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Book Review: Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Delbert G. Giffin et al

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Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook is an excellent resource for cat owners and enthusiasts. The book has just about every helpful tip needed to maintain a cat well into its life expectancy and beyond.

The authors provide life-saving tips on artificial respiration, heart massages and obstetrical emergencies. The required vaccines are listed for such things as rabies. Important guidance is given for treating feline pneumonia by keeping the animal in a warm environment with a humidifier and administering the physician-prescribed antibiotics.

The authors have a huge section on animal grooming and bathing equipment. Cats should be brushed frequently. Claws should be trimmed professionally and ears should be plugged to keep water out. Cats may be bathed, wiped down and dried with a hair dryer.

A strength of the presentation is that the authors provide very extensive guidance on how to handle parasites, fungi, itchy skin and other difficult health issues.

The book has extensive illustrations which teach pet owners what to look for in skin conditions like fleas, mites, chiggers, ticks, lice and maggots. Classic skin infections are discussed, like impetigo, folliculitis, acne and stud tail.

This excellent reference book is easy to read, cheap and effective for use by pet owners everywhere. It is well illustrated and loaded with excellent advice for pet enthusiasts the world over.

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