Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook is the classic bestseller, expanded and updated.
The Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook has been a familiar title on my bookshelf for more than two decades. It’s the book I turn to, time and again, for definitive answers on canine health.
I’ve owned several editions of this book, always replacing my old one with the latest. But I have been surprised to learn that many dog breeders, and several of my journalist colleagues, have all three editions, going all the way back to 1980, because they just can’t bear to part with them. Go to a canine sporting event and ask the exhibitors which health book they turn to most often. Chances are, it will be this one. Type in the title on any Internet search engine and you will see hundreds of web sites that recommend it.
This is an old book with a long legacy, but also a new one with some exciting additions. You’ll find the latest information here on vaccine protocols; flea, tick, and heartworm preventives; raw diets; arthritis medications and supplements; treatments for cancer and kidney disease; and treatments for cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs. New drugs and surgical techniques are explained, and the latest information on how to prevent bloat is detailed. Canine influenza, one of the newest diseases of dogs, is covered. You’ll also find the latest information on what we know about the canine senses, and possible organic causes of behavior problems such as aggression and compulsive behaviors.
When the third edition was published in 2000, therapies using supplements, nutraceuticals, and holistic modalities such as acupuncture were largely untested. Now, for illnesses where holistic treatments have proven to be beneficial, they are listed under the Treatments section.
Another new development is that scientists have described the canine genome. The result is a wealth of information on breed dispositions for certain genetic conditions, and on genetic testing for certain diseases—all of which is discussed in this edition.
According to a 2006 study by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the top ten canine medical conditions for which their policy holders filed claims were:
1. Skin allergies
2. Ear infections
3. Stomach upsets
4. Bladder infections
5. Benign tumors
8. Eye infections
9. Enteritis (diarrhea)
You will also find all of those common canine health problems here— covered completely and comprehensively. And, whatever troubles your dog, you will find it described clearly and have a variety of treatment options to discuss with your veterinarian.
As an editor, it’s always an honor to work on a book that is already a classic in its field and will continue to be one. I also had the pleasure of working on the third edition with Dr. James Giffin. Because 1 was involved, I tend to look at that edition very critically. I have spent seven years wishing there were things we had done differently. At last, I have my chance. In this edition, the cross-references are easier to use, the index is expanded, there’s an index of charts and tables, and overall, when you come home with your dog from the veterinarian’s office full of questions, it’s easier to find what you are looking for.
Beth Adelman, Editor