Your Sick Dog; A dog owner's guide to understanding and managing breeding, illness and injury By Nico Maritz BVSc, MRCVS
I needed a reference book on all-things-veterinary and
the editor was kind enough to send this book my way
for review. Your Sick Dog is an up-to-date work
published in the UK in 2004. Nico Maritz is a
practicing veterinary surgeon living in Lingfield,
The book is quite unlike any I have ever seen. Instead
of being written with sections for each disease, it is
written with sections on typical symptoms. For
instance, there is a chapter titled "My Dog is
Coughing." Unlike a book listing diseases, this book
might be useful before you visit to the vet.
Each chapter stands alone. In fact, you may
encounter the same information in multiple chapters -
as the disease may span multiple symptoms. Each
chapter has (where appropriate) a numbered flow-chart
which will assist you in preliminary diagnosis. The
numbers refer to detail in the chapter.
The book is not intended to replace a visit to the
vet, but rather is intended to help the dog owner in
understanding the conditions that are typically
encountered in veterinary medicine. Most notably, the
mention of specific medicines and dosages are missing
in many places. Besides the fact that a vet would have
to prescribe these anyway, this was probably necessary
in order to keep the book from being obsolete before
the ink dried.
"This book is intended to empower the dog owner by
helping them to understand every aspect of the
veterinary care of their pet and to demystify the
visit to the vet. The intention is that the vet and
the dog owner should meet on more equal terms and be
able to discuss the care of the dog more fully."
The book also has an excellent chapter on breeding and
pregnancy in dogs.
Illustrations in the book are just wonderful. They
make skimming through the book rather interesting.
However, the book is more likely to be useful when
something comes up. And as all dogs owners know,
something will come up. So its a good reference to
have on hand.
Copies of this book are available from:
Spaniel Journal Bookstore
Your Sick Dog
A dog owner's guide to understanding and managing breeding, illness and injury
by Nico Maritz BVSc, MRCVS
Swan Hill Press
ISBN 1 904057 36 5
Bill Fawcett resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, Cindy, and his springer, Jenna. He is a hunter, field trialer and member of the M-AHSC. He also maintains a public FB ESS pedigree database at
In his other life, he is
an electronics manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been active in the field of radio communications for over thirty years. He is anxiously
awaiting retirement so that he can play with dogs full time and leave those stupid radios behind.