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UC Davis Book of Dogs : The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies Hardcover – September 15, 1995
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"An absolute must for all of us that care about and care for man's best friend." -- --Sherbyn W. Ostrich, VMD President, AVMA
"Two paws up for the UC Davis Book of Dogs!" -- --Diane Vasey, Editor in Chief, American Kennell Club Gazette
About the Author
Mordecai Siegal is the author of more than thirty pet books, including the best-selling Cornell Book of Cats, the UC Davis Book of Dogs, and the UC Davis Book of Horses. He has written monthly pet columns for House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, and the CFA Almanac. Mr. Siegal has had a caller-interview radio show, Vets and Pets, on WNYC. He is a founding member of the Cat Writers' Association and president emeritus of the Dog Writers' Association of America. Mr. Siegal resides in New York City.
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The book is broken into 10 different sections:
Getting a dog
Living with your dog
Canine body system and disorders
Infectious diseases and cancer
The appendices include zoonotic diseases, vaccinations, and diagnostic tests. The anatomy section includes color plates to help you keep everything straight, which was a nice touch. The language of the book straddles the line between layperson and someone with a scientific collegiate base (medical, biology, animal scientist, vet, etc). I don't think it is possible to get complete layperson terms when you are dealing with diseases and trying to accurately portray the illness or disorder. If there was something you didn't quite follow, the book generally refers you to a relevant section and the index or glossary is quite useful in that situation.
If you want more info on canine first aid, I would recommend The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets). If you are also a cat or horse owner, you may appreciate The Cornell Book of Cats: The Comprehensive and Authoritative Medical Reference for Every Cat and Kitten and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Book of Horses: A Complete Medical Reference Guide for Horses and Foals respectively.