How Healthy is Your Dog?
Knowing when to take your dog to the vet and when to let him "self-regulate" is a pretty tricky business - how
do you tell when he needs to see a professional?
After all, it's not as if you can rely on your dog to let you know.
Nobody likes forking out $80 for a needless visit to the vet, but then again no conscientious dog-owner can bear
to contemplate their dog's suffering, either! Frankly, it's a bit of a quandary.
I've owned dogs on and off my whole life, and this is still something that I've never been 100% comfortable
with: of course, I'd always rather be safe than sorry (a viewpoint which has resulted in many, many unnecessary
trips to the vet over the years, just to set my mind at rest) ... but I've also always wished for the kind of solid
grounding in canine medical basics which would enable me to confidently decide for myself when my dog needs to see
the vet - and when I can save both him and myself the hassle!
Stress-Free Dog Care
You can imagine the relief I felt when I happened across The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health (by Malcolm Fields -
dog-care professional) on the Internet. It was uncanny: this guide is exactly what I was looking for.
It's complete and detailed, covering all the common dog health problems (both serious and not)
that dogs suffer from; the overall focus is on being prepared and taking preventative action; it teaches you how to
accurately self-diagnose (with the assistance of step-by-step flowcharts which tell you whether he'll be fine by
himself, whether he needs to see the vet, and how urgently the vet should be seen); and, while it's packed with
knowledge and advice from veterinarians and trained dog-care specialists, it's easy on the eye and reader-friendly
... you can actually understand what they're trying to say!
In a nutshell, it's detailed (but not dauntingly so), comprehensive (covering all the common ailments and
illnesses), knowledgeable (while retaining a conversational, easy-to-understand tone) and it gives you the kind of
introduction to canine healthcare that'll allow you to take good care of your dog - without spending unnecessary
time and effort trying to absorb the jargon of a veterinary textbook!
What's Actually Covered?
The book deals with all the common problems and ailments suffered by dogs. It covers issues like toothache and
dental trouble, ear infections, skin rashes and chafing, eye irritations, worming issues in dogs, and lameness; chronic problems
like vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, asthma, breathing trouble, and liver problems; more severe issues like arthritis
and cancer; and symptomatic "alerts" like hair loss, lethargy, and behavioral changes.
On top of that, you also learn how to pick up early warning signs by identifying and accurately interpreting
your dog's body language; how to groom your dog quickly and effectively; how to take good care of your dog's teeth and gums; how to
administer medicine safely and easily; and how to recognize the early warning signs of health trouble through
behavioral and physical changes. All this information is fully supplemented by full-color diagrams, photographs,
My Favorite Part...
While it's great to learn about canine anatomy and medical problems, the thing that I wanted to know more than
anything else was: How can I tell how serious the problem is, and when do I need to take my dog to the vet?
So I was particularly happy to note the presence of the many and detailed symptom charts, which were designed
especially to help owners make solid decisions about their dog's health-care.
Each chart starts from the specific symptoms of a particular ailment (you just follow the "branches" of the
flowchart, depending on the symptoms that your dog has) and tells you the recommended path of treatment for each
one, as well as advising whether veterinary care should be sought - and if so, how urgently. Pure genius!
Something for Nothing...
In addition to the fully-illustrated, 240-page guide itself, you also get a handful of tempting freebies:
specifically, four bonus books.
There's "The Ultimate Guide to Dog First Aid", which is an incredibly useful resource for those situations
requiring an immediate response (including how to perform the canine Heimlich maneuver and doggie CPR);
"180 Gourmet Recipes for Your Dog", which really teaches you how to indulge your pooch's taste buds; "101 Ways
to Spoil Your Dog for Under $10", detailing all kinds of luxuries-on-a-budget and activities for you and your dog
to enjoy together; and "20 Super-Healthy Recipes for Your Dog? - which proves that doggie health-food is as
delicious as anything else! These books have a combined value of over $80 - not a bad freebie!
The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health: Summed Up
All in all, I couldn't be happier with this product. It's exactly what I was looking for - and even if I hadn't
spent the last decade or so wishing for a book just like it, I think I'd still snap it up in a second: it's that
This is an information resource that every responsible dog owner should have access to. Not only does it enable
you to make good decisions about the more serious health issues commonly suffered by dogs, but you learn a lot
about the minor, day-to-day ailments and afflictions that almost every dog will encounter from time to time, as
well as a host of useful facts on preventative care.
This comprehensive guide to dog health will help you to spot little problems before they become big ones: truly
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