"An engaging, compelling, and truly indispensable book . . . the perfect guide that will make a tremendous difference for dogs and for the people who love them." THE BARK magazine
"We finally have a book that makes sense of it all! With experience, warmth, wit, and candor, Dr. Nancy Kay provides an authentic, user-friendly guide for making all types of health care choices for your dog." Marty Becker, DVM, resident veterinarian on Good Morning America, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and cofounder of petconnection.com
"In previewing Speaking for Spot I found myself wishing that Dr. Kay’s book had been available when I was in practice, and read by the clients who chose me to be their pet’s veterinarian." John W. Albers, DVM, executive director, American Animal Hospital Association
"A guide for pet owners struggling to understand the world of veterinary care." Dog Fancy
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From the Back Cover
She admits motivation is the easy part, as most people really want to provide their dogs with the best health care. But making good medical decisions for your dog can be difficult and challenging.
As a dog lover you are confronted with health-care decision-making on many levels: Which veterinarian is the right one for me and my dog? Which vaccinations does my dog need? Is it time to get a second opinion? Where do I get one? How much is this going to cost? Is there a more economical option? Is this medication necessary? Is my dog ready to say goodbye? Am I ready to let him go?
And then there are the myriad symptoms your pup might experience the lumps and limps and sneezes and appetite changes that make you wonder:
Is that normal? Should I take my dog to the vet immediately? Should I wait and see if hes better tomorrow?
When dealing with these questions, you may feel alone and ill-prepared, desperate for a knowledgeable source to gently explain what your options really are, and how to determine which best serves the needs of your canine and human families. Luckily, youve come to the right place!
In Speaking for Spot, Dr. Kay provides an insiders guide to navigating the overwhelming, confusing, and expensive world of veterinary medicine with a warmth, candor, and humor cultivated over 20-plus years of working with canine patients and their human companions. She explains the vets point of view, and how to initiate and nurture a healthy relationship with a vet and her staff. She leads a guided tour through a modern veterinary land comprised of high-tech scanning devices, advanced surgery, physical rehabilitation, and morethe kinds of amazing medical procedures you expect to find in a human hospital, but may not have known were available for your four-legged friends.
Dr. Kay helps you come to grips with a cancer diagnosis, and explains the tough choices that are bound to follow. Plus, youll find an alphabetical listing of the most common symptoms experienced by dogs and the questions your vet is sure to ask when you report themnot to mention hundreds of prevalent diseases and related points you should be certain to clarify before leaving your vets office with a treatment plan in hand.
The result is everything you need to know in one fabulous, fully illustrated book. You will not find a more thorough, in-depth guide to ensuring high-quality treatment for your dog.