“HE IS YOUR FRIEND, YOUR PARTNER, YOUR DEFENDER, YOUR DOG. YOU ARE HIS LIFE, HIS LOVE, HIS LEADER. HE WILL BE YOURS, FAITHFUL AND TRUE. TO THE LAST BEAT OF HIS HEART. YOU OWE IT TO HIM TO BE WORTHY OF SUCH DEVOTION.” - unknown
It is our responsibility as owners, of these amazing animals, to look after them unconditionally as is their love for us! Giving them shelter, food and love is not enough anymore. We as humans have become more conscious and aware of the results of a healthy diet with suitable exercise routines. Therefore our dogs can also be influenced by this healthy outlook and we can work towards giving them quality of life and prevent problems before they start.
Advances in veterinary medicine over the last twenty years has ensured our valued pets may receive the same quality of attention as humans. These animals now have access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, computed tomography (CAT or CT) scans, orthodontics, chemotherapy and radiation to treat cancer. The advances include pain management, surgical techniques and tools, anaesthesia, nutrition, diagnostic techniques and equipment, vaccination protocol, cancer treatment and also the availability of alternative medicine. Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, animal psychology, behaviour experts, homeopathic medicine and more is now available for our pets.
We must work with our veterinarians to ensure our dogs live a long, healthy and happy life. As owners of dogs, we must have the knowledge and confidence to apply first aid when an emergency occurs. The time taken getting an injured or very sick dog to a veterinarian could make the difference between life and death.
This book has been written to help you take the best possible care of your dog so that the two of you will share a long, lasting, healthy and loving relationship.