Book Review and Giveaway: Vet Confidential by Louise Murray, DVM

7 years ago

Vet Confidential – An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health is a must have for every pet parent’s library.  Written by an experienced and highly respected authority in the veterinary world, this book is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to ensure high-quality  health care for your furry family members.  

While much progress has been made in veterinary medicine, there is still a wide disparity in the level of care provided for pets, and choosing a veterinarian can be a daunting proposition.   Without knowing what to look for, pet owners may unknowingly wind up with substandard care.  Dr. Murray presents thorough information on a variety of topics, such as

  • how to choose a veterinarian
  • what to look for during your pet’s exam
  • when it’s time to seek a specialist
  • how to make sure your pet is properly monitored and protected during anesthetic procedures
  • proper pain management for your pet
  • the lowdown on vaccinations
  • the growing realm of alternative veterinary medicine
  • the latest pet insurance plans

I was particularly impressed with the chapter on the use and misuse of steroid medications.  This is one of the most notorious issues in the practice of conventional veterinary medicine, and many veterinarians are frustrated by what they feel is a misuse of this drug by some in the profession.  Dr. Murray looks at the issues surrounding steroids one by one, and explains why these drugs need to be used judiciously.

Filled with solid information and a variety of check lists and work sheets to help the reader put the information  in the book to practical use, this book will help pet parents become knowledgeable and effective advocates for their pet’s health.

I’m giving away one copy of this book to one lucky reader.  For a chance to win, please leave a comment telling me why you want to win this book .  For an extra chance to win, tweet about the giveaway or share on Facebook.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 4.

Louise Murray, D.V.M., is the director of medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.  Dr. Murray is a specialist in veterinary internal medicine and has appeared on national and local television, including ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and American Morning, CBS’ The Early Show, and more.  She lives and works in New York City.
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