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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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Product Details

  • 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 by Debra Eldredge, D.V.M.
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!
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This book is a really good reference to have around. When my dog's antibiotics were changed for an ongoing ear infection, I looked them up here to understand the change. In the index, you can look a drug up by either generic or brand name, which is really important for nonmedical people. There's also information on how to medicate your pet (easier said than done with a cat, in my experience) drug compounding, holistic practices, purchasing from online vet pharmacies, electrolytes, pet insurance, disaster planning, and first aid. Despite being written by a veterinarian, it's still easy to understand by a pet owner. Very helpful to have at home because I always have questions I think of on the way home from the vet.
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This book is a well written and clear guide for pet owners. The information is timely and thorough and covers a wide spectrum of topics beyond medication that every pet lover will appreciate. It's also a great help in resolving those questions of "is this serious (requires a trip to the vet) or should I wait a day and see if he gets better?" The author has packed a wealth of knowledge into a small package! I think this book should be sold in veterinarians' offices everywhere!
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Awarded by the Cat Writers Association of America, Pills for Pets was voted the best health and pet care book in 2003. This essential book for every pet owners shelf was called,
"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.
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I'm a human nurse and I must admit that when it comes to pet medication, I've no idea what is good and what isn't. Because I wanted all bases covered, I bought this book and The Pill Book Guide. I guess this will be a review/comparison of them both.

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.
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