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The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets) Paperback – March 7, 2001
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It's every pet owner's nightmare: suddenly your four-legged friend isn't breathing. What to do? There is no 911 for pets, so it's up to you to save a life. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats is a straightforward guide that covers both major problems--CPR, heat stroke, and strangulation--and minor ones, such as swollen tails, ingrown nails, and flea allergies. Beginning with simple tests and explanations of general care issues like dehydration examinations and triage, this guide then moves on to an alphabetical listing of every possible situation, from arrow wounds to worms.
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
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My vets office was recently bought out by a big box medical chain (VCA) and it sucks now. Before, my vet had a very small hometown feel to it.( I live in a big city) They took time with my pets and their rates were not crazy. VCA came in, fired all of the vets and most of the techs at my vet and it just isn't the same. Their bedside manner is lousy with my pets and the new vets just don't seem to care much. Their rates are insanely expensive as well. I refuse to get raked over the coals by these thieves. They know you love your pet and they take advantage of it. It's getting more expensive to own a cat than it is to own a damn Ferrari. VCA has basically destroyed most of the veterinary clinics in my area. They are pushing things to a point where it will be too expensive to give pets proper medical care. Either pets will abandoned at the shelters/outside more for being sick, or they will be euthanized because people don't have hundreds of dollars to pay for lab tests, x-rays and other diagnostic treatments and medicines.
Anyways, buy this book and save some money. I would also cross check things on the internet with reputable sites. When in doubt, go to the vet. Your pet is your best friend and his/her life is worth it.