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Dog Health and Nutrition For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5318-9
384 pages
June 2001
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You do everything you can to maintain your optimum health. Doesn’t your best friend deserve the same? Your dog’s a member of the family and needs the same attention to health and nutrition as you do to stay healthy, be happy, and live longer.

However, it’s easy to get lost in the pet store’s sea of dog products, passing aisle after aisle of dog food. Keeping your dog healthy or getting her back on the road to good health doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies makes it easy to make sure your canine is living a healthy lifestyle. It gives you expert tips and advice on:

  • Basic canine healthcare
  • Feeding your dog
  • Recognizing and treating common maladies
  • Caring for the canine senior

Author M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD is a specialist in canine sports medicine and professor at The Johns Hopkins University, but above all, a dog lover. She breaks down the complexity of caring for your pooch into easy terms with helpful reminders, warnings, and information, including information about:

  • How to choose and work with a vet
  • Your dog’s anatomy with detailed illustrations
  • Canine first aid
  • Drug therapy for dogs
  • Maintaining your dog’s health with nutrition and exercise
  • Common household hazards

Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies gives you all the information you need to properly care for your beloved canine pal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Basic Health Care.

Chapter 1: Canine Health 101.

Chapter 2: Preventing Problems before They Start.

Chapter 3: Working with Your Dog's Vet.

PART II: Food, Glorious Food!

Chapter 4: The Building Blocks of Good Nutrition.

Chapter 5: Feeding Your Hungry Hound.

Chapter 6: Supplementing Your Dog's Diet.

Chapter 7: Good Ol' Home Cookin'.

Chapter 8: Meeting Your Dog's Special Nutritional Needs.

PART III: Recognizing and Treating Common Maladies.

Chapter 9: Innerspace: How Your Dog's Body Works.

Chapter 10: Tackling Common Ailments.

Chapter 11: Fighting Off the Bugs That Want Your Dog.

Chapter 12: Canine First Aid.

Chapter 13: Drug Therapy for Dogs.

Chapter 14: Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

PART IV: Health for the Body and Soul.

Chapter 15: Stocking Up on the Supplies You and Your Dog Need.

Chapter 16: Getting the Lead Out: Exercising Your Dog.

Chapter 17: We Want You!: Enrolling Your Dog in Basic Training.

PART V: Caring for the Canine Senior.

Chapter 18: Helping Your Dog Age Gracefully.

Chapter 19: Coping with Cancer.

Chapter 20: Making the Difficult Decision to End Your Dog's Life.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Great Dog Health and Nutrition Web Resources.

Chapter 22: Ten Signs of Illness to Watch For.

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy.

Chapter 24: Ten Household Hazards.

Appendix: Resources.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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Author Information

M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, presents Coaching the Canine Athlete seminars and regularly writes for dog magazines. She is a canine sports medicine consultant and a professor at Johns Hopkins University.
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