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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."
Publishers Weekly

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

  • Raw diets

  • Canine influenza

  • Vaccine protocols

  • Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives

  • Drugs and surgical techniques

  • Supplements and nutraceuticals

  • Arthritis medications and supplements

  • Holistic treatments

  • 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 4 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470067853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470067857
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1990, I've bought this book about 5-6 times. Each time I pass it on to another dog owner only to turn around and buy it again for myself. This book if full of great information. The first year I owned the first one, it paid for itself many times over in saved vet bills. You look up what's going on with your dog and pretty much know what to do with the minor stuff; yet the book is quick to tell you when to get your dog to a vet pronto.

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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I have 4 rescued border collies of various ages and backgrounds, who like many of you, couldn't imagine life without them. They are all on a health plan with a local vet, and receive the best of care and nutrition.

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.
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An earlier edition of this book (2nd) was my very first book, along with one on the Siberian Husky, of course (when I adopted my first sibe). The "Dog Owner's Home Veterninary Handbook 4th Ed" is an outstanding reference for all dog parents; whether you are using the holistic or traditional approach with their general care. The 2nd Edition (1992) I loved, and it got used and abused, since I refered to it many times. This 4th Edition (2007) has all the great useful resources as the 2nd, but with more up to date information.

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.
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As a previous reviewer said - it isn't formatted as an emergency first aid book, but is a thorough at home manual for dog owners regarding dog health.

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.
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This book is a necessity if you have a pup. If you have a dog suffering certain symptoms, this book clearly, quickly and thoroughly describes the actions to take: do you need a vet, or is a home remedy available? I have a new puppy and an adult Golden Retriever. The puppy--rescued from the pound--developed kennel cough which, at first I diagnosed as something else (which would have required a different treatment). This book described the sound of the cough, the frequency, the result and offered a quick home remedy to ease his discomfort until he could get to our vet (it was a holiday weekend). In summary, the peace of mind it gave me was priceless.
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