Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable

Edited by Nicholas H. Dodman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-547-23282-9
Many families take in a perky puppy over the holidays only vaguely aware that in a few years they'll learn more about caring for their canine (hip replacement?) than they ever wanted to know. Man's best friend can enjoy a long and healthy life, which can mean many years spent as a geriatric pet. The Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (Puppy's First Steps) has compiled an informative guide to help owners keep older pets hale and hearty long after the first grey whiskers have appeared. Dodman provides expert advice on a wide range of topics, including how to identify doggie vital signs. He also guides readers through the complexities of choosing the correct dog food and dental care for Fido. Issues unique to aging dogs, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and dementia, are explained in clear language and with good detail. Most issues discussed are common to all breeds though on occasion specific to certain breeds, sizes, or gender. This effort comes from research trials, anecdotal evidence from years of veterinary practice, and personal insights from many caring vets. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 04/18/2011
Release date: 11/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-547-66241-1
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