Years ago I attended a health seminar put on by my Cairn Terrier breed club and the veterinarian who addressed our small gathering that day turned much of our thinking and beliefs about the need for vaccinations almost completely on its head. While acknowledging the importance of vaccinations, she warned about adverse reactions to multiple vaccinations and over-vaccination.
It was heresy at the time. But over time much of what W. Jean Dodds, D.V.M., warned about that day, concerning the risk of overvaccination, has become broadly accepted.
Today, in a newly published book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic (Dogwise Publishing, $19.95), she raises a fresh alarm, this time about thyroid disorders, which she says have grown into an epidemic because they frequently are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, or incorrectly treated.
How can this be? With real-life examples and scientific rigor, Dodds and co-author Diana R. Laverdure explain why the thyroid is so important, and the illusive nature of canine thyroid disease, whose symptoms mimic and mirror behavior and other medical disorders.
This is a must read for anyone who cares for, and cares about, dogs, from everyday owners to shelter operators and veterinarians. That’s right, shelter operators, because thyroid disorder can cause aberrant behavior in dogs. To learn more visit www.dogwisepublishing.com.
(In the spirit of full disclosure I should note that for many years my wife and I have volunteered weekly at Dr. Dodds’ Hemopet Greyhound shelter, the first national nonprofit blood bank program for animals.)
Speaking of rescue, another book that I thoroughly enjoyed recently is Love Has No Age Limit, Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home (McConnell Publishing Ltd., $9.95).
If you work or volunteer in rescue you know that what you want is not just an adoption, but a successful adoption. When dogs leave our rescue group I always feel happy, but tinged with a little sadness. When they occasionally, and abruptly, return, sometimes years later, it is heartbreaking.
How can we make adoptions stick? How can more would-be dog owners get the knowledge and courage to open their homes to a shelter dog?
In this gem of a little book, in fewer than 100 pages, notable behaviorists, trainers and authors Patricia McConnell and Karen London lay out a simple to follow, step-by-step process.
How should you prepare? What should you do the first day? How can you set a daily routine and eventually build a relationship?
It is all here, in a quick read, a nifty approach to the common, everyday challenges and the sometimes quarrelsome problems. Most important, this handy guide helps you think proactively and smart, rather than reacting to problems.
The authors are so committed to spreading the word, and promoting successful adoptions, that they have arranged for bulk sales, reducing the cost to as little as $2.95. Check it out at www.patriciamcconnell.com.