review by Lori Amato
You and your dogs are out for a walk. One of your dogs is sticking his nose into every bush and pocket of tall grass. He suddenly jumps back. He begins to yelp and cry. You hear a loud buzzing sound coming from behind a bush. A swarm of angry yellow jackets rises up and begins stinging you and your dogs. You move away quickly. You are slapping the dogs and yourself trying to drive off the bees. You get away, but not unscathed. When you get home you realize both of your dogs are in agony from the pain of bee stings. One of your dogs is limping quite noticeably. His right front leg is swollen up like a football. What do you do?
If you have the The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats, by the Editors of Prevention Magazine Health Books, 1996, Rodale Press, Inc., Emmaus, Pennsylvania, you would open up to the chapter on Insect Bites and Stings (10 Ways To Bite Back) and start reading very fast. It advises you to get to the point. In other words if you can find the insect stinger, remove it with your fingers or tweezers. If it’s in an area that’s easy to get to, try scraping it out with your fingernail or the edge of a credit card. It then offers many ways to get the discomfort under control. You can soothe the bite with baking soda, milk of magnesia, meat tenderizer, ammonia, aloe vera, ice, hydrocortisone creme, or if the itching is all over, an oatmeal bath. The nice thing about this chapter is that you have to have at least one of the above available in your house. You can basically pick and choose the advice you feel most comfortable with. It can even give you an easy way of preventing the problem in the future. “Dousing your pet with Avon Skin-So-Soft will not only make him smell good, it may also repel fleas, flies, mosquitoes and other biting things.” In this chapter there is a highlighted box which says “When to See the Vet”.
Meat tenderizer, ammonia, milk of magnesia, is a strange list of remedies. But all of the advice in this book comes from top veterinarians, trainers, breeders, and other animal experts.
Here are some of the tips for handling a diarrhea problem. “Quit putting stuff in your pet, and stuff will stop coming out,” says Clayton MacKay, D.V.M., director of the veterinary teaching hospital at Ontario Veterinary College. He recommends not feeding your pet for 24 hours after the onset of diarrhea. If she is still not better even after a day of no food, there could be something seriously wrong, and you should call your vet, he advises. If your dog is able to eat, try your hand at bland. Give white rice mixed with boiled hamburger or white meat chicken and then slowly add kibble until your dog is back on its regular diet. If the dog’s stool is still soft they recommend adding a little Metamucil. During diarrhea an animal can dehydrate rapidly. Offer your dog Gatorade to drink to help replenish fluid and minerals. They advise dog owners to eliminate dairy foods from the animals diet. There are other helpful tips as well.
The book covers everything from acne, aggression and aging to wool sucking, worms and wounds. No animal owner’s library is complete without this book in this reviewer’s opinion. You can obtain this book either in hard bound for $27.95 or soft copy for $6.99 from the following sources:
Direct Book Services (1-800-776-2665) or
Amazon Books at: http://www.Amazon.com