. THE WRITER USES A VERY REASONED COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO PET HEALTH CARE. I, FOR ONE, AM LOOKING FOR THE AUTHOR'S SECOND & FOLLOWUP BOOK ON THE SUBJECT.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2003
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Comprehensive, very informative. I only wish there was a more complete section on Chakra points as relates to the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of medicine. I really appreciated the section on AK. Your money will be well spent, your companion well in health.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2003
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This is a wonderfully informative book filled with many options on health and training. It captures the reader with the use of natural, herbel and emotional management tools for your canine. It was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who owns a dog.
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