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Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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Praise for the previous edition:
"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 classic bestseller—expanded and updated
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.
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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.
Also in the book, it says the test for HT is the Total T4. If this comes back low, the results must be narrowed with an FT4, or there are other blood tests which can also more accurately detect the thyroid condition. The book details these.
My wife usually deals with the vet, so I asked my wife to call the vet and ask what the cholesterol reading was from his Dec blood work. Vet said it was normal, and asked why. Wife said "K is concerned about Fido, and wanted to know if it was high as a possible indicator of HT, concerned about his weight gain, his tail fur loss, etc"
Vet says "cholesterol has nothing to do with HT, don't know what book HE'S reading..."
Wife says "Well, he wants you to run a Total T4 immediately, when can we bring him in?"
We bring him in, blood is drawn
I receive voicemail from Vet 3 days later: "Hello, this is Dr Anonymous calling back about your dog Fido. Yes...and to let you know, uh...er that yes, we...the test is true...Fido does have hypothyroidism...this explains a lot about his weight gain an lethargy. I'm going to prescribe a treatment...he should lose that weight soon, his fur will come back full, and he will regain his energy, etc"
Umm...yeah.....that BOOK you asked about earlier...DOC...?? THIS is THAT book.
So, I know, long story...but I thought the irony of a Dr snarkily asking my wife what book *I* was reading from...and the days later fumbling over his words to leave the message that, basically...I was right, and he would begin treatment.
That feels great, but it's NOT about this guy's abilities as a vet, or me being right.
What it IS about is pointing out that, even with a health plan, and everything you all do for your dogs, at the end of the day, it is really up to YOU, their guardian, bestest friend, and the head of their forever family, to make sure they get the care they deserve.
I don't know why the vet missed it, or didn't diagnose it himself in Dec. I'm not casting judgment on him. I can only say that because.of the information in this amazing book, I was able to proceed with an appropriate course of action, in conjunction with my vet, to get my dog fixed.
Fido, in one month of treatment, has lost much of the weight he put on, his tail is filling back out, his eyes sparkle with youth again, and he is like a whole new dog again!
I use this book for all sorts of things big and small. The information is laid out perfectly, as you'd expect with a reference book of this nature. It is both very technical and easy to read. It is very well presented, and the indexes are very thorough and complete.
If you are hesitating on this book, don't! Your 4 legged buddies really depend on you, and this book really delivers both peace of mind for you, as we l as knowing when, and how, to act when needed. You can speak knowledgeably to your Vet on any issue with this book in your library.
Thanks for reading, I hope it was beneficial, particularly for those on the fence about buying this brilliant book.
1- this can be read cover to cover or else as needed. Pretty well indexed and cross referenced. I've read it both ways. Very helpful.
2- consult your vet before administering some of these meds, as some are known to be toxic to dogs in certain amounts! However it is a great rule.of thumb guide. There are also newer drugs not in it, like Apoquel.
3- my brother's dog saw 3 vets who all failed to diagnose him properly... just the chapter on skin helped me to say, "canine atopy." My brother came in to see my boss (a vet) and I only told her the dog had a pyoderma, but from all the other signs she said, "canine atopy!" (All previous vets insisted fleas, thyroid, mites... always tested negative...). This book did what 3 other vets failed to do, and said what 1 vet who has now successfully treated said dog said too! Helps a lot to be able to tell your vet in vet speak what I going on.
Highly recommended, and I also bought the cat version since this one was so helpful. I haven't gotten through that one yet but this is definitely a great reference for everything from emergencies and seemingly impossible to diagnose or treat problems, to managing general wellness and little oddities you may not want to pay 45 dollars for a vet to tell you it's just something small like give the dog some fish oil.
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.
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