- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Citadel (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806524367
- ISBN-13: 978-0806524368
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pills For Pets: The A to Z Guide to Drugs and Medications for Your Animal Companion Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Dr. Deb Eldredge is not only an award-winning writer and columnist on veterinary issues, but she is my friend and a fellow Belgian Tervuren owner/trainer/competitor. Deb works in an animal hospital outside Syracuse, NY and is a volunteer consultant for Canine Working Companions.
Her book, Pills for Pets, is truly an A to Z guide to drugs and medications for your animal companion, from dogs to horses, from iguanas to cats! This book was awarded the Muse Medallion for Best Health and Care Book for 2003.
Pills for Pets is a comprehensive, easy to use listing of prescription and over the counter drugs - including cautions, possible side effects, and drug/food interactions. Deb Eldredge makes it very clear that the information in her book is to allow pet owners to supplement their knowledge about veterinary care, not replace it.
Dr. Eldredge gives advice and cautions about homeopathic remedies, herbal treatments, vitamin and nutritional supplements; all of which are becoming very popular with pet owners. Her book also helps pet owners in choosing the right veterinarian and pet insurance. She also touches on emergency first aid and how to provide long-term nursing care for animals, as many of our pets are living longer.
Of interest to anyone who wanted to save money by buying medications and fad diets on the web, a must read is chapter 7 which makes you aware of the dangers of Internet purchases. Emphasis in Dr. Eldredge's book is that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Pills for Pets is an excellent resource and a "must have" for any pet owner!
"An extremely useful reference book that covers the ground. This is a book that pet owners want on their shelf when health questions arise."
Whether you own an iguana, dog, cat or horse this book arms you with the information you need to ensure that your pet is getting the best medical care possible. The book includes prescription and over-the-counter meds, homeopathic remedies, herbal treatments, and a guide to emergency care and first aid.
In this Pills for Pets, only half of the book is related to medications. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but let us be clear on that. The other half the book is on general health pet care such as insurance, your vet relationship, toxic plants, first aid, resources etc. It has a list of measurement equivalents and even medical abbreviations, which is a fresh approach.
As a human nurse of 23 years, I will say that the medical abbreviations are very helpful, but a few key ones are missing. One example is that dogs frequently (I know this because of my own) will have ac and pc written on their charts/prescriptions; ac is before meals and pc is after meals. Again, those are key and should be listed.
The question then becomes why is the title only about medications? Why isn't it better titled something like "Health Information for your Pets" or something more closely related to its actual content. I'm just curious to know the reason behind the title because only half of the book is actually about pills and medications. I'm not saying that the other information isn't helpful , it's just that had I bought this book and only this one, I think I may have felt cheated. Besides, all of that extra fluff can be found on the internet for free.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great for looking up what medicines your pets are taking and what it is for. I use it all the time. Love it!Published on March 16, 2014 by Donna Dziura
IT WAS A XMAS GIFT AND MY WIFE LOVED IT. THE BOOK LOOK LIKE NEW AND IS AN EXCELENT CHOICE FOR SOMEONE TRYING TO CARE FOR A PET WITHOUT A TRIP TO THE VET.Published on January 25, 2014 by DAN NORMAN
I used this as a referral for myself and my pet as well as the customers I had when I was petsittingPublished on January 15, 2013 by Amy E. Campbell
This is useful because it lists pills with common names and the dosages by weight of the pet. Cats & dogs are the main focus but birds, reptiles, etc are included. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Cheetah
"Pills for Pets" is a must-have for pet owners. The book is an excellent resource. I discuss the medications with my veternarian before giving them to my pets as I am careful with... Read morePublished on June 14, 2008 by Nina E. O'shaughnessy
Sometimes the vet does not have time to explain in detail the medications they are prescribing and sometimes you just for get to ask or think of someting after the fact. Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by Becky