Book Review

The Veterinarian's Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats

Martin Zucker
Three Rivers Press

Excellent resources for pet owners, pharmacists, and veterinarians

These useful texts provide the reader with holistic approaches to the treatment of and healing techniques for diseases and disorders in dogs and cats. Both books are similarly organized and contain dozens of natural remedies for common conditions that afflict our most popular animal companions, as well as precise guidelines about when and how to administer those remedies to even the most resistant patients. For example, did you know that pumpkin pie filling is a good source of fiber for cats and dogs? What a great idea for a base in a compounded prescription! Each book also contains an excellent section on choosing a quality pet-food brand, recipes for homemade alternatives, and recommendations on proper diet and nutrition. Vaccination recommendations are included, as well as tips on how to prevent or minimize reactions to those immunizations. Holistic topics such as acupuncture, homeopathic medicines, and herbs are addressed. In part 2 of the books, many common medical conditions affecting cats and dogs are discussed in alphabetical order. Dozens of veterinarians’ recommendations for natural remedies are included, as are recommendations about nutritional supplementation and diet. These informative texts would be excellent books to sell in the pharmacy.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Sep/Oct 2002