Sarah’s Book Review: Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs
by Martin Zucker, DVM
This is a wonderful book! Author Martin Zucker, DVM, has interviewed numerous holistic veterinarians and assembled their most preferred and time-tested remedies for many common imbalances.
The early chapters begin with diet and nutrition, with a brief but concise description of the downfalls of commercial dog food. Then there are different meal plans: one for people who are not ready to give up dry food, two partially raw plans, and information about feeding a completely raw diet. Also included are recommendations on which table scraps are best, and use of supplemental foods, such as liver.
Chapters on supplements, herbs, flower essences and homeopathics are brief but concise and are mentioned, when relevant, throughout the book. There are individual chapters devoted to acupuncture, chiropractic and massage. The second part of the book is divided into common imbalances, natural remedies and how to administer them.
While I do not agree with most of the section on flea control, I found valuable information in other sections of this book that I have not found in any of my other holistic pet care books.
For example, animals prone to seizures will benefit from being exposed to full spectrum lighting in the house. Or, for bacterial or yeast infections of the ears, mix ¼ capsule of acidophilus with 1 ounce of water. Clean the ears first, using any good natural ear cleaning product. Afterwards, drip the acidophilus water into the ears, either with a cotton ball soaked in the mixture, or with an eye dropper. This really works!
All in all, this is an incredibly helpful book.
Highly recommended. Five paws!