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Dog Health Book Review: Hound Health Handbook

Updated on September 22, 2008

Book Review

It's always a good idea to have a dog health book on hand for the little mishaps that can occur to your dog, but it can be a pain picking out the right one so that you don't have three or four books to search through before you find the one you're actually looking for the specifics that you want. Well, here's a book that has a little bit of everything from puppy care, dog geriatrics, exercise, poisons, and more.

Anyway, you'll find my personal review and a few snippets from the text below, and if you think this is the book you're looking for, there's an Amazon button below that will take you directly to the product specs so that you can purchase a book.

Dog Health Care

Because our dogs are very important to us, it is important that we keep our dogs safe from as much harm as we can, but at the same time there is so much that our dogs can get into that you want to have something that you can use as a reference when you can't get in touch with your local vet or your emergency vet.

The "Hound Health Handbook" is a great book to use as a reference. I recommend it for anyone with a puppy, as there is a great chapter on puppies- caring and raising puppies, puppy health, and other puppy matters. If you are getting a new puppy or have recently brought home a new puppy, definitely purchase the book as you will learn a great bit about your puppy and have a good reference for your puppy's health as he ages.

But, please don't get me wrong the book is still great to have if you don't have a puppy, but an adult or senior dog. I've used my copy for quick reference material when I can't get in touch with a vet, and sadly the only dog I can call puppy isn't really a puppy, but a 14 month old.

The material is easy to read and is formatted on the page to be pleasing to the eye. Although, the book is in black and white, you'll find that the shading and occasional picture are all laid out nicely throughout the book.

Dr. Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., has outlined a great guide to use for simple matters that you won't need to consult a vet about if you know how to correct them at home. For example she gives you tips on de-skunking your dog, nail trimming, and other advice.

My favorite aspect of the book, is that Brevitz outlines the book in a sort of question/ answer format, which makes it easier to understand what is wrong and how to correct the situation.

This book is written in layman's terms and doesn't really throw out medical terms all over the place.

Snippets from the Text

  • Dogs can cool themselves only by panting, so they can easily become overheated in hot weather.
  • Every puppy should be vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper, infectious hepatitis, and rabies: the first three because they're widespread, highly contagious, and often fatal; and rabies because it's widespread, always fatal, and contagious to people as well as other animals.
  • You may know the qualities that you want in a dog, but how do you pick out those traits in a rambunctious litter of puppies, or a lineup of madly barking dogs at an animal shelter?
  • "Do dogs get glaucoma? What are the symptoms?"
  • With a hop, skip, or limp, you dog is telling you something- but what? That his back or leg hurts, that's what.
  • Numerous concoctions are reported to help remove the skunk smell from a dog's fur, but the most effective "active ingredient" is simply washing the dog many times, in whichever remedy you prefer, until the smell is tolerable.
  • "My six-month-old Shar-Pei lost his appetite and started limping on his hind legs. The vet took one look and said, 'Shar-Pei fever.' Can you tell me more about this disease and its prognosis?"
  • Like people, dogs can develop a seemingly infinite number of fears and phobias.
  • Many medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, have the potential to cause upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea in dogs, even at appropriate doses.


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