Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Dogs4Dogs; First edition (January 15, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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As a holistic veterinarian, I wish all my clients would read this book! Writing from her earnest, unique, canine point of view, Chiclet-a peppery 4-lb. Maltese-imparts crucial information in a fun, easy-to-read style. She and her human companion, Jan Rasmusen, have done an incredible job researching and distilling information that every dog guardian should know.Chiclet (and Jan) decided to get writing after Chiclet's true love, Jiggy, developed severe immune-mediated liver disease. His long journey back to health (mainly through a homemade diet) triggered the extensive research that resulted in this book. Their website provides dozens of links and complete support for the book.This book aims to explode every common myth and cover virtually every aspect of canine care; all in an entertaining and painless fashion. The importance of regular check-ups, spaying and neutering, dental care, home and travel safety, and pest control are emphasized. Behavior, housing, surgery, adoption, rehoming, and even death get the same even-pawed, thoughtful treatment. I was particularly glad to see a discussion about providing for your pet if you die first.Though Chiclet clearly thinks holistically, there's not too much here that any vet should argue with - though conventional thinkers may be uncomfortable with the way Chiclet's sharp teeth (and wit) dissect the medical, pharmaceutical, and pet food industries, and raw diets still aren't widely accepted. (It doesn't hurt that I agree with almost everything Chiclet says, but I must say, her logic is flawless!)I sat down one snowy morning to glance at this book, preparing to muddle through it at some future date. Instead, I was utterly hooked within a few sentences, and finished the entire book in a day.
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