The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms

The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms

The experts reveal how to interpret and understand your dog’s symptoms
and what steps to take to ensure its health.

This comprehensive and practical book is designed to assist dog owners in understanding their pets’ bodies and health based on signs and symptoms of disease, and in determining the most common medical problems that might cause particular symptoms.
        Adopting the “decision chart” format from popular symptom guides for human ailments, such as the American Medical Association’s Guide to Your Family’s Symptoms and Take Care of Yourself, five leading veterinarians have designed a user-friendly chart system that will guide a pet owner from noting the symptom and observing the dog’s behavior to understanding the associated signs of an illness, the possible conditions, and the best steps to take. Filled with more than two hundred charts in an easy-to-follow two-color format and medical drawings, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms is the indispensable reference for dog owners. It not only considers the problems of sick and injured pets, but also addresses the needs of healthy animals. It has all the information a dog owner needs:

¸  What a healthy dog should look like
¸  Flow charts to the 150 most common symptoms
¸  Training and behavior issues, such as housebreaking and aggression
¸  Emergency first aid, including how to apply bandages and create
        a makeshift muzzle
¸  A glossary of veterinary diagnostic tests and medical terms

        With this unique combination of medical information and advice, plus an innovative chart system, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms will enable pet owners to help their dogs live long, healthy, and happy lives.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quick answers to urgent questions, March 17, 2005
This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

Other veterinary guides to canine health are more comprehensive, but this one is perfect for those times when you need to know something right away. The chapters are organized broadly by symptom; within each chapter, charts enable you to quickly determine 1) the possible cause(s) of your dog’s problem and 2) if this is a condition that needs immediate or eventual vet care. The information is organized to help you narrow the field of possible conditions by evaluating associated symptoms. A previous reviewer has apparently tried to decrease the overall rating of this book by submitting their negative review repeatedly, an unfair practice in itself, but I think the reveiw itself is off base as well. Many conditions are described as non-urgent, and for those, useful home remedies are suggested. (The remedies I’ve tried work.) This book doesn’t offer in-depth information on canine illnesses or disorders, but it is very helpful as a first-aid, first-place-to-look resource. It’s possible that there are better guides out there–I haven’t read them all. But this is the best one I’ve seen for quickly answering the questions, What do my dog’s symptoms mean? and Do I need to see the vet?

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Must Haves!!, December 5, 2004
This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

This book is a great reference for any owner and is so easy to use. It has saved me a couple trips to the emergency animal centers in the middle of the night. It is written simply to help you know what you can handle and what is a true emergency to take to the vet. If your looking for a more indepth explanation to different diseases and illnesses this isn’t an encycolpedia of information, but if you want something that you can easily look up a symptom or multiple symptoms in chart form with a simple solution this is it! It is also wonderful that it tells you what breeds of dogs are prone to what problems to give you a better picture of what could be happening to your dog. Just last week my dog was sneezing very labored and constant and after 10 minutes he wouldn’t stop and you could clearly see he was starting to panic but I could see nothing was in his nose but he kept on. After 15 minutes we knew something was wrong he was pacing, and wouldn’t calm down and since it was 11:00pm we would have to drive a 1/2 hour to the emergency animal hospital so we had decide something quick. My husbend remembered this book and he looked it up and he had what was called reverse sneezing and it said to give him wet food. We did and he stopped sneezing almost immediately. Just this morning my friend called me to say her dog was lame and had a fever and asked me to look it up and see what this book had said about it. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful a book this is!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dog Symptoms, October 30, 2000
By 
J. Burns (El Toro, CA USA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms (Paperback)

This is a book every dog owner should have. It begins with a discussion of the healthy dog, including healthy behavior. Next normal “preventative maintenance” is discussed followed by chapters on injuries then diseases. The heart of the book identifies 180 typical symptoms and the significance of each. Recommendations for “what to do” accompany the symptoms, but, more often than not, the recommendation is to take the dog to a veterinarian.

The importance of this book is that reference to it should enable the dog owner to provide more complete descriptions of what symptoms exist. Simply put, the more one is aware of the various symptoms and how they interrelate the more one will be able to describe them to a veterinarian. Or, another way, if you don’t know what to look for you won’t see anything. UNLESS YOUR DOG CAN TALK YOU WILL HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM(S) FOR HIM/HER. It is axiomatic that the more relevant information you can provide a veterinarian, the better will be the diagnosis. Also included is a large section that discusses congenital problems one might expect in specific breeds. Forewarned is forearmed. The book is well written and easy to use. Charts make locating specific symptoms very easy. Veterinary/medical terminology is kept to a bare minimum.

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Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians

The world of veterinary medicine is changing. People are realizing that if alternative medicine is better for them, it’s better for their pets, too. Dogs are visiting acupuncturists, chiropractic doctors, and homeopaths. Still, many dog owners are unaware that such simple measures as changing their pet’s diet and using vitamins, herbs, and other natural cures can help prevent or heal ailments ranging from excessive scratching to depression to a host of serious diseases.

The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs is both an introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural healing methods, treatments, and foods now available for dogs. Author Martin Zucker offers advice from dozens of holistic practitioners and licensed veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights, and “prescriptions.” Here dog owners will find information on everything from nutritional supplements to massage therapy, as well as how these treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgical techniques.

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful:
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Good Intro to Natural Remedies for Dogs, June 24, 2000
This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

Martin Zucker has interviewed over thirty holistic vets for this book. They share which supplements, dietary changes, herbs, homeopathic remedies, or flower essences they have found to be effective for conditions ranging from arthritis and cancer to parasites and yeast infections. If you’ve been into natural rearing for a while, few of the suggestions will be new to you, but the book is nonetheless a nice resource.
In addition to the A-Z index of canine health problems and suggested natural remedies, there are brief chapters introducing various holistic therapies (herbs, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage techniques), plus chapters on vaccinations/titers and nutrition. However, while it’s great that the holistic vets interviewed for this book are advocating fresh food diets, the information presented in the chapter on homemade meals is not sufficient to enable anyone to prepare a balanced homemade diet for their dog(s). For properly balanced fresh food diet plans, check out books by Billinghurst, Volhard, or Pitcairn. I also have to disagree with the section on feeding bones — in my experience with natural dog rearing and as an animal nutrition consultant I have found that softer, raw bones such as chicken necks or backs that are consumed in their entirety are far safer than the big, hard beef bones recommended in the book.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
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Very informative yet easy to read and interpret, December 17, 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

I found this book when I was desperate to help my dog who was recently diagnosed with a heart murmur. This book has been an incredible resource for me. I love how all the information on recommended herbs, diets, etc. are backed up with a professional’s name and phone number (many times). I understand that there is a time for conventional medicine but I have always been inclined to go the “alternative or natural” way. After reading this book, I am extremely happy to say that my dog is doing incredible and has barely a trace of a heart murmur left. My vet even asked me what I had done between 6 month doctor visits for such drastic results. If anyone cares about their pet/best friend as I do, this book will hold the supreme honor on your bookshelf. Please share this information with others.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful:
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Where was this great book 10 years ago?, July 28, 2000
By 
Lynda Gagnon (Deerfield Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians (Paperback)

This wonderful book change my life and my new puppy’s life for the best. I’ve checked other documents on this subject before but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money to buy any of them. When I went to the store to look at the book, it was so clear and easy to read. I glanced at the chapter on allergies to compare what I had seen in other books and it was so complete. A whole chapter as opposed to a paragraph or a page in the others. It’s full of informations, products and phone numbers, where to find a holistic vet. in your area, etc. ect. Every pet owner in the world should read this book.

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