We asked Gary Richter, DVM – frequent Bay Woof contributor and past recipient of our Beast of the Bay award for Best Veterinarian – to tell our readers about some canine health books worth adding to the shelf.
He and his staff operate two clinics – Montclair Veterinary Hospital, which handles general veterinary medicine, and Holistic Veterinary Care (HVC), devoted exclusively to holistic therapies for pets. HVC recently moved to 4382 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. Check this month’s calendar on page 20 for details about the grand opening celebration on May 12. More info at www.holisticvetcare.com and www.montclairvethospital.com.
Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life
By Greg L. Tilford & Mary L. Wulff
BowTie Press, 2nd edition, 2009, 325 pages This is an excellent resource for treating pets with Western herbs. Greg Tilford is an excellent herbologist with years of experience and the book is full of herbal solutions to problems commonly faced by pets.
Four Paws Five Directions
By Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
Celestial Arts, 1996, 416 pages
This book is a brilliant explanation of Chinese medicine and how it applies to dogs and cats. It is written in language everyone can understand. The book covers basic Chinese medical principles as well as specific treatment recommendations.
Releasing Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential
By Richard Palmquist, DVM
CreateSpace, 2010, 202 pages
Dr. Palmquist has provided an excellent reference for pet owners to evaluate their pet’s health. He also explains many complementary and alternative treatment options such as acupuncture, muscle response testing, stem cell therapy, and others.