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Here's our All Hands on Pet book review. The full title is All Hands on Pet - Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets, and the book is written by veteran physical therapist Susan E. Davis. Inside you'll find deep information for dogs and later in the book even ideas for cats, birds, and other pets. I only read the dog parts. Here's what I think about the book.
All Hands on Pet includes insights on physical therapy methods based on life-stage and specific medical conditions, including some where certain physical therapy strategies aren’t a good idea.
The chapter on puppies is particularly useful, even if you're a longtime dog person.
Many of the photo illustrations give keen instruction on proper techniques.
You'll find good ideas for dogs facing specific situations, including:
All Hands on Pet is definitely a good resource book for high-end dog people who want to know how to use physical therapy methods throughout their dogs' lives. If you're going to read it front to back, my guess is that you will also want to go back and re-read the sections that apply to your specific situation.
I got a good laugh too, when I realized that the book's foreword was written by a friend Jana Rade author of Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which we've also reviewed here on the blog. So, I'm reading along, and thinking, "Wait, I don't remember the author mentioning having a dog named Cookie. The only person I know with a dog named Cookie is Jana."
Davis dedicates the book, in part, to her Heart Dog, Penelope, who "was suddenly and tragically taken from this life during the last weeks of the book's publication." All of us were so sorry to hear the news. All hail Penelope and much love to those who love her.
All Hands on Pet book review wouldn't be complete without a few fair warnings.
How-to content? Based on the how-to in the book's title, I expected more step-by-step content in the book with how-to strategies.
Not an easy read, at times. In addition, several parts of All Hands on Pet are dense with technical explanations and details. Even for someone like me, who has written about veterinary medicine for 20+ years, All Hands on Pet is not an "easy" read. I had to slow down at times and cipher through the meaning -- often re-reading sections several times to figure out if I understood.
Charts too tiny to be readable. One of the very best ideas in the book about keeping detailed charts for the care of elderly dogs is hampered by chart graphics that are unreadable (at least for me). Even with my reading glasses on top of my contacts OR taking out all my vision correction and holding the book mere inches from my eyes, I could not read a couple of charts in the book.
I do some strength, stretching, and range-of-motion work with Clover on the advice of our rehabilitation veterinarian. I've shared both the chart we use and some video of our work, if you'd like to take a look.
People sometimes contact me after reading the pet loss book I wrote (called Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate). People often ask about feeling guilty about getting a new dog after your dog dies. I have a theory about love that might help.
Looks like I waited TOO LONG to write about our success completely rebuilding Clover's agility teeter-totter training last summer. It was going so well that Clover even did the agility teeter-totter at our group class in early October 2017. Alas, in recent weeks, Clover has gone back to treating the agility teeter-totter like her sworn enemy (again). If nothing else, dog training gives people the chance to practice patience and creativity. Thank goodness I shot some video of what worked last summer so that I can try the same things again. Cute 1-minute video ahead.
I pay an annual membership fee (to JibJab) so that I can make silly holiday videos (for all major holidays). It's almost embarrassing how much these videos make me laugh. If you need a giggle break amid your own holiday hubbub, don't miss Clover and Tori starring in Elf Fun Factory, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Super Santa, and Twinkle All the Way. (P.S. I make a cameo in one of the videos!)
Clover saw the board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist again last Saturday. We rechecked her CBC (complete blood count), and I'm happy to report things continue to improve. I even made a neat chart to explain how things look with her latest canine neutrophil counts. Yay!