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The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century

“This book is an important contribution to improving the health, well-being and care of our closest animal companion, the dog . No one with a dog should be without this book.” –From the Foreword by Dr. Michael W. Fox

The Holistic Dog Book addresses your whole dog and all the ways you can bring a more natural approach to your dog’s care. Whether you’re interested in essential oils, homeopathy, natural diets, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage or emotionally satisfying training, you’ll find what you need to make well-informed decisions about what’s right for the both of you.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent book that covers all areas of having a healthy dog!, February 4, 2006
By 
Denise Bonds (Bay Area California) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century (Paperback)

I would consider this a very strong complimenting book to go with Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

This truly is a “Holistic” book, encompassing all areas of sharing your life with a dog. Denise Flaim delves into topics like nutrition, training, communication, vaccinations, allergies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, cancer and “finding the perfect vet” (to name a few). This book is also crammed pack full of herbal remedies and essential oil healing therapies. And at the same time, I find her writing style to be friendly and encouraging–not judgemental of the reader for picking one thing over another. And at the same time, encouraging the reader to find the “right balance” for you and your canine companion.

I do not plan to practice healing through herbal and essential oil therapies on my own, but I do plan to seek out a holistic vet who will offer me these options for treating conditions and ailments of our canine friend.

After a long and courageous fight, our Chihuahua finally went to eternal rest one week ago today. During his 13 years, he was consistently put on drugs like cortisone, prednisone and antibiotics to relieve him of symptoms like skin allergies, anal gland problems, nasal congestion, etc. All of which finally manifested into Inflammatory Brain Disease. I am finally realizing that I probably could have prevented most if not all this by providing a more nutritious diet. I believe in the philosophy that symptoms are just what we see on the surface of a more fundamental problem and by using drugs like these to provide temporary comfort does not always address the root cause.

I borrowed this book from my library, but now after reading it cover-to-cover, I will purchase a copy to go along with Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Between these two books, and a partner relationship with a good holistic vet, I am better prepared to make decisions about our companion’s health and happiness.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful:
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The Holistic Dog Book:Canine Care for the 21st Century, April 21, 2003
This review is from: The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century (Paperback)

Brilliantly done! Not since Dr. Pitcarin’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats has there been a more concise and comprehensive book on holistic health care for our companion animals. Page after page is written with enthusiasm and true understanding of what holistic health care is all about. Ms. Flaim’s book is very well researched and packed with valuable information from the nation’s leading experts. If you have never used holistic care or you have done so for years there is information in this book for you. The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century is a “must have” for your reference library.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
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great book!, August 25, 2007
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nic (los angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century (Paperback)

this is a great book for someone who is interested in alternative medicine, but knows little about it (like me). before I purchased this book I had purchased another book about cat & dog homeopathy that while very comprehensive, was not very easy to understand. this book however, very clearly and concisely explains the “who, what, when, where, and how” of not only homeopathy, but also alternatives including (but not limited to): herbology, aromatherapy, chinese medicine, accupuncture, etc. The book takes the approach of trying to convince someone slightly skeptical (again, like myself) of the merit and value of these therapies, and it does a very good job! in addtion to those topics it also covers nutrition and general health (lightly), and tackles everything with a good dose of common sense. very informative, and well written. highly recommended!

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The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions

The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions

Naturally, you want the best for your canine companion’s body, mind, and spirit. Ensure a lifetime of tail wags and dogged good health with THE COMPLETE HOLISTIC DOG BOOK. Animal healers Jan Allegretti and Katy Sommers discuss natural preventive health care, including early socialization, environmental safety, nutrition, and the application of alternative therapies and allopathic medicine. A thorough grounding in homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbal remedies provides practical techniques for treating hundreds of common canine illnesses, injuries, and health problems. Also covering the special needs of older dogs, THE COMPLETE HOLISTIC DOG BOOK is a compassionate reference for animal guardians and caregivers, at home as well as in a clinical setting.

  • Offers a unique, holistic approach that maintains the health of a dog’s entire body system, from puppyhood through the senior years.
  • With an easy-to-use, 80-page Materia Medica covering nutritional supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies.
  • Includes a guide to creating a holistic first-aid kit.
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    69 of 70 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Your Dog Needs This Book!, September 27, 2003
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    “tashidelek” (Chicago, Illinois United States) – See all my reviews

    This review is from: The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (Paperback)

    When I saw the word "complete" in the title, I thought the
    publisher was probably stretching the truth…but now that I’ve read it I think the title does not go far enough in describing it. This book covers alot more than health care. For instance, under caring for an older dog, the tips are practical, simple, and have nothing to do with medicine or illness. Simple things like buying the dog a softer bed. Life style changes that may not cure, as somethings cannot be, but can make your dog
    alot happier.

    Dog care books are usually either written by a vet, who takes the linear Western medicine approach, or a holistic practianer who never sees the need to darken a doctor’s office. This book is written in a partnership between a vet and a holistic person and the book shows the wisdom of both and suggests when and how to use either one or both of the approaches. Good common sense abounds. And always practical information. In a section on diabetes the authors list the dog breeds most likely to be susceptible. If you have one of these breeds it may make recognizing the signs easier. They do this for most of the diseases they discuss.

    And they discuss alot more. Prevention, diet, homeopathy, herbs, TCM. bodywork, alternative therapies and conventional medicine, and more. It’s a fat book packed with info.

    If you have a dog, you need this book….though in truth I think alot of what they say can be applied to any animal, including the human.

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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The one book I reference consistently, March 9, 2006
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    This review is from: The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (Paperback)

    I have a variety of books on health for dogs, which I reference often. I noticed lately, however, that I’ve gone to this book first over and over and often I don’t need to look at any of my other books. I usually cross reference material, but I’ve found valididated information from several other sources in this book so often that I save myself the trouble and just reference this book now.

    Rarely do I find a “the only book you’ll need” in any book, but this one definitely has it all, and the information is not extreme. The authors recognize balance, recognize that there are a variety of methods to attack a problem, and they present each method thoroughly and non-judgmentally.

    For example, if a dog is vomiting and has nausea, they first differentiate between acute and chronic. If acute, they first give information on nutritional support, then homeopathy, then herbs, then accupressure and finally other methods including flower essences and considering addressing the dog’s emotional state. If chronic, they are just as thorough but give other paths to follow in trying to treat the dog’s vomiting.

    In addition to concrete suggestions for treating many health problems, very clear and professionally drawn illustrations abound throughout the book. In the section for vomiting, one drawing shows the dog’s digestive tract and another the accupressure points for the digestive tract. When referring to the illustration in the text, the authors also reference corresponding charts and additional illustrations in another part of the book (and give page numbers!) that will further explain information regarding that particular illustration, such as finding the exact meridian point on the dog.

    The treatments the authors focus on in the book include diet, homeopathy, herbs, accupressure, acupuncture, TCM, bodywork, and energy medicine. The authors touch on a few other areas of therapy but they focus primarily on the topics just mentioned.

    I found the illustrations to be extremely valuable. They are peppered throughout the book showing parts of the dog that are relevant to the corresponding text. The illustrations aren’t too detailed; they have just enough to explain. They’re clear, concise, and easy to understand.

    Overall, this is the best comprehensive book on holistic dog care on my shelf. I’m gradually getting rid of the others because they don’t compare at all to the accurately named, “The Complete Holistic Dog Book.”

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    50 of 52 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Skeptic’s Reaction, November 10, 2003
    By 
    Janet Starr (Hailey, Idaho) – See all my reviews

    This review is from: The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (Paperback)

    I sat down with this book intending to go through it in a “first time kind of glance through” way and ended up reading it for four hours – non stop.

    I started with the homeopathy section which had an excellent discussion on how the remedies are made and used. I am a novice in this area of medicine but found the explanations clear, concise, and informative.

    I then turned to the puppy section – and found a wealth of valuable information on the importance of puppy socialization – how exposing my puppy to lots of different people, dogs and places, (after their vaccination series is complete, of course!), helps him learn manners, gives him confidence, and allows me the luxury and joy of taking him with me to many places without having to worry about his behavior. The book also discusses how to select a good and compassionate trainer.

    There is a section on “Letting Go” – always a difficult and painful part of sharing one’s life with an animal. I found the author’s advice personal and heartfelt.

    The chapters on new vaccination protocols and nutrition are informative and complete. Although the two authors recommend a homemade diet, they also tell the reader how to select a high quality commercial diet, as well.

    I appreciate the author’s balanced view and the fact that they explain the “why” of things – something which is often lacking in many books. Excellent.

    The book is loaded with helpful tables and graphs and personal stories. In addition, there are great photos of “Found Dogs” sprinkled throughout the book.

    It is obvious these two authors love their topic and want to improve the lives of puppies, dogs, and their people. I will recommend it highly.

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    Through a Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health & Behavior of Your Canine Companion

    Through a Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health & Behavior of Your Canine Companion

    You know that your dog’s hearing is very sensitive–so how do you create an environment of sound that suits your canine companion’s specific needs? Now psychoacoustic expert Joshua Leeds and veterinary neurologist Susan Wagner provide the answer with Through a Dog’s Ear: simple sound-based solutions to help your dog live a longer, happier, and healthier life. Using the latest science on how dogs hear and react to sound, Leeds and Wagner provide a treasury of fresh insight on the inner life of our best friends, including: * Sound ideas for nervous dogs: tips and tricks for making any house or apartment more comfortable for canines * How sensitive is your dog? The unique ways that different sizes, breeds, and individuals respond to sound * Turning sound into a tool to overcome separation anxiety, food aggression, thunderstorm panic, and other behavior challenges * 45-minute CD of music psychoacoustically designed for dogs For any reader who has wondered what’s really happening when their dog perks up his ears and cocks his head–or when he hides in the closet–Through a Dog’s Ear is an indispensable source of cutting-edge research, heartwarming stories, and practical advice. Leeds and Wagner pave the way for using sound to provide relief for Rottweilers, comfort for collies, and serenity for spaniels everywhere.

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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great CD!!!, March 5, 2008
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    I love this CD! And so do my dogs! Wow, its so great. Very relaxing music, so I can enjoy listening to it too. Within 20 minutes of putting this in, all three dogs – even the hyper puppy – are laying down and chilling (: And believe me that is a rare moment in a house with 3 dogs.

    What a great tool for problems like separation anxiety too. I can’t wait till they come out with more!

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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
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    Interesting book and great CD, April 1, 2008
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    Leslie (upstate, NY) – See all my reviews

    Since adopting a rescued dog with separation anxiety, I have come to know a lot of the canine soothing strategies and music. This book is filled with fascinating information about how both dogs and humans respond to the sound in our environment. The CD Through a Dog’s Ear is my favorite of the 10 or more canine soothing CDs I now own. Not only do the dogs seem to enjoy it, every person who has heard it has commented on how relaxing the music is. I rotate through my other canine soothing CDs, but this CD stays in the CD player all the time.

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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
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    Through a dog’s ears, April 8, 2008
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    Since we have been using this cd my dog’s are calm when we come home after a long 8-9 hours at work. In the past they were restless and tense waiting for us. They got into things and seemed lonely. Now they are peaceful and calm. They only start to get excited after we are home. This sure beats giving my one dog a doggie prosac to keep here calm to help her separation anxiety.. The trick is to put it continuous repeat all day.

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