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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Some time back we covered what you should have in your First Aid Kit for pets, as well as general and advanced First Aid care. Recently, I read a great book that I think every dog lover should have: Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Sick and What To Do Next. It is an informative guide to help you figure out what is going on health-wise with your dog. I loved it so much that I’ve teamed up with the author, Jana Rade, to give away one copy. (This giveaway is open to both U.S. and Canadian residents.)
Unlike many medical books, this one is easy to read and written from the perspective of a dog lover and advocate. I recommend reading it thoroughly upon getting it and then keeping it on hand for easy reference. By reading the book first, it will help you recognize important symptoms that you might otherwise miss. For example, discolored gums are usually a sign of an emergency.
In addition to listing many symptoms that indicate an emergency, Jana walks us through the symptoms dogs exhibit when they are ill or injured. She explains what constitutes an emergency, and what doesn’t. It is really helpful to have when you aren’t sure what the next step should be.
After raising five kids, and having dogs all of my life, I think I have a pretty good idea of what constitutes an emergency. However, I have no medical training. At the end of each chapter, Jana lists the signs of an emergency. These follow up segments are very helpful, and could help save your dog’s life. No one wants to pay for an emergency vet visit when it isn’t necessary. Even more importantly, none of us want to regret not taking our beloved dog to the vet because we underestimated the issue. This book is an excellent guide to help make the correct decision.
This book is also available on Kindle.
If you have a dog, this is my top book recommendation for you!
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in pet portraits and the photography needs of creative entrepreneurs. She has a few spots left in her 5th Annual Profile Portrait special.