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Books on dog health, or vet books

doggy lover
June 2nd, 2005, 12:31 PM
Can anyone tell me what a good book is on dog health or a vet book or vet assistant book, I want something that is really detailed in health problems, deseases things like that. I got a book on vet stuff from the library once but can't remember the name of it. Thanks

Prin
June 2nd, 2005, 09:17 PM
I have some!

My favorite:
Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, by Giffin and Carlson: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978087605201&Catalog=Books&Ntt=Home+veterinary+handbook&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1
It has the treatments and drugs your vet will give as well as a whole section on first aid. Really good book.

Then:
Veterinarian's Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms, Garvey et al: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978037575226&Catalog=Books&Ntt=guide+to+your+dog%27s+symptoms&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1
This one has tables and is really easy to read, but is less complete and assumes you know a bit less than the first.

And this one explains genetic diseases in doggies a bit:
Control of Genetic Diseases, by Padgett: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978087605004&Catalog=Books&Ntt=control+of+genetic+diseases&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1

And if you want doggy anatomy, this book is the best:
Guide to the dissection of the Dog, by Ecans and deLahunta (I got it at the vet school in PEI (UPEI).

Is that enough?

Karin
June 2nd, 2005, 10:00 PM
I have some!

My favorite:
Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, by Giffin and Carlson: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978087605201&Catalog=Books&Ntt=Home+veterinary+handbook&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1
It has the treatments and drugs your vet will give as well as a whole section on first aid. Really good book.

Then:
Veterinarian's Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms, Garvey et al: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978037575226&Catalog=Books&Ntt=guide+to+your+dog%27s+symptoms&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1
This one has tables and is really easy to read, but is less complete and assumes you know a bit less than the first.

And this one explains genetic diseases in doggies a bit:
Control of Genetic Diseases, by Padgett: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/item.asp?Item=978087605004&Catalog=Books&Ntt=control+of+genetic+diseases&N=35&Lang=en&Section=books&zxac=1

And if you want doggy anatomy, this book is the best:
Guide to the dissection of the Dog, by Ecans and deLahunta (I got it at the vet school in PEI (UPEI).

Is that enough?

Prin, you read way too much. At your young age you should be experiencing these things instead of the "copy & paste" life ....I know you worked at a vet hospital before, why not go back? You learn much more with hands on than with just reading about it.

Someone posting here, looking for advice may not have the ability to treat a pet, given the wrong information or where to find it may cause a false sense of security and they will opt to treat themselves. This could be very, very harmful.

This of course is only my opinion, I have seen too many funky diagnosis's going on that would scare any newcomer away....

Prin
June 3rd, 2005, 02:06 AM
Maybe so, but the books I posted are guides and by far don't explain how to do it yourself. The second one especially just says "Go to emergency vet" a lot of symptoms and the first tells you what is going on so you have an idea, but it's not a treatment book (tells you the name but not how to do it).

The books I have are a supplement to my experience. I haven't seen everything and I think first aid books are great to have around, even human ones. How many people go to the vet and the vet is clueless? Why not give them the tools to have a clue of what is happening before they go?

Right now, I'm still a student. The only vets who hire somebody without qualifications are ones who are trying their best to cut costs and generally are not the best vets around. I love doggies and animals but I'm going a different career route.

doggy lover
June 3rd, 2005, 04:11 PM
reading about it is what saved my last dogs life when he got bloat, I enjoy reading about dog training and health, ect. I would never try to treat a dog on my own or would never recomend it but it is nice to know what you are up against.

kandy
June 3rd, 2005, 05:37 PM
I agree that books that let you have a heads up to tell your vet what tests you want (in addition to whatever tests they think) would be a good thing. My vet had never suggested doing any blood work on Lacey, even though she had lost weight and was sick. It was me that insisted she do blood work up after the meds she gave her weren't doing any good. I appreciate that my vet is very cost conscious for her patients, but if I had an idea of what I might be looking at, then I could tell her what I thought. I would never presume that I could truly diagnose or treat my dog for anything other than first aid.