GRiC Bookshelf

Health/Diet Books

Pets Living With Cancer: A Pet Owners Resource

By Robin Downing, DVM
Paperback - 154 pages (April 1, 2000) - $19.95

From Press Release: Individuals who face the diagnosis of cancer in their loved pets have a new resource available to help address their fears. This April, the American Animal Hospital Association Press is releasing Pets Living With Cancer: A Pet Owner's Resource. Authored by Robin Downing, DVM, the 154-page book is the first and only book that provides a single resource for owners of pets that have been diagnosed with cancer. After confronting a cancer diagnosis in her dog, Murphy, Dr. Downing found there was no single source for all of the questions she faced. Her resulting book provides a resource that leads pet owners through treatment and care. Written with the positive but realistic view that cancer does not always mean death, Dr. Downing asks many questions confronted by pet owners and answers them in a comprehensive and caring manner.

The book begins with an overview of cancer and how it is diagnosed. Dr. Downing then highlights treatment options and provides a thorough discussion of surgical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, complementary therapies, as well as nutrition information for the cancer patient. Subsequent chapters cover hospice care for pets and euthanasia.

Nature of Animal Healing: The Path to Your Pet's Health, Happiness, and Longevity

by Martin Goldstein

Review by Amazon.com: As an accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine, Martin Goldstein is well respected for his 25 years worth of experience in the field--experience he effectively utilizes in conjunction with his expertise in holistic medicine in his new book, The Nature of Animal Healing: The Path to Your Pet's Health, Happiness, and Longevity. Goldstein begins with a broad explanation of the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against those diseases, not only offering thorough discussions of specific ailments--including cancer, allergies, and arthritis--and the holistic medicines available to help in the healing process, but also speaking to the "dubious legacy of vaccines" as well as the questionable quality of pet food. Finally, Goldstein turns his attention to the spiritual realm, addressing both the bonds that we have with our pets--and how those bonds aid in preventing and fighting our pets' health problems--as well as dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Goldstein's expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource "compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations" make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner's library. --Julia King

Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals

by Karen L. Overall

Canine Orthopedics

by Connie Jankowski, Suzanna Lee, Robert L. Rooks

Synopsis: "Canine Orthopedics identifies and discusses the diseases and maladies, genetic, environmental and traumatic, that affect the skeletal structure of dogs. These problems that determine the fitness, function, soundness and overall well-being of dogs. Canine Orthopedics directs particular emphasis to how owners can learn to evaluate problems; preventative measures including nutrition, accident prevention and selective breeding; treatment options (including the very latest and experimental programs from veterinary schools); and causes of lameness. Canine Orthopedics will give all dog owners enhanced insight to use for themselves and communicate more effectively with the veterinarian." Recommended by Steve Armstrong.

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn

Thousands of pet owners have already discovered Dr. Pitcairn's natural approach to pet nutrition. This edition of his unique pet-care guide covers every facet of animal treatment and nutrition,including protection from environmental health hazards, and treatment for disease.

This is a book that I personally refer to constantly!

The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog

by Wendy Volhard, Kerry Brown

Holistic veterinary care is one of the fastest growing specialties in canine medicine. Now this thorough, in-depth work shows the reader how to look at his or her dog as the sum of its parts and to evaluate alternatives to standard veterinary care. The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog provides an overview of such traditional Eastern treatments as acupuncture and acupressure, as well as homeopathy, chiropractic and other widely practiced alternatives, including what they mean and when and why they are effective. It also provides dog owners with the practical information needed to use these treatments, addresses dogs requirements for good health and how health problems can be avoided through natural, non-commercial remedies.

Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats

by Diane Stein

Holistic veterinary care is one of the fastest growing specialties in canine medicine. Now this thorough, in-depth work shows the reader how to look at his or her dog as the sum of its parts and to evaluate alternatives to standard veterinary care. The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog provides an overview of such traditional Eastern treatments as acupuncture and acupressure, as well as homeopathy, chiropractic and other widely practiced alternatives, including what they mean and when and why they are effective. It also provides dog owners with the practical information needed to use these treatments, addresses dogs requirements for good health and how health problems can be avoided through natural, non-commercial remedies.

UC Davis Book of Dogs : The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies

by School of Veterinary Medicine Staff, Mordecai Siegal

An authoritative, up-to-the-minute guide for dog owners, breeders and trainers that includes everything they need to know about the health and well-being of their dogs -- written by the faculty of a distinguished school of veterinary medicine and edited by Mordecai Siegal.

This is another reference book I use frequently.

The Natural Dog : A Complete Guide for Caring Owners

by Mary L. Brennan, Norma Eckroate, Glenna Hartwell (Illustrator)

Full of real-life case studies and anecdotes, this book emphasizes a holistic approach to caring for your dog while providing the up-to-date and vital information every dog-owner needs, from adopting and training dogs to diet and grooming. Includes an A-Z guide covering over 40 common canine health problems. Line drawings.

Another book in my collection!

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

by Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffin

A comprehensive guide to dog care features illustrations, charts, and tables and discusses life saving procedures, vaccinations, current veterinary therapies, nutrition, and more.

A "must have" book for all dog owners...it's on my bookshelf!

Pet Allergies

by Alfred Plechner

Alfred Plechner is a veterinarian in Southern California who has spent over 20 years working with dogs and cats who suffer with allergy problems. He offers many great suggestions on how to handle allergy problems via special diet, testing, etc. This book helped me tremendously in dealing with Mozart's allergy problems.

The Merck Veterinary Manual : A Handbook of Diagnosis, Therapy, and Disease Prevention and Control for the Veterinarian (8th Ed)

by Clarence M. Fraser (Not yet published, but can still be ordered)
Recommended by Mary Ellen Lunde (and me, too!)

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats : Over 1,000 Solutions to Your Pet's Problems-From Top Vets, Trainers, Breeders and Other Animal Experts

by Matthew Hoffman (Editor), Prevention Magazine Health Books (Editor)

Featuring approximately 1,000 remedies from over 300 top veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and other animal experts, this book provides healing tips and recommendations for more than 100 illnesses and conditions. The book includes 80 illustrated, step-by-step instructions which show exactly how to give a pill, trim claws, provide first aid, and more.

Recommended by Steve Armstrong, and me, too!

First Aid for Dogs: The Essential Quick-Reference Guide

by Tim Hawcroft

Tim Hawcroft gives readers the confidence and skill needed to administer first aid whenever necessary and clearly outlines how to know what treatment to give and when to call the veterinarian.

Recommended by Steve Armstrong.

What's the Diagnosis? : Understanding Your Dog's Health Problems

by Race Foster, Marty Smith

Through each system of the dog, focusing on everyday as well as some not-so-common aliments, and cuts through medical jargon to help owners make more informed choices. 130 two-color illustrations. (The authors of Foster and Smith of the Foster and Smith catalog company). Recommended by Steve Armstrong.

Animal Hospital

by Stephen Sawicki

From Booklist , 10/01/96: Boston's Angell Memorial Animal Hospital has served many famous clients, including Elvis, Mafia bosses, singer Tracy Chapman, horrormeister Stephen King, and convicted murderer Pamela Smart (the subject of Sawicki's successful 1991 true-crime tale Teach Me to Kill). Angell Memorial is an unusual institution: a large, sophisticated, multispecialty practice and training facility for new veterinarians that is also a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Sawicki spent a year behind Angell Memorial's "Staff Only" door and tells the facility's story largely through experiences of a half dozen veterinarians, interns, and support staff, as well as several clients and patients. (He pays more attention to dog patients than to cat patients--perhaps because his own Angell Memorial patient is a golden retriever.) There are echoes of Tracy Kidder in Sawicki's approach, of the late James Herriot in his interest in human behavior as well as animal ailments, and for serious animal lovers, something of the sense of urgency of TV's ER in the health crises he re-creates. Will fascinate pet lovers--as well as young people who hope to become veterinarians one day. Copyright´┐Ż 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved. Recommended by Steve Armstrong.

Just What the Doctor Ordered : A Complete Guide to Drugs and Medications for Your Dog

by Race Foster, Marty Smith

These are the doctors behind the "Foster & Smith" catalog. Recommended by Steve Armstrong.