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

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Over 400,000 copies of this treasured classic have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years ago

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised—for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for ...

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Overview

Over 400,000 copies of this treasured classic have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years ago

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised—for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.

They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They've updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth "Quick Reference" section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets."-Amazon.com

"Pets have never had it so good!"-Michael W. Fox, former vice president of the Humane Society

For many of my clients, Dr. Pitcairn's book is their trusted holistic health guide for their canine and feline companions needs, full of practical pointers for the concerned caregiver”a must read for those embarking on the worthwhile journey towards restoration of their pets' health and happiness. This new edition is a must-have for the pet care library. —David Evans, DVM, CVH, Natural Care Clinic for Pets

"Would you like your dog and cat to live a longer healthier life? This easy to use and well researched book is a must for you. Every one of my holistic clients has Dr. Pitcairn's book and many have told me how frequently they read it for treatment of minor problems, nutritional information and how to make lifestyle choices to improve health for themselves, their animals and our planet." —Dr. Christina Chambreau, Homeopathic Veterinarian and author of the Healthy Animal's Journal

"The third edition of this "landmark" text is welcome, and will take up space on my bookshelf, as well as the bookshelves of many of my colleagues and clients." —Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM, Founder, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

"Dr. Richard Pitcairn again demonstrates why he is so respected in his field. This book should be required reading for anyone seeking true, lasting health for their animals and will continue to be a must-read for my clients." — Larry A. Bernstein, VMD

"I anticipated that this 3rd edition would be a thorough and thoughtfully-written guide to natural health care for animals, packed full of useful information and practical tips. My expectations were exceeded! Dr. Pitcairn has a wonderful way of making both basic principles and complex topics fresh and reader-friendly, all the while gently raising questions that encourage thinking and re-thinking conventional "wisdom" in companion animal care. Who should read this book? Those just embarking on the path of natural health for their pets, those who have been on this path for years, and every holistically-minded veterinarian who wants to understand root causes of disease and expand his or her repertoire of treatments that truly support and help restore health. Although I have used and recommended the earlier edition of this book in my practice for years, I plan to make this new edition required reading for my clients! —Lynn S. Peck, DVM, MS Holistic veterinarian and researcher

"Once again Dr. Pitcairn has given animal caretakers the definitive how-to for a healthier, more natural and holistic approach to animal health. This up-dated edition, in his easy-to-read, story-telling style, has added information on diet and vaccinations based on recent research. The results achieved in animal well-being by incorporating the dietary, herbal and homeopathic information provided in previous editions have spoken for themselves. The new information contained in this new edition will raise the quality of our companion animal health just that much higher." —Dr. Kimberly Henneman, DVM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579549732
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 466
  • Sales rank: 126,484
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Washington State University. Since establishing his private practice in homeopathic veterinary medicine, he opened a clinic offering only holistic animal care, in Eugene, Oregon.

Susan Hubble Pitcairn was the driving force for the completion of the first edition of this book.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Natural health for pets
Ch. 1 We need a new approach to pet health care 3
Ch. 2 What's really in pet food 9
Ch. 3 Try a basic natural diet - with supplements 29
Ch. 4 Easy-to-make recipes for pet food 60
Ch. 5 Special diets for special pets 88
Ch. 6 Helping your pet make the switch 109
Ch. 7 Exercise, rest, and natural grooming 119
Ch. 8 Creating a healthier environment 135
Ch. 9 Choosing a healthy animal 152
Ch. 10 Emotional connections and your pet's health 184
Ch. 11 Neighborly relations : responsible pet management 190
Ch. 12 Lifestyles : tips for special situations 221
Ch. 13 Saying good-bye : coping with a pet's death 233
Ch. 14 Holistic and alternative therapies 242
Ch. 15 How to care for a sick animal 272
Pt. 2 Quick reference
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    Miracle dog ! Miracle cat !

    We followed the recommendations in this book to help cure a 10 year-old English Cocker of folliculitis (allergy to her own hair. Oozing sores all over) and shrink an abdominal sarcoma and lung sarcoma! She was also spilling protein into her urine at a high level. Now, there is no spilling of protein anymore at all and she acts like a puppy! The vet can't believe it! Has never seen anything like this before. Also, a 3 year-old Ragdoll cat had come down with severe liver failure for no known reason. She was a bright golden yellow (ears and skin) when I took her in to the vet. The vet said it didn't look good at best. Her lab values were 9 times over the high normal range for everything. Her x-ray showed a huge amount of water around the liver and a huge liver. I started to help her with the advice in the book. She couldn't eat on her own, so I syringe fed her, and just two short weeks later, there was barely any yellow left to her skin. She was eating gobs of food and bouncing all over the house again! The vet can't believe the lab results she now has in this short of a time. Thank you so very much, Dr. Pitcairn, for writing this book. It's never too late to try as long as there is a little life left and the little ones have the spirit in them to work with you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Excellent and Informative!

    I think this book is one of the best. I started making all the food for my dogs(two border collies) and have been doing this for about a year now. I use the receipes from this book. There are several so my girls don't get bored with their meals. It is great for almost all aspects of pet care and I recommend it highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Pitcairn's holistic approach to pet health care is an excellent resource when typical medical interventions have not proven effective. I used the interventions that he professes to help puppies with upper respiratory infections/suspected distemper and my dog who was diagnosed with liver and kidney issues.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Always a winner- bought two for my kids

    Highly recommended reference guide to have on hand. It has helped me many times- both for natural cat and dog care - especially during late night or weekend crises, which is when so many of our could-be-an emergency events happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Great Alternative Pet Care Starting Place

    Dr. Pitcairn's book really helped me out. I adopted a Boston terrier rescue and he had a bunch of problems that I wanted to try healing the natural way instead of pumping him full of meds. This is also my first time owning a dog so it was extremely helpful in figuring things out that I had no clue about. I would say overall it's a great resource to have around and one that I refer to if I have any questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Helped my dog greatly!

    Buy this book. My 8 year old golden retriever was having serious stomach problems. I had paid thousands of dollars over the past couple years for vet visits, IVs to rehydrate, wide spectrum antibiotics and tests that always came back negative. Finally, my golden became ill while we were in another state visiting friends. We went to the friend's vet who took an entirely different approach than any other vet I'd been to. He ran the standard tests and then began talking to me about a more natural diet for my dog and recommended this book. It was been a Godsend for myself and my pet. I fed my dog a popular brand of dog food, available at every supermarket in the country. Never again. I had no idea how bad most dog foods are for the animal. Now, I make recipes out of this book and my dog is back to feeling great. He hasn't been sick since he went on his new diet. He looks great and acts like a puppy again! I recommend this book to every pet owner I know!

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    OWN THIS BOOK!

    If you have a dog or cat you love, buy this book. Very helpful to keep on hand. If your into natural remedies, aromatherapy, etc., its for you! Recipes, helpful diagnosis and more. A library keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    Pitcairn's book has been in print for twenty years and sold hundreds of thousands of copies for a reason. Pitcairn writes in the voice of someone clearly passionate about his work, and as someone who's willing to learn. The book is clearly written and well set out, equally suitable for someone wanting to read up or as a quick reference guide. Taking in all the factors that affect your pets health, as well as considering some that affect our lives (environmental considerations, for example) Pitcairn's book should be a must have for every pet lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    A Must Have!

    Dr. Pitcairn's book was the most helpful natural health book for pets I have ever owned and read. It contains information a pet owner could not do without. I can now see why Dr. Pitcairn is the leading expert in this field. This is one book I highly recommend every pet owner to buy and read without a doubt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    Great for you and your dog!

    My pug is finally eating right. He did poorly on the commercial foods I tried. Even the 'premium' dog foods. When I started using Dr. Pitcairn's book my pug had dull fur, cloudy eyes, low energy, and was constipated a lot. (This from the famous, let's call it, 'We-Is' dog food.) The shine is back in his coat and eyes and, when I take him outside to do his business, he just squats and goes and he's all done and ready to play. This book is not one of those exotic health food books. The recipes are easy to make and you can get the stuff at your grocery store. He includes plenty of substitutions so you can mix and match with what's available. And my dog gobbles it up -- which is unusual for a spoiled pug. And who really believes dogs don't need real food?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    Most Comprehensive Guide to Animal Health

    This book can save your pet's life. It did mine! By proper supplementation and natural diet, instead of commercial products, both my 'Problem' animals have been cured! I spent countless $$$'s at several different vets, attempting to cure my two cats. One had an allegic skin condition, the other reaccuring bladder infections. I changed the diets of both animals, brewed up some vitamin packs, and used the natural remedies.Both animals are finally cured! This book is a 'MUST' have for the dog or cat owner. Loaded with valuable information, the book pays for itself with one ailment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Natural Care Saved My Pet's Life!!!

    A few years ago my Chow-SharPei, Bear, almost died following conventional treatment for heartworms. Our local conventional vet hadn't told us about the 'other test'-only a few dollars more, which could have detected them much sooner. I came across a holistic practitioners guide which led us to a homeopathic vet (I didn't know they existed!). A student of Dr. Pitcairn's, he sent us this book (now a *Bible* in our collection) to help educate us about our pets' (At the time we had a farm of five pets.) needs. Thanks to the doctor, Bear bounced back in three days. Thanks to the book, in three months, Bear had a new coat - red! vs. the old brown, which he had completely shed during his illness - and was leaping in the air for his supper like a puppy (He was five at the time)!!! The book has since helped with flea treatment and control, mites, and alternative chew bones (read it and see!) - and our experience recently helped save a friend's pet from heartworms! Also, an interesting side effect has taken place: Before the book, we were at the conventional vet's office every three weeks. After the book, only once a year for legally required rabies vaccinations (which we now follow with homeopathic antitoxins), then otherwise only for boarding if we cannot get a friend to pet-sit. Feeding our animals has also become much less expensive and far healthier at the same time! This book is the best investment you'll *ever* make in your life *and* your pet's...I've sworn by it for over five years now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    I cured my dog using this book

    I bought this book because my dog had a skin problem. The dog had a biopsy which showed nothing. The ulcer came back in about 2 weeks. I put my dog on a natural diet found in the book and in a matter of weeks she was cured!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    Just What the Dr. Ordered for your Pet!

    Here is a vet who can tell you how to heal whatever your pet has got. No kidding. There's no 'take it to the vet' stuff. This doc has remedies that any person can do. My cat could not urinate. I rushed to the library and saw this book. It said to give my cat three doses of homeopathic medicine, which I myself believe in. Not only did my cat NOT die, but it greatly improved and was well within a day or so! Included in this book are receipes for making your own pet's meals, and how bad commercial foods are for them. This is the New Age Bible for Pets!! And not a moment too soon! Thank God for it. You will!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

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

    is is great its about animals and care

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