Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

Non-Fiction - Animals
103 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2019
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Author Biography

Dr. Rachele Baker is a veterinarian, an author, an award-winning blogger at Rachele Baker, Veterinarian and Author (, and, of course, a pet lover. She lives in the beautiful state of California with her sassy Maine Coon cat named Chessie.

Rachele has been working as a veterinarian in California caring for dogs and cats since 2001. She received her B.S. from the University of California Davis in 1997 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

In her free time, Rachele enjoys exploring California including historic estates on Lake Tahoe, northern California wineries, and cute small towns and shops. She also enjoys hiking and loves spending time near the ocean. She is obsessed with the south of France and hopes to travel extensively there someday.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Whether you’re already a dog owner or plan to get yourself a pup soon, now is the time to invest in your dog’s future health and continuing happiness for you both! And you can do that immediately by acquiring a copy of Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker DVM. Even though our family has enjoyed four dogs over the past several decades, as I read Baker’s book, I realized how much I still didn’t know about proper dog nutrition, looking after dogs’ ears and teeth, along with recognizing the signs of something being very wrong with our beloved 4-legged friends.

Dr. Baker enlightens us on seven simple but key ways to keep our dogs healthy in short, easy to read chapters that make use of bold headings for quick reference. She also suggests, by name, the products that she, as a vet, most recommends for regular dog care. I certainly plan to look some of these up, especially after watching our dog struggle this past summer with tick bites and itching, infected ears brought on by environmental allergies.

It was also interesting to learn in detail what the various vaccines are for and what can happen if a dog isn’t protected. It was horrible to envision that some dogs can have up to 50 heart worms or to realize you might not recognize the lameness in a dog’s hind legs is not arthritis but the result of Lyme disease! You see, that lameness might not appear until months after the dog has been infected by a tick bite, and by then it might be too late to help your pet. Apart from purchasing this book…highly recommended…you might like to visit Dr. Baker’s website where you can download a “cheat sheet” for keeping your pet healthy.

Jack Magnus

Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy is a nonfiction animal health/wellness book written by Rachele Baker, D.V.M. While most dog owners are well aware of the importance of providing their furry friends with regular veterinarian checkups, many aren’t aware of the steps they can personally take to ensure the optimal health of their dogs. Baker is a dog lover, author and a veterinarian in practice in California since 2001. Her book covers the nutritional needs of dogs and demystifies the language found on many dog foods. She discusses the differences in feeding needs for dogs at all stages of their lives. Baker also shares strategies for helping one’s dog maintain a healthy weight and gives ideas on how to make exercise a fun and healthy experience for both the dog and her human companion. She also discusses dental care, fleas and ticks, and necessary vaccinations. Baker also provides two bonus chapters and a Cheat Sheet that give condensed information on the 7 ways to keep your dog healthy.

Dr. Rachele Baker’s Dog Health Care is an informative and accessible guide that should be on every dog’s owner’s bookshelf. I was especially interested in her advice on nutrition, weight control and exercise options. My Labrador retriever loves her food, as all Labs do, and keeping her both satiated and trim is an ongoing challenge. I’ve started following some of the author’s suggestions and have been pleased with the results. The information she provides on ticks is also invaluable as ticks seem to be everywhere and impossible to avoid. I appreciated Baker’s conversational style, choice of essential topics and down-to-earth attitude. Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy is highly recommended.

Heather Stockard

Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by veterinarian Rachele Baker is exactly what the title says; a manual for dog health care. It is written with the knowledge of a professional veterinarian and is filled with useful information and interesting facts. Chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight management, exercise, dental care, and veterinary visits. Baker also includes sections on diseases and parasites dogs face daily. There are detailed descriptions of different ticks, covering everything from what they look like to their life cycles and breeding habits. There are also a couple of bonus chapters with tips for giving your dog medications and information you should take to veterinary visits. Learn how to calculate your dog’s ideal weight, what foods make great, healthy treats and how to trick Fido into swallowing that dratted pill.

This book gives readers a very informative look at dog health care. The chapters are very in-depth and well written. Rachele Baker, an actual veterinarian, provides readers with useful, practical material. Any dog owner needs to know the things she talks about. The extra information on ticks and vaccinations is also helpful. The chapter on exercise is one of my favorites. Baker gives dog owners some fun suggestions for dog exercises for all kinds of owners, whether exercise buffs or the less fit. The dog dancing was a particularly neat idea, one I’d never heard of before. This book is a nice addition to any pet care collection and anyone who owns a dog would benefit from reading it.