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10 Common Sense & Preventive Care


This article is from the Publications about dogs FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

10 Common Sense & Preventive Care

McGinnis, Terri DVM. _The Well Dog Book_, Random House, 1996.
What's nice about this book is the way it helps you to
differentiate between emergency situations and those that can
wait until morning. There is an introductory section which
explains how to examine your dog when he/she is healthy so that
you will know when something is not right.

Miller, Harry. _The Common Sense Book of Puppy and Dog Care_. Bantam
Books, 3rd Rev Edition 1990.
This small book provides a surprising amount of useful
information. A little on the "lightweight" side, nevertheless,
it gives a good outline of what you should know about your
puppy or dog. You can use this to decide how much you do know
and where you need to brush up on what you don't. Besides
sections on how to select the right dog, it covers basic puppy
needs (housetraining, feeding, illnesses), basic training,
basic pet care, and a complete list of AKC breeds (each breed
illustrated with b/w drawing, thumbnail sketch included -- good
as an overview, but not very specific). Includes a section on
practical home care, listing major symptoms you should be alert
for, and listing general criteria by which you can determine a
dog's overall healthiness. Discusses major diseases and
problems, gives sketches on what may be wrong given certain
symptoms. Includes guides to nutrition, grooming, health care.
(Author is Emeritus Director, Gaines Dog Research Center.)

Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM/PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. _Complete
Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats_. Rodale Press, 1995.
This book is full of information about the physical and
emotional well-being of our pets, well documented, researched,
and invitingly written to get one involved and committed to a
complete, balanced approach to pet care. There is a large
portion devoted to nutrition, first defining the nutritional
needs of the pet (dogs/cats), breakdowns of proteins, carbos,
vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. - these by weight and
condition of pet (e.g., from small nursing puppy to senior
citizen with particular needs). Then they compare commercial
products (read the label!) with his variety of menus, additives
of powders & oils (always charted out by weight - easy to
follow); comparison is by nutritional content, cost factors,
and speed of preparation - to be honest, we all look for
convenience. There are also sections on Poisons, Disease, Being
Prepared for the Unexpected, Traveling.

Taylor, David. _You and Your Dog_. Random House, 1986.
This useful book is an overall guide to the health and care of
dogs. It includes a basic listing of dog breeks (AKC). This is
a good general purpose book that gives you an idea of what all
is involved in owning and caring for a dog. Taylor gives
flow-chart questions to consider when deciding if symptoms are
serious or not. An easily understandable format. Not as
comprehensive as other care books, but a good start in
understanding what you need to look for when your dog seems
off. Includes illustrations of many procedures, such as teeth
cleaning and nail trimming. Informative discussion of
reproductive system, grooming, and dog anatomy.

Tellington-Jones, Linda, with Sybil Taylor. _The Tellington Ttouch_.
Penguin USA, 1995.
Some of what Linda does is clearly helpful in dealing with
problem dogs and cats, but there are parts of her presentation
of her ideas that may turn people off because they seem to be a
little too far out of the mainstream. Good massage tips.

Volhard, Wendy and Kerry Brown. _The Holistic Guide for a Healthy
Dog_. Howell Book House, 1995.


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