Last month I received a message from Rachele Baker, DVM asking if I would like to read and review her new book, 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy. I told her I would be happy to help. You see, Dr. Baker started her blog about the same time in 2013 that I began Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog. I have a bit of a soft spot for her efforts because I know how hard each of us has been working over the years to grow our respective projects to support pet owners.
The Dr. Baker Veterinarian website covers all sorts of medical topics that show animal lovers how to keep their dogs and cats healthy for a lifetime. Her new book breaks down this healthy lifestyle into 7 easy steps.
What you’ll learn in 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy
I don’t know about you, but I seem to have less time each week to learn new information. It makes me appreciate books that cut through the fluff and get right down to the facts. That is exactly what 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy does. The book is divided into seven chapters; each one covering a specific health topic. Then there are two bonus chapters with “tips and tricks” for giving medication and the information you should take to your first veterinarian visit.
The chapters cover these 7 important subjects:
- Best nutrition for pets
- Using fun activities to keep your dog at a healthy weight
- How to properly care for your pet’s teeth
- Protecting against fleas and ticks
- Guarding against heartworm disease
- How to take care of your dog’s ears
- Vaccinations done the right way
In each chapter, Dr. Baker explains the medical facts behind the topic and the steps to take to implement them. I was especially interested in her explanation about nutrition.
Do you know the differences between the terms: Natural dog food, Organic food and Holistic ingredients? I see them all the time on labels, but I didn’t know what they meant. The book breaks down their definitions and introduces readers to the Association of American Feed Control agency who is responsible for overseeing pet food ingredients.
Another interesting fact I learned from the book
I think of myself as a germ freak when it comes to my pets. My dogs are bathed regularly, both the dogs and cats are brushed weekly and their teeth are cleaned daily (almost). I am proud that after every meal all of their food bowls are washed with dishwashing liquid and rinsed with warm water. This is all done to keep them from getting sick from airborne germs and bacteria.
That said, Dr. Baker’s book pointed out one area I had never thought about cleaning. It is the water bowl. I rinse the bowls, but I never washed them with dish soap. Water bowls can be a breeding ground for algae and bacteria. They get slimy if they are not properly cleaned. Now every morning, all 3 of my dog and cat water bowls are washed, rinsed and shining like new.
Where to find 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy
You can find Dr. Baker’s book on Amazon. Click here to read more about it. The book is a great reference guide that I keep on my desk. And if you head over to Amazon, please check out the review I wrote.
About Dr. Baker
Dr. Baker is a veterinarian, pet lover, author, and blogger. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up surrounded by animals. Dr. Baker just knew she was drawn to them when she crossed their path. Then while she ran a motel in Tahoe City, CA she decided to volunteer at a wildlife refuge. During that time, Dr. Baker helped the group raise, rehabilitate, and release back into the wild hundreds of baby birds. Dr. Baker said she loved the experience and it helped her find her true purpose in life.
At the age of 34, Dr. Baker went back to school. She received a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from the University of California Davis and then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Today Dr. Baker practices small animal veterinary medicine and shares her life with her Golden retriever, Savanna and her Maine coon cat named Chessie.