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Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog [Paperback]

Wendy Volhard
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Book Description

May 1 2000 Howell Reference Books
A complete revision of a ground-breaking reference.

Designed to provide updated information found in the original book, as well as lots of new topics, and a new organization—this second edition is more user-friendly than ever!

Readers will get the latest on:

  • Healthful diets for dogs of every age and activity level
  • How to modify your dog's diet to best meet seasonal needs
  • Natural ways to keep your dog healthy throughout all stages of life
  • How to care for a dog in poor health
  • The vaccine controversy—the pros, the cons and how to sort them out * Homeopathic remedies
  • Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, chiropractics and use of medicinal herbs

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Finding nutritional data for dogs can be a difficult business--and while much of the information in Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog is presented by anecdote, there's still plenty of worthwhile reading here. Aimed at dog owners that are already fairly committed to nonallopathic forms of health care for their pets, much of the book is based around author Wendy Volhard's Natural Diet. The Natural Diet is fairly labor intensive, as Volhard is the first to admit, but she provides page after page of testimonials that credit the diet with improved temperaments, better activity levels, and exemplary physical health. Each ingredient in this diet is discussed in depth, so owners not ready to take the step of providing a complete diet from scratch can still learn about potentially valuable supplements, as well as what ingredients to look for in a commercial diet.

Beyond the dietary information provided, there are several chapters that give solid explanations of different types of health care available, including homeopathy, kinesiology, and the five-element theory. For those who still prefer allopathic care for their dogs, the chapters that cover standard lab tests are extremely useful, finally giving a layman's guide for urinalysis, blood serum, liver function, and thyroid testing. A glossary defines various terms such as acidosis and hepatic, and each description is easily understandable, even by those with no medical background whatsoever. For puppy owners, the chapter discussing vaccinations is informative--Volhard questions the necessity of many we take for granted, and suggests several methods for lowering the required number for your pup.

Ultimately, the majority of this book is geared toward folks who are already committed to providing their pooches with alternative health care and homemade food. No matter how interesting the dietary concepts presented here, if you aren't already a true believer it's not likely that Volhard's anecdotes will provide you with enough statistical proof to completely overhaul your dog's way of life. --Jill Lightner

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Holistic veterinary care remains one of the fastest-growing specialties in canine medicine. Like the original, the second edition of The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog includes all of the in-depth information readers need to evaluate their dogs' dietary and medical regimens in light of holistic alternatives, and provides them with a new way to look at canine health in general. However, this new edition is updated and revamped with more information on all things holistic for the new millennium. In this updated version of a dog care classic, readers learn more about:
  • How to read commercial dog food labels and understand what they really mean
  • The Natural Diet and how to prepare it
  • Raising puppies and caring for older dogs
  • What supplements are all about
  • How to assess vaccinations and lab tests
  • Kinesiology
  • Homeopathy
  • The Five-Element Theory of traditional Chinese medicine and much more.
The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog has tips for everyone. Whether the reader is a new dog owner or an old pro at home remedies and health food for dogs, they will gain insight into canine health as a whole as well as their own dog's health and well-being.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference material for non-holistics too June 14 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is NOT just for people who believe holistic is the only way to go! So although many reviewers write from that perspective, I strongly suggest that people who love traditional medicine consider it because it provides clear explanations of how a dog's system works, the functions of the organs, and what the various nutrients do in and for the dog. It also provdes an excellent explanation of each section of a blood test or urine test and what the results *mean.* And, it has simple but very complete charts in the back which cover various things from *both* the traditional and the holistic points of view in causes and treatments.
What made me respect this book was that they offer traditional medicine causes and effects, tests and medications, treatments and solutions ... as well as holistic ones. So, both "sides" can get plenty out of it, and perhaps learn something from the beliefs of the "other side" too to get a much more balanced picture of what is going on with their dog.
It is not as simple as most of the consumer oriented books, but it is also not as complex as reading the veterinary medicine web sites. It definitely provides more detail than you may be accustomed to in a "pet health" book.
It provides a good base to research from so you can go look at traditional and alternative medicine web sites and know what the heck you're looking for.
If you don't care for the diet they recommend, or any other "holistic" parts, you can easily ignore them. It's a good reference book, and if you are the type who wants to be really involved in your dog's care and want to know more than what the vet told you, then get this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars everything _but_ the diet April 28 2003
Format:Paperback
overall this is a pretty good book. if you use it for what its title suggests, you should be pleased. that is, a holistic guide to a healthy dog. using it for the purpose of creating a new diet for your dog is another matter. the author's "natural diet" is certainly, without a doubt an improvement over most of the garbage fed to dogs in the form of commercial dog food.
however, having said that, if what you are really looking for is a guide to creating a healthy, _raw_ diet for your dog you definitely could do better than this book. ian billinghurst's "give your dog a bone" is what you are looking for. the volhard diet doesnt quite "get" the concept of the BARF ("Bones And Raw Food" _or_ "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food") diet...and unfortunately it _tries_ without much success. the volhard "Natural Diet" is too rigid as well as mis-informed in many cases, and in my opinion too much of a sales pitch.
This book definitely contains some useful info, especially regarding vaccine options, homeopathic remedies, laboratory testing ,etc. For those topics it is excellent. For the topic of "raw diet" i would look at billinghurst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended reading for all dog owners Feb. 9 2001
Format:Paperback
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Holistic Guide For A Healthy Dog continues to be a premier resource and reference for dog owners concerned with the improvement and maintenance of their canine companion's health, longevity, and quality of life. In Part One (Your Dog's Diet & Health), Volhard and Brown discuss nutrition and the dog's overall physical well-being. Part Two (Medicine, Tests, Therapies & Your Dog) explores standard diagnostic and treatment modalities, including vaccinations, for canine health problems and disease prevention. Part Three (The Five-Element Theory) outlines an integral aspect of traditional Chinese medicine applicable to dog care. The Five-Element Theory divides the year into four seasons and shows that (by looking at the calendar) the pet companion can predict with an uncanny accuracy their dog's behavior and consequent health needs. Holistic Guide For A Healthy Dog is a critically important, highly recommended reading for all dog owners, be they just starting out with their first pet, or experienced and professional breeders and trainers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Update of a Classic Oct. 10 2000
Format:Paperback
This is the second edition of a classic. Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M. have updated and improved on one of the best all around guides to caring for your dog. The new guide is easier to read and loaded with pictures and case studies.
One of the centerpieces of HGHD is the natural diet. It is explained in great detail and includes helpful feeding charts for dogs from 5 lbs. to 150 lbs. This is the diet that helped me start my Great Dane Booker's raw feeding. He has shown undeniable improvement in health since starting the diet.
Especially of interest are the chapters on understanding lab tests and the five element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are other chapters covering vaccination and other common treatments, as well as complementary/alternative care. Overall an excellent introduction and guide to caring for your dog naturally.
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At long last a book that tells you the owner why and how to feed a BALANCED whole food diet! After years of doing what I thought was the best thing for my dogs, feeding nothing but commercial foods, I learned the hard way that what I *knew* about dog foods was all wrong and very mis-informed!
I don't want to ask my Vets, who know only what they learned in school about nutrition, (which may not be much of anything), and I really don't want to depend on Dog Food Companies...think the reasons are obvious. So I read and educate myself. Thanks to Wendy Volhard and her RESEARCH...lots of reasearch...I feel comfortable making my own "Natural Diet" and feeding my dogs a better quality diet.
Can not wait to get the Next Edition!
Thanks again Wendy for all you do for the Dogs in my life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars additional information
I have read a few dog books and they are slighly difference. In this one you can find a more in depth description that other books just pass by such as kinesiology, TCM plus a diet... Read more
Published on July 6 2012 by maria s
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes the guess work out of making natural dog food
This book is exactly what I was looking for. I had a basic idea of what a natural diet should consist of, but no idea how much, which ratios etc, and which supplements to use etc. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars If you consider your dog a member of your family
Discovering the Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog is one of the best discoveries I have made in my life! Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Lois Sulka
5.0 out of 5 stars Holistic Guide for A Healthy Dog
This diet has been backed by years of documented laboratory research. I had read books and listened to others regarding raising my dogs the way nature intended but only Wendy's... Read more
Published on May 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nutrition "Bible" for your dog!
I think this is the best and only book you need on Canine Nutrition. The Volhard Natural Diet is the absolute best you can do for your dog; and its claims and theories are backed... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars 80% Spectacular.
This book is filled with some very very useful information, but some of it should be taken with a grain of salt. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by David Oesterle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting--offers a very good overview!
This book does cover some topics which some may refer to as "hocus-pocus." However, most of the information in this book is very helpful and if you can keep an open mind... Read more
Published on June 10 2002 by Orange Smoothie
5.0 out of 5 stars Clinically Proven Diet and Valuable Resource Guide
The Volhard diet has 30 years of experience and clinical testing behind it. The basic diet as given in the hardcover edition therefore has not changed but this second edition is... Read more
Published on June 11 2000 by Bethanne Elion
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