Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain

Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain

by Michael Petty


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A comprehensive guide to diagnosing and relieving your dog's pain

You love your dog, and hate to see him in pain. But you don’t want to head to the vet’s office for hundreds of dollars worth of tests that might prove useless. Dr. Mike Petty understands this. He’s a “pain vet” – working with cutting-edge research to find the best way to relieve your pet's pain. In this book, he guides readers in three critical points:

1. How to determine whether a dog is in pain

2. How to find a veterinarian capable of treating these pain issues.

3. What treatments are available, and which are worth pursuing and which are not.

Dr. Petty offers clear descriptions of the treatments, both traditional and holistic. This guide offers the wisdom and support that dog owners crave in these situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581573091
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Michael Petty is a veterinarian and pain management specialist. He is the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital as well as the Animal Pain Center (www.animalpaincenter.com), both in Canton, Michigan. He is the immediate-past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the 2014 American Animal Hospital Association Pain Guidelines. A frequent speaker and consultant, Petty has also published articles in veterinary journals and elsewhere. He lives in rural Michigan with his wife and two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a hedgehog.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Recognizing Signs of Pain in Your Dog 7

2 Acute Pain 23

3 Causes of Chronic Pain 35

4 The Pain Exam: What the Owner Should Expect 49

5 Common Pain Medications for Your Dog 58

6 In the Pain World: 1+1+1=10 72

7 Muscle Pain and Trigger Points 84

8 Itching and Pain 90

9 Acupuncture-What's The Point? 97

10 Prosthetics? But My Dog Has Three Good Legs to Walk On! 114

11 Rehabilitation Therapy for Your Dog 123

12 Sticking Needles in Joints 136

13 Diets and Nutraceuticals: What Can You Believe? 141

14 Botanical Medications for Treating Pain 154

15 Shock Wave Therapy 162

16 Pain Relief Therapies Best Avoided 168

17 Future Pain Treatments 175

18 The Pain "Makeover" For Your Home and Dog 180

19 Home Exercises 190

20 Massage 212

21 I Have Been Thinking About Another Pet 217

22 Our Animals, Our Obligations 222

23 I Can't Afford To Treat My Pet. Now What? 229

24 When Chronic Pain Treatments Meet Quality-Of-Life Issues 236

Afterword 249

Appendix A Pain-Management Resources 251

Appendix B Common Painful Conditions By Breed 253

Appendix C Definitions Of Diseases 260

Notes 263

Index 269

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