Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

Language: English

Pages: 656

ISBN: 0470067853

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The classic bestseller—expanded and updated

The guide dog lovers have relied on for more than twenty-seven years, this handbook has been extensively revised to include the latest information on everything from canine healthcare to nutrition to holistic treatments. Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fourth Edition, is the definitive guide for every dog owner. It puts vital information at your fingertips, with:

  • An index of signs and symptoms to help you find information fast

  • Clearly written, step-by-step directions for handling common canine ailments and problems

  • A chapter on emergencies that explains what to do immediately for shock, broken bones, burns, dehydration, heat stroke, poisoning, insect stings and bites, wounds, and more

  • Hundreds of photos and drawings that illustrate what to look for and what to do to provide the best care for your dog

  • A glossary of terms

With this guide, you'll know when to rush your pet to the vet and when you can begin treatment at home. You'll communicate more effectively with your vet. You'll have the latest information on every aspect of your dog's medical care when you need it. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again.

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if the canal is dirty and filled with wax and purulent debris. First, the ear must be cleaned. This may require sedation or anesthesia. It is essential to know whether the eardrums are intact, since it is not safe to medicate the ears with certain medications if the drums are perforated. It is also important to be sure the problem is not caused by a foreign body or tumor. A specimen of waxy material is taken with a cotton-tipped applicator, 09_067857 ch06.qxp 7/6/07 10:37 PM Page 214 214 • DOG

eventually outgrow the condition. Surgical correction of some vascular ring anomalies is possible. Dogs with congenital megaesophagus should not be used for breeding. Adult-onset megaesophagus is irreversible, but some dogs do well for many years with careful attention to feeding and prompt treatment of respiratory infections. FOREIGN BODY IN THE ESOPHAGUS Foreign bodies in the esophagus are common. Bones and bone splinters are seen most often. Other objects that obstruct a dog’s esophagus

inflammation. Adrenalin is a specific antidote for an allergic reaction (see Anaphylactic Shock, page 13). Antihistamines also are beneficial. Sedatives help to relieve anxiety and panting. 13_067857 ch10.qxp 7/6/07 10:40 PM Page 316 316 • DOG OWNER’S HOME VETERINARY HANDBOOK CHOKING (FOREIGN BODY IN THE LARYNX) The sudden onset of forceful coughing, pawing at the mouth, and respiratory distress in a healthy dog suggest a foreign body caught in the larynx. This is an emergency! If the dog is

endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves and the lining of the heart. The disease is not common. It is caused by bacterial species that gain entrance to the circulation system through wounds and infections elsewhere in the body. In many cases the actual source of infection is unknown. Dogs on 14_067857 ch11.qxp 7/6/07 10:42 PM Page 338 338 • DOG OWNER’S HOME VETERINARY HANDBOOK corticosteroids and immunosuppressant drugs are at increased risk, as are midsize and large dogs. As the

uses ultrasonography or abdominal palpation to diagnose pregnancy at 30 to 35 days after breeding. If the bitch is found to be pregnant, she is hospitalized and given Lutalyse injections daily for four to seven days. Lutalyse causes the corpora lutea in the ovaries to disappear. The corpora lutea manufacture the progesterone that maintains the pregnancy. Although treatment is successful in the majority of cases, it is important to verify that pregnancy has indeed been terminated by obtaining a

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