While no book can replace firsthand experience, sometimes a well-written book by a knowledgeable author can make the process of gaining experience a little easier.
When it comes to your dog’s health, the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, and James M. Giffin (the first three vets and the fourth an MD) is one of the handiest resources available. It is concise, thorough, and easy for the layman to read and understand. It is well organized and well indexed. It explains the causes, effects, symptoms, and treatments of numerous canine diseases, besides addressing various injuries, parasites, and everyday care matters.
The book is primarily organized by body system, each chapter prefaced with a explanation of the different organs and their functions. However, chapters are also provided on specific topics, such as:
- Emergency first aid.
- Infectious diseases.
- Cancer and tumors.
- Caring for newborn puppies.
- Caring for senior dogs.
- Giving medication to a dog.
The Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook offers helpful advice on when to treat your dog at home and when to consult a vet, as well as what to expect when you arrive at the clinic. It also includes suggestions for keeping your dog feeling his best in order to avoid a health problem in the first place.
Probably one of the most useful books of its kind. Highly recommended for all dog owners!