Great Book! Hands-On Dog Care
Recently I noticed Jersey’s eye was tearing up after a trip to the dog park. Immediately I was concerned, as she tends to spend a lot of time in the company of other dogs and this exposes her to a variety of diseases.
Being a Sunday, I knew my vet’s office was not open however she was not exhibiting any other symptoms that made me feel I should take her to the emergency room. I had a copy of Sue M. Copeland and John A. Hamil, DMV book “Hands-On Dog Care” and decided to flip through it and see if I could figure out what was wrong with her eye, and if it was an emergency.
Flipping through the index, I found a section specifically dedicated to eye discharge. It explains what you may be looking at (clear discharge, mucous-y discharge, bloody, etc.) and what it could mean. There is an action plan for each section, where it lists the possibilities and what you should do if you see it.
Scanning through the action plan, the first check was for blood either coming from the eye or visible on the eye. There are two options: yes and no. I followed the “no” arrow down the action path to the next check, which was analyzing the colour and type of the discharge and whether the eye is open or closed. I answered “no” and then followed the action plan until I found a description that suited her condition.
Thankfully, at the end of the action plan the final recommendation was that since Jersey was not exhibiting any of the dangerous symptoms or anything that required immediate attention, she did not require a trip to the emergency clinic. On the following page, emergency tips and hints as well as other cautionary information is provided. The recommendation was that while it was not an emergency, I should follow up with a veterinarian.
This book covers all sorts of conditions including respiratory, skin and a variety of other issues. There is also a section on basic and advanced dogkeeping skills. It is great to have on hand for when you aren’t sure.
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