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Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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"A MUST for any dog owner!"
—The American Field
"Useful for any dog owner, indispensable for kennel owners?. Offers comprehensive, up-to-date, well-organized information on every phase of health care for dogs."
This easy-to-use, authoritative guide provides the information you need to care for your dog at all ages and stages, from pediatric to geriatric. This fully revised and updated Fourth Edition covers common canine problems and ailments in language you can understand. It includes current information on:
Treatments for cancer and kidney disease
Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives
Drugs and surgical techniques
Supplements and nutraceuticals
Arthritis medications and supplements
The canine senses
Possible organic causes of behavior problems
Breed predispositions for specific genetic conditions
Genetic testing for specific diseases
Cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs
From the Back Cover
The guide dog lovers have relied on for more than twenty-seven years, this handbook has been extensively revised to include the latest information on everything from canine healthcare to nutrition to holistic treatments. Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fourth Edition, is the definitive guide for every dog owner. It puts vital information at your fingertips, with:
An index of signs and symptoms to help you find information fast
Clearly written, step-by-step directions for handling common canine ailments and problems
A chapter on emergencies that explains what to do immediately for shock, broken bones, burns, dehydration, heat stroke, poisoning, insect stings and bites, wounds, and more
Hundreds of photos and drawings that illustrate what to look for and what to do to provide the best care for your dog
A glossary of terms
With this guide, you'll know when to rush your pet to the vet and when you can begin treatment at home. You'll communicate more effectively with your vet. You'll have the latest information on every aspect of your dog's medical care when you need it. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again.
Top Customer Reviews
The table of over-the-counter medications that are safe for your dog and the dosage is bookmarked in our house. Not just for what you can use, but also for what you should never use.
I equally recommend the companion book, Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, if you own a cat as we do.
I am here to share a recent experience with you to illustrate how crucial this book is for any dog owner!!
One of my dogs, a 5 year old, was gaining weight, changing in his demeanor and becoming lazy and passive. Just not himself for the last 6-9 months or so. He had his yearly exam and blood work done in Dec. Nothing remarkable, Vet noted his weight gain.
A few months back I noticed also that his tail fur appeared to be thinning. Nothing obvious like patches, etc, I chalked it up to his weight gain and thought to myself it just looks smaller due to his weight gain.
Over the past few weeks I had noted even further thinning of the tail fur and was now convinced that he was losing tail fur. So, I did a Google search on thinning tail fur, and through some forum threads and blogs, had narrowed it down to Cushings Syndrome or hypothyroidism.
I then pulled this book from the book shelf to learn about both. First checked Cushings...seemed far fetched, not real applicable.
Turned back one page and there was Hypothyroidism. It clearly and concisely gave me exactly what the symptoms are, what the vet would do to check it, and treatment.
Just what you would expect from a book of this sort...BUT...HERE is where the REAL story begins, read on dear reader. :)
So, reading the book, I was convinced my dog should be tested for hypothyroidism.
In the book, one of the possible precursors to HT (hypothyroidism) is a high cholesterol reading.Read more ›
This is a very comprehensive and informative "nose to tail guide" for your dog & covers just about everything you can think of; including: emergencies, parasites, infectious diseases, the skin & coat, the eyes, the ears, the mouth & throat, digestive system, respiratory system, ciculatory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, urinary system, sex & reproduction, pregnancy & whelping, pediatrics, tumors & cancers, geriatrics and medications along with other useful information & resources.
Nothing replaces having a good family veterinarian for your dog, but this book is a great guide to help you communicate better with your vet. Whatever concerns you may have with your dog, you will most likely be able to find a good baseline in this book. It's a great tool for helping figure out what might be the issue, give an idea of what type of treatments your dog may need & even give some helpful information on what you may be able to do prior to seeing the vet (or while waiting to get seen; if, of course, it's not a concern for an emergency visit).
Overall, the more informed you can be about your pet's health, the better off your dog is.Read more ›
That being said - this book saved my dog's life when he consumed rat poison because they did have a quick to find (thank you index) section on how to induce vomiting. I didn't have time to surf the internet. My dog had consumed over 20 pellets of fish flavored rat poison. I was able to get a huge amount out of his system within 10 minutes of his consuming it. I still had to take him to the vet where some residue was still found in his system, but it could have been much worse without this book and the fact that I had hydrogen peroxide on hand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of great information. Our daughter, 12 years, immediately started reading it cover to cover. Will be a great reference book.Published 2 months ago by Homeschooling Mom
This book has helped us keep our dog well. When he was in the basement he ate something we could not see. At one time there had been mouse poison in the area. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bunny's Girl
I love this book. It is relatively old for veterinary medicine, but some things don't change, like basic functions of dogs. The newer medications would not be in here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lovely Momma
Essential information for this dog owner. Use it quite often to answer my questions.Published 5 months ago by P. Anderson