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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.
Top customer reviews
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.