Book Review: The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets – i

This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Pets. Many of us love our pets. We love our dogs, our cats, our rabbits, and our ferrets. We also learn from our pets and grow with our pets. Lola Michelin is the Official Guide to Pets.

The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets – in everyday language, by Merck Publishing and Merial (Author), Cynthia M Kahn (Editor), Scott Line (Editor), is a valuable resource for people interested in Pets, and it is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Product Description
The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health delivers animal health expertise in everyday language that all pet owners can understand. This in-depth new resource, authored by over 200 veterinary experts, covers the full spectrum of today’s pets, from dogs, cats and horses to birds, reptiles, fish and other exotic pets. No other book provides as much health information on as many types of animals. The one resource for a lifetime of pets.

About the Author
For over a century, Merck Publishing has been dedicated to providing the finest medical and scientific books in the world. Long known for providing authoritative references for healthcare professionals, Merck Publishing more recently began producing resources in everyday language for the general public. In fact, The Merck Manual of Medical Information — Home Edition has sold more than 2 million copies, and is the best-selling home medical reference in the world. Now, Merck Publishing has partnered with Merial, a world-leading animal health company, to bring comprehensive animal health information to pet owners everywhere.

Probiotics for Pets: Dogs and Cats – How They Can Help Alleviate Common Pet Health Problems

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, the “good” or “friendly” bacteria that populate the entire digestive tract and play an important role in digestion, nutrient assimilation and immune system function. Unfortunately, many people have been lead to believe that all bacteria are harmful, but the reality is that we live in symbiosis with beneficial bacteria throughout our environment, and some of the most important are our friendly intestinal bacteria.

The average animal, depending on size, can have up to four pounds of bacteria in his body with the majority residing in the digestive tract. Your pet would become very ill or die without the right intestinal bacteria, and unfortunately this actually happens more often than most people realize. Many holistic veterinarians believe that imbalances in intestinal bacteria are a major factor in many of the chronic disorders that we see in our animals today. My experience with animals leads me to believe this is very true!

Probiotics play some vital roles in your animal’s body such as:

*Help the digestive tract function properly by producing enzymes that aid digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.
*Manufacture B vitamins.
*Help lower cholesterol.
*Keep levels of pathogenic bacteria (E. coli, Salmonella and Helicobacter pylori) and pathogenic fungi (Candida albicans) in check by competing for available space and nutrients. In addition, beneficial bacteria produce antibiotic like substances and acidify the intestinal tract by producing lactic acid, both of which inhibit harmful bacteria growth and the toxins they produce.
*Protect against tooth decay and gum inflammation.
*Help to maintain a healthy mucous lining (mucosa) in the intestinal tract. This assists in the prevention of bacteria, food particles and toxins from entering the blood stream. The results of a damaged mucosa are often referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome which contributes to allergy like symptoms, skin conditions, systemic infections, arthritis and other disease processes.
*Maintain or increase immune system health. Since 70% of the immune system in animals is found in the gastrointestinal tract, a healthy mucosal lining populated by beneficial bacteria is very important to preventing and fighting infection. In addition, beneficial bacteria are also found in the respiratory system where they help guard the body against invasion by harmful germs.
*Aid in the absorption of magnesium that is used for hundreds of different functions throughout the body. A magnesium deficiency can result in asthma and migraines and have other dramatic impacts on your pet’s health.
*Synthesize vitamin K that is needed to clot the blood and keep bones strong.

The Invisible Danger Of Summer That Puts Your Pets Health At Risk

As the warm weather comes nearer and nearer, it is important to remind ourselves that caring for ours dogs in the spring and summertime is different than the way we care for them in the fall and winter seasons. The weather gets hot and humid, and there are gorgeous days and dangerously hot days. Here are a few warm weather tips for caring for your pet this summer.

Watch your carefully dog for signs of heatstroke. If you like to let your pup roam around in the fenced in backyard during the day, it is important to keep an eye on Spot. In the summer, it can sometimes be easy for your dog to overheat and succumb to heatstroke. To prevent this, make sure your dog has plenty of shade, no matter what time of day it is. Also, make sure they always have a relatively cool supply of water so they won’t become dehydrated as well.

Keep your pet inside if the day is particularly hot. It is better for you and your dog if you simply don’t let them outside unless they need to ‘do their business.’ You don’t want to risk your dog getting dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke. If you must, keep your dog in their crate, as long as it is inside the house.

If you take your pup along for a quick ride, never leave them in the car! Cars can quickly heat up in the summer sun, and your pup will have no escape. Don’t try cracking open the windows; it simply doesn’t let in enough cool air and let out enough hot air. If you’d like to take your pup with you, make sure you bring along a family member or friend who can stand with the dog outside. Otherwise, leave Fido at home.

Keep your pet well groomed. If your dog has thick and matted hair, each time your pup goes outside their thick and tangled coat will trap the heat and make it uncomfortable and maybe even unbearable for your dog. Depending on your dog’s breed, you may want to shave the coat all together. Otherwise, simply make it a habit to get your dog groomed regularly throughout the summer, and remember to brush their coat thoroughly on a daily basis.

Keep your pet well hydrated, whether they are inside or out. Even humans seem to get more thirsty when it is hot outside, even if they haven’t stepped outdoors except to get the morning mail. Make sure your dog’s water dish is filled with water, and if it is outside, make sure it stays cool and clean as well.

We all love summertime, but most of all we love our pets. Take care this summer, and make sure your pet it kept cool, well groomed, hydrated, and healthy. It will make your pet happier, and you will be able to thoroughly enjoy the lazy summer days with your best friend this coming summer.