How much do you know about keeping your dog or cat healthy?
Did you know that the same aspirin that can safely relieve a dog's fever can be fatal to a cat?
What conditions may respond better to alternative therapies than standard prescription medications?
Under what circumstances can common over-the-counter medications be hazardous to your pet's health?
Do you know what hazardous household products are poisonous to your cat or dog?
How do certain drugs interact with other drugs or with your pet's normal diet?
This one-of-a-kind guide provides you with important information about the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for cats and dogs, plus the latest information on grounbreaking alternative therapies that will keep your pet healthy and happy. From common antibiotics and powerful drugs prescribed for more serious ailments to recent medications such as the "flea-pill," here are the facts you need to know. Each drug is extensively profiled for effectiveness, safety, proper dosages, possible side effects, allergic reactions, toxicity, and much more. You'll also receive expert advice on the following:
How to choose a veterinarian
A description of common dog and cat diseases and their treatments
The pros and cons of using human drugs such as Prozac and Elavil
How particular medications may effect your pet's behavior
How to perform a physical exam at home to assess your pet's general health
PLUS a guide to preventive care, an index of symptoms, a quick reference first-aid guide, and much more.
Dr. Kate Roby received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Her postdoctoral training included residencies in large animal medicine and clinical laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a fellowship in nephrology and metabolism at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After many years of nephrology research at the University of Pennsylvania and many publications, Dr. Roby entered private small animal practice. At present, she combines work in small animal practice with a career as a medical writer.
Dr. Lenny Southam completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, following graduation from the University of Mexico School of Veterinary Medicine. Following her internship, she was a research veterinarian at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medicine and held a fellowship for postdoctoral studies in pathology at the University of Delaware. At present, she has a housecall practice in Pennsylvania where she cares for dogs and cats, horses and a variety of other companion animals. Dr. Southam has published a number of scientific papers as well as articles for pet owners and runs the Vet Care Forum on CompuServe.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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