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The veterinarians' guide to your dog's symptoms.
Hohenhaus, Anne E.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Villard, 1999.
Physical Description:
xv, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


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SF991 .V43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
SF991 .V43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF991 .V43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A team of veterinarians (and a professional pet writer) have produced two useful books to help pet owners recognize medical causes of problems with their dogs and cats and how to take appropriate steps. Both books are divided into three sections. The first covers the healthy dog/cat, with a chapter describing the animal's body and its parts and systems, a second chapter on keeping the pet healthy, and a third discussing the normal behavior of a cat/dog. The second section, on sick or injured dogs/cats, covers accidents and medical emergencies, contagious and infectious diseases, and the care of injured animals. Perhaps the most interesting section of each book is the third one, which is an index to 180 (dog) or 130 (cat) of the most common symptoms and how to interpret them. Useful charts give associated signs, the possible condition, and the action to take for each symptom. Though these books are not intended to take the place of a veterinarian, they will be very helpful in a pet owner's initial observations of something unusual with a pet, and, at the price, a terrific buy for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Most people would agree that it is difficult to recognize the signs of illness in our petsÄa problem compounded by their inability to communicate with us in our own language. The authors of these concise and affordable books are all veterinarians (save one) who believe that the easiest way to detect disease early in pets is to educate the owner about the animals' normal bodily functions and behavior. In each book, Part 1 covers the healthy body, with overviews of the senses and the cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, respiratory, and other systemsÄall presented in lay readers' terms. There are also sections on proper veterinary care, vaccinations, nutrition, grooming, and the importance of spaying/neutering procedures. In Part 2, the authors give insight into common accidents and medical emergencies (such as diarrhea, seizures, poisoning, and heat prostration), contagious and infectious diseases, and first aid care. A valuable and extensive index of signs and symbols is included along with appendixes covering household products that are poisonous, congenital defects and disorders, and medical terms and diseases mentioned in the text. Both titles are recommended for public libraries, although concerned pet owners will also want to keep a copy at home.ÄEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.