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The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Wonderful Resource!

    This large and handy paperback tells any pet owner what to do in the first critical minutes after discovering an injury or other emergency. The advice is clear, specific and experience-based. The author is a popular writer on pets, and she is supported by expert advisors and the experience of some 80 veterinarians. Cat owners, incidentally, should not be put off by the fact that the book covers both cats and dogs. This in no way distracts from the coverage of feline problems and, in fact, it broadens the scope and inclusiveness in the portrayal of many conditions and injuries. Introductory chapters set the stage for the specific remedial actions discussed in the rest of the book. The contents of a first aid kit are spelled out in full, plus there is a list of human medicines and how they should be used (or not used) for cats and dogs. Tests and vital signs for assessing the seriousness of a problem are discussed. Basic first aid techniques are explained including homemade muzzles and restraints; artificial respiration and CPR; cleaning wounds; bandages and splints; transporting an injured animal; and, giving medications. Finally, this preliminary material ends with a 12-page listing of symptoms, setting forth likely or possible causes, and the pages where they are covered. The bulk of the book contains over 150 sections, alphabetically arranged, ranging from ¿Abdominal Wounds¿ to ¿Worms.¿ Each section explains when to call the vet, what supplies or medicines may be needed, what actions to take at once and what follow-up care will be necessary. These sections are direct and to the point. Good drawings illustrate some of the harder-to-describe procedures. Throughout the book, brand names are used whenever appropriate to clarify recommendations. In many of the problem sections, the basic discussion is supplemented by sidebars or boxes on related subjects. For example, the section on ¿Gunshot Wounds¿ contains a sidebar on shotgun wounds. The section on ¿Urinary Blockage¿ has a sidebar on bladder stones. The section on ¿Shock¿ has a sidebar on blood loss. The ¿Birthing Problems¿ section contains a sidebar on the afterbirth. All of these extras add an enormous amount of information to the basic advice on how to deal with emergencies. Numerous other recommendations of products or devices are also included, such as: · A pillowcase to restrain an injured cat · A soda bottle as a kitten body warmer · Hemostats for removing foreign objects from a cat¿s mouth · A Bite-Not collar instead of an Elizabethan collar · A homemade solution to ¿de-skunk¿ a cat · Plastic wrap for bandaging abdominal wounds, and · Pumpkin to prevent constipation All are additional to the basic sections on injuries and conditions, which cover not only such items as car accidents, diarrhea, poisoning and the like, but also such subjects as clothes dryer injuries, limping and smoke inhalation. This book is a wonderful resource that every cat owner should have at hand. It is a quick helper and is organized accordingly. To top things off, it has a very good 22-page index. Leigh Curry, for Cat Fanciers¿ Almanac, March 2003

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    First-Aid Companion for Dogs And Cats

    There were several items in the book that really caught our attention. Some we knew, some were new to us.. With 2 different breeds of dogs in our house, we wanted to have some first hand info on anything that would be of help,.
    In the past, during injuries to other dogs we had, I found out that I had been doing the right things.. But, I didn't know about the pressure points in dogs to keep the bleeding to a minimum.. That was a VERY good
    thing to know. The earwash info was very good to know. I hadn't tried their solution, but I did after reading it, and it helped so much.
    My husband isn't a reader, but he was getting into reading the book. He found things that he didn't know, and he used to raise dogs years ago.

    I recommend this book to anyone that has a dog (or cat). Keep it on the shelf.. It is a book that I will go back to several times to check up on different items with our dogs..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    this Book Comes In Handy

    I want to let everone know that this book is the best I have ever had on the inside cover has all kinds of home remendys for pets and I have used meny of them A must for any pet oner I highley recmend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Beyond helpful/ A Must Have

    If you have dogs or cats or both this book is a must. Pets often get into trouble & this will help keep things going at home until you can get to your vet or even help solve the problem at home. I got the paper back a long time ago & thought well I may never use this but it will be good to have just in case' & sure enough I have used it a LOT. It is very easy to use.

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