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All’s Well
February 3, 2008, 8:21 pm
Filed under: :Books, :Veterinary Care


 When it comes to preventing illness and injury, you are your dog’s first line of defense. From understanding the essentials of daily care to avoiding the consequences of over-vaccination, All’s Well is filled with guidance for bolstering resistance, maintaining fitness and addressing emergencies.

Animal Health Technology
February 3, 2008, 8:20 pm
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Animal Health Technology
E.J. Catcott, DVM, PhD (Editor)
catalog# 7785491

Publisher: American Veterinary Publications

The primary purpose of this book is to serve as a basic teaching and reference text for veterinary technicians. An attempt has been made to provide broad coverage of the technicians’ many functions and thus supply a background of information for more advanced studies in special areas.

Complete Herbal Book for the Dog by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
February 3, 2008, 8:20 pm
Filed under: :Books, :Nutrition, :Veterinary Care


The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog
Juliette de Bairacli Levy
ISBN 0571161154
Publisher: Faber & Faber

This is the latest edition of Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s (a.k.a. the grandmother of the natural rearing movement) classic Herbal Handbook for the Dog. Juliette has been breeding, naturally rearing, showing, and traveling the world with her Champion Afghans since the 1930s. This book is dedicated to her Turkuman Afghan Hounds who “have never known disease.” As always, Juliette is opinionated, uncompromising, cantankerous, and a tad eccentric, but also full of wisdom and vast amounts of valuable info, and every one of her books makes a fascinating read. The first section of this book deals with nutrition (she emphasizes the importance of feeding a raw diet), breeding and natural rearing (no vaccines, insecticides, etc.) while the second part deals with herbal remedies for everything from mange to distemper. Of course most of her suggestions are out of synch with current veterinary advice, but many dogs are living proof that her methods work — extremely well. Our dogs have remained disease and parasite-free without vaccines, worming pills, insecticides, antibiotics, steroids, etc. The best protection we can give our beloved Wires is a strong immune system, and all of the above have the effect of weakening our animals’ immune systems. Even if you are not ready to go “all natural,” this book will make you question the conventional wisdom and hopefully encourage you to further research the many harmful practices (e.g., annual booster shots, combo vaccines, antibiotics and/or steroids for every minor infection, routine wormings, feeding of commercial convenience foods with highly questionable ingredients, etc.) we have learned to accept as both necessary and harmless.

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook
February 3, 2008, 8:17 pm
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Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook
by James M. Giffin and Liisa D. Carlson

Publisher: Howell Book House

Open the front cover and the first two pages you see contain the Index of Signs and Symptoms, from Abdomen (painful, swollen, distended, and tucked up) to Weight loss, Wheezing, and Whining (continual). There’s a comprehensive index in back, of course, running the gamut from Abortion to Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis, which is all very useful, but when your pooch is in pain, it’s great to be able to turn, with the minimum of folderol, to the page that says to relax, it’s nothing a bit of extra grooming won’t fix, or alternatively to hightail it over to the vet hospital. It’s a wonderful reference for any dog owner, with chapters on emergencies (such as burns, dehydration, and poisoning), as well as worms, infectious diseases, skin care, and canine eyes, ears, and nose. There are chapters on the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems, the nervous, musculoskeletal, and urinary systems, plus dog sex, whelping, puppy pediatrics, geriatrics, and chapters on cancers and medications. In short, it covers every health dimension a dog owner might want to know more about, identifies the possible causes, helps you determine the severity of the condition, and indicates what treatments or actions to take to best insure your dog’s good health.

How to Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids by James L. Busby DVM
February 3, 2008, 8:12 pm
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How To Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids - Front Cover

A book written by an OLD COUNTRY VET, Dr. James L. Busby DVM.
from his website…
You might be interested in my new pet care book How to Afford Veterinary Care without Mortgaging the Kids. I’m 68 and am still in very active practice, but am disgruntled over the way my profession is pricing routine (and often unjustified) procedures beyond the reach of middle- and lower-class pet owners. Many of these are not only unnecessary, but some even border on being unethical in my opinion.

Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline D. Levin RN
February 3, 2008, 8:04 pm
Filed under: :Books, :Training, :Veterinary Care

Living With Blind Dogs
by Caroline D. Levin RN
Publisher: Caroline Levin

An outstanding, comprehensive work that provides the educational tools necessary to help owners and their dogs adapt quickly to vision problems with minimal stress. Levin’s sections on how to train blind dogs leave no stone unturned. “Living With Blind Dogs” provides a giant ray of hope for blind-dog owners who until now have had few places to turn for assistance.

Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
February 3, 2008, 8:01 pm
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    Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
    Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
    ISBN 0875962432
    Publisher:Rodale Books

    A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet’s death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive “quick reference” section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats–treatments that should always be discussed with one’s vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn’s intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.