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The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets) Paperback – March 7, 2001
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The individual sections are good for both general reading and instant assistance. Each one starts with a notice of when to call the vet--immediately, the same day, or as needed. It also lists what items from your pet's medicine chest will be needed, which may include anything from corn syrup to towels and panty hose. The information that follows this simple checklist is divided into "do this now," "special situations," "follow-up care," and "the best approach." Whenever necessary, simple sketches are included to help show proper technique, such as fashioning an instant muzzle from a pair of nylons, or how to cover a dog's head in case of an ear-flap injury. Relying frequently on common household items like antihistamines, turkey basters, Gatorade, and plastic wrap, this guide assumes most of us won't have special medical training or supplies and focuses on very specific and simple methods of helping your pet achieve the best possible care. Even more importantly, many suggestions are included on prevention of accidents--isn't it easier to get that window screen repaired than to rush your kitty to the vet after a bad fall?--Jill Lightner
From the Back Cover
The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats
Is there an animal doctor in the house?
Most likely, the answer is no. And when an accident or other emergency threatens your pet, every minute counts. Don't be unprepared! Open The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats and learn:
* Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR-- step-by-step!
* Which over-the-counter human medications can help-- or harm-- your dog or cat
* What to keep in your pet's medicine chest (many essential items are probably in your house already!)
* How to quickly pinpoint what's wrong with your pet, using the First-Aid Symptom Finder
Plus, you'll discover a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to more than 150 common-- and not-so-common-- injuries and conditions, including:
* Abscesses (page 60)
* Bites from Animals (page 90)
* Car Accidents (page 117)
* Choking (page 131)
* Gunshot Wounds (page 224)
* Heatstroke (page 237)
* Hot Spots (page 245)
* Jellyfish Stings (page 269)
* Poisoning (page 311)
* Snakebites (page 350)
Each at-a-glance entry tells you when to call the vet, which supplies or medications you'll need, what immediate action you should take, and what you should do as follow-up care.
By knowing what to do in an emergency and then acting quickly and confidently to take the proper steps, you could save your pet's life. The next time medical help is not quickly available, reach for The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. It's a pet owner's second best friend.
About the Author
Amy D. Shojai is the author of 12 books about dogs and cats. She lectures around the United States on pet-related topics and is frequently interviewed on national radio and TV. She lives with her husband and pets in Sherman, Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
The list of components necessary for a good first aid kit is helpful as well. Also, the book gives a chart of human medicines that can and cannot be used for dogs and cats along with correct dosage.
Even if you do not plan on reading the book all the way through, purchase it and tuck it away on a shelf, because you never know when you may need it!
blanket and copy of this book in the trunk of my car. This was the only book I could find that addressed the issue of helping an animal who is struck by a car. It is such important information and I was thankful to find it.
I've used this book several times and I'm happy to say it's been informative, easy to understand, and downright interesting. I highly recommend it.
I really recommend it for everybody who wants to give their cat normal everyday good care, without extravaganzas.
What do you do? Sure, you can google up an answer, but it's nice to have this book on hand for quick reference.
It is well written and you can actually just read it cover to cover. I learned a lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected at all it says it has recipes in there and all kinds of things but it's really reads more like medical bookPublished 8 hours ago by Sandee
Good book and very informative. Didn't know you can use aveeno on dogs.Published 1 month ago by bznessman
Undoubtedly one of the most informative and well laid out volume of this kind. Immediate need, to more intricate type of remedy . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy
Lots of information to digest. I bought this as a precaution found it surprisingly text heavy for the purpose of finding something quickly in a first aid emergency situation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kate Lake