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
    By 
    “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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