Aspca Complete Guide to Dogs Everything You Need to Know about Choosing and Caring for Your Pet

ISBN-10: 0811819043

ISBN-13: 9780811819046

Edition: 1999

Authors: Sheldon L. Gerstenfeld, Jacque Lynn Schultz, Roger A. Caras, Sheldon Gerstenfeld

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Illustrated throughout, this comprehensive guide offers practical information on selecting, feeding, grooming and training a dog.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Roger A. Caras was born on May 24, 1928 in Methuen, Massachusetts. At the age of ten, he went to work for 10 cents an hour cleaning the stables of abused horses seized by the Massachusetts ASPCA. During college, he did two tours with the U.S. Army, first in World War II and then in the Korean conflict. He graduated with a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California and worked as a motion picture executive for fifteen years. He found his true calling in following the tracks of animals in their natural habitats, and wrote over 70 books on animals. His first book, Antarctica: Land of Frozen Time, was published in 1962. His other works included A Perfect Harmony: The Intertwining Lives of Animals and Humans Throughout History, The Bond, and Going for the Blue: Inside the World of Show Dogs and Dog Shows. He also served as president of the ASPCA and was an advisor to the Walt Disney Company, assisting in developing Disney's Animal Kingdom. His television career began in 1964 with the position of House Naturalist on The Today Show. From 1965 to 1968, he worked with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 1975, he moved to ABC where he became a special correspondent for animals and the environment on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and 20/20, as well as nature and companion animal correspondent for Good Morning America. Caras had a radio show which was first aired in 1969 called Pets and Wildlife and was heard on the CBS, NBC and ABC Radio Networks. He died of complications of a heart attack on February 18, 2001 at the age of 72.

How to Use This Guide
How to Bring a Dog into Your Life
First Things First: Are You Ready for a Dog?
Matchmaking: Which Dog Is Right for You?
Dogs and Kids
Choosing Your New Pet
Finding a Mixed-Breed Dog
Finding a Purebred Dog
Unreliable Sources for Dogs
Choosing a Healthy Dog
Preparing Your Home for Your New Dog
Dog-Proofing Your Home
Shopping List
Welcoming Your New Family Member
A New Puppy
A New Adult Dog
Reference Guide to Dog Breeds
How to Use the Reference Guide to Dog Breeds
Breed Entries
Companion Dogs
Guardian Dogs
Herding Dogs
Northern Breeds
Scent Hounds
Sight Hounds
Sporting Dogs
What Makes a Dog a Dog?
How the Dog Came to Be Man's Best Friend
How Wolves Became Dogs
Dogs Through the Ages
How the Dog Works
Framework: Bones and Muscles
Heart and Lungs
Digestive and Urinary Systems
Reproductive System
Understanding Your Dog
Canine Body Language
Fight, Flight, or Freeze?
Dogs and Social Status
Dog Talk
Sniffing and Marking
Why Dogs Mount
Canine Play
Play with Humans
Sleeping Dogs
Taking Care of Your Dog
Everyday Care for Your Dog
Feeding Your Dog
Exercise and Play
Bathing and Grooming
Solving Behavior Problems
Traveling with Your Dog
Keeping Your Dog Healthy
The Mini-Physical Exam
You and Your Veterinarian
Common Canine Health Problems
Viral Diseases
Systemic Bacterial Diseases
Eye Problems
Ear Problems
Skin Problems
Musculoskeletal Problems
Mouth Problems
Digestive Problems
Respiratory Problems
Heart and Blood Problems
Endocrine System Problems
Urinary Tract Problems
Nervous System Problems
Reproductive System Problems
Home Nursing
Medicating Your Dog
First Aid
Handling an Injured Dog
Lifesaving ABCs
How to Stop Bleeding from a Wound
How to Tell If Your Dog Is in Shock
How to Handle a Broken Limb
What to Do If Your Dog Has a Seizure
What to Do If Your Dog Is Choking
What to Do If Your Dog Has Bloat
Reviving a Drowning Dog
What to Do If Your Dog Has Heatstroke
Removing a Fishhook from Your Dog's Lip
What to Do If Your Dog Is Poisoned
Bites and Stings
Poisonous Plants
The Beginning and End of Life: Times for Special Care
Mating, Pregnancy, and Birth
Older Years
Coping with Loss
When to Adopt Again
Glossary of Dog-Related Terms
Important Telephone Numbers
Breed Organizations and Kennel Clubs
Organized Sports and Showing
Recommended Reading
ASPCA Mission Statement
Picture Credits
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