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Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (Howell Reference Books) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Finding nutritional data for dogs can be a difficult business--and while much of the information in Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog is presented by anecdote, there's still plenty of worthwhile reading here. Aimed at dog owners that are already fairly committed to nonallopathic forms of health care for their pets, much of the book is based around author Wendy Volhard's Natural Diet. The Natural Diet is fairly labor intensive, as Volhard is the first to admit, but she provides page after page of testimonials that credit the diet with improved temperaments, better activity levels, and exemplary physical health. Each ingredient in this diet is discussed in depth, so owners not ready to take the step of providing a complete diet from scratch can still learn about potentially valuable supplements, as well as what ingredients to look for in a commercial diet.
Beyond the dietary information provided, there are several chapters that give solid explanations of different types of health care available, including homeopathy, kinesiology, and the five-element theory. For those who still prefer allopathic care for their dogs, the chapters that cover standard lab tests are extremely useful, finally giving a layman's guide for urinalysis, blood serum, liver function, and thyroid testing. A glossary defines various terms such as acidosis and hepatic, and each description is easily understandable, even by those with no medical background whatsoever. For puppy owners, the chapter discussing vaccinations is informative--Volhard questions the necessity of many we take for granted, and suggests several methods for lowering the required number for your pup.
Ultimately, the majority of this book is geared toward folks who are already committed to providing their pooches with alternative health care and homemade food. No matter how interesting the dietary concepts presented here, if you aren't already a true believer it's not likely that Volhard's anecdotes will provide you with enough statistical proof to completely overhaul your dog's way of life. --Jill Lightner
From the Back Cover
Holistic veterinary care remains one of the fastest-growing specialties in canine medicine. Like the original, the second edition of The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog includes all of the in-depth information readers need to evaluate their dogs' dietary and medical regimens in light of holistic alternatives, and provides them with a new way to look at canine health in general. However, this new edition is updated and revamped with more information on all things holistic for the new millennium. In this updated version of a dog care classic, readers learn more about:
- How to read commercial dog food labels and understand what they really mean
- The Natural Diet and how to prepare it
- Raising puppies and caring for older dogs
- What supplements are all about
- How to assess vaccinations and lab tests
- The Five-Element Theory of traditional Chinese medicine and much more.
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I am not saying that this book will do the same for you I am saying this book is a window into a dog and companies who make stuff for our dogs. I was shocked to see how misleading labels are even vets, for some vets its a money thing other vets are just doing what they may have learned. The important part here is you need a vet who will work WITH you. A vet who does not think their way is the only way. I did not find that with the vet who told me my little dog was going to die, she told me I was an unfit animal owner. This book gave me the confidence to try something new the resources were great, they held my hand along the way, I educated myself more and more then found others who are as I am trying to make the best life possible for our furry family members and I found a vet that worked WITH me.
I still have this book, I have given it to others who were lost and did not know what to do like I once was. When I read this book I read it with the attitude that my little dog is dying and I have nothing more to loose. I listened to my heart I knew that something was wrong I kept telling them something was wrong,I was told that its this or that but nothing FIXED the problem, they only put a band aid on it and charged me 200.00 dollars.
Buy the book read, then you can check up on what you read and actually confirm it. I made changes to my little dogs life and I have no looked back once, I only wish I knew this before I got her. In the picture is my little dog who is now 16 my learning gave me 11 years and counting.
What made me respect this book was that they offer traditional medicine causes and effects, tests and medications, treatments and solutions ... as well as holistic ones. So, both "sides" can get plenty out of it, and perhaps learn something from the beliefs of the "other side" too to get a much more balanced picture of what is going on with their dog.
It is not as simple as most of the consumer oriented books, but it is also not as complex as reading the veterinary medicine web sites. It definitely provides more detail than you may be accustomed to in a "pet health" book.
It provides a good base to research from so you can go look at traditional and alternative medicine web sites and know what the heck you're looking for.
If you don't care for the diet they recommend, or any other "holistic" parts, you can easily ignore them. It's a good reference book, and if you are the type who wants to be really involved in your dog's care and want to know more than what the vet told you, then get this book. You can find out what you need to know in order to ask the vet good questions and be able to insist on good answers (not just a quick answer, but one that means something to you).
I highly recommend this book whether you prefer traditional, holistic, or a blend of veterinary medicine styles.
Whatever you do, though, if you think your dog has a problem, find a darned good vet and go there now. If you feel uncomfortable or confused, or hope there are more options out there, get a second opinion from another primary vet, or ask for a referral to a specialist. Any good vet will gladly refer you to a specialist regardless of whether he thinks you really need one. You are your pet's only "human" voice. Be in charge and be responsible and don't give up until you have the information you need.
Nancy and John Morse