Book Tour + Review: Dog Health Care by Rachele Baker, DVM


PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

RELEASED: December 12, 2017

GENRE: Health & Care, Animal Care & Pets, Dog Training


The must-have book for dog owners written by an experienced veterinarian and dog lover.


You may be able to help your dog avoid developing medical problems like skin infections, ear infections, and more, by following the simple preventative care recommendations that Dr. Baker discusses in this book.  Preventative care is much less expensive than paying for veterinarian exams, diagnostics, and treatments for your dog when your dog develops medical problems. 


Dr. Baker answers some of the most asked questions from dog owners. Is it normal for dogs to have bad breath? What vaccines does your dog really need? Does it really matter what food you feed your dog? In this book, Dr. Rachele Baker shares the knowledge that she has acquired during more than sixteen years as a practicing veterinarian. Even people who have had dogs for years will be sure to learn something new in this book! 

Dr. Baker 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. Dr. Baker wrote this book to provide dog lovers with the information they need to keep their dogs healthy in a simple, brief, yet comprehensive, manner.


Praise for this book:

“Loved it from start to finish. Informative, creative, and intelligent.” – Denise, Goodreads.

“Clear, comprehensive, and easy-to-read. Refreshingly well-written and covers everything one might need to know as a dog owner.” – Bella, Amazon.


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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. Rachele likes to try new restaurants, go to local festivals, hike the many beautiful trails around her home, and explore California wine regions.


Rachele has been working as a veterinarian in California caring for dogs and cats for seventeen years. 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.


Rachele has written and published a number of interesting and helpful articles about pet health and resources for pet lovers on her website. Check it out!


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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) discourages feeding dogs any animal-source protein that is raw or undercooked. An article on the AVMA website states: “Several studies reported in scientific journals have demonstrated that raw or undercooked animal-source protein may be contaminated with a variety of pathogenic organisms, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. Dogs may develop foodborne illness after being fed animal-souorce protein contaminated with these organisms. Secondary transmissions of these pathogens to humans has also been reported.” There are no scientific studies that show that there is any health benefit to feeding dogs raw meat based diets. However, there are numerous studies that show that there are health risks for dogs eating raw meat based diets including nutritional deficiencies, bacterial infections, and risks associated with eating bones.

Dogs are a man’s best friend. Why wouldn’t you want to treat them as well as you want to be treated. Health care should be a vital part of your every day routine for yourself, so why not add on the health and welfare of your best friend too…because they can’t do it themselves. They need your help to love them and ensure that they are getting the best care and treatment possible to prolong their life and happiness. Baker has a wonderfully written guide to seven simple ways of keeping your dog healthy.

In this short guide, Baker discusses some things that are pretty common knowledge to dog owners; however, there are some items of concern that may be something to pay attention to. For instance, dogs are great companions and they can be terrific motivators for losing weight and exercising. Did you know that dogs can hide pain by internalizing it? That is a sad, yet harsh concept for some to accept. Dog owners generally want their furry friends to be as happy as possible, so little tips and tricks that Baker suggests can really change the outlook of your friend’s daily perspective on life. Readers may also find it interesting just how similar dogs and humans really are by reading these simple steps to keeping your dog healthy. Bottom line, if you read this and think that you are doing everything right, you should be on the right path of having a healthy friend. If you read this and feel like there are some things that are lacking in your health care routine, knowledge is power and its never too late to start using it to improve your furry friend’s lifestyle.

Baker has a strong and informative guide to keeping your dog healthy. The content is credible and easy to read. If you enjoy reading animal and pet care or think that you might benefit from reading this guide should you have a furry friend, this may be perfect for you.


This book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM.


Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition For Dogs and Puppies

Feeding puppies from postweaning to adult

The quality of nutrition that puppies receive plays a vital role in their health and directly affects their immune system, their rate of growth, and their skeletal development.

Until they reach full skeletal maturity, puppies should be fed a good quality commercial puppy food that meets AAFCO nutritional adequacy standards for growing puppies. Small and medium-sized dogs typically reach skeletal maturity by one year old. Large and giant-breed dogs may not reach skeletal maturity until fifteen to eighteen months old.

Puppies should not be fed adult dog foods until they reach full skeletal maturity.

Small and medium-sized dogs (up to 55 pounds as adults) usually reach about fifty percent of their adult weight at about four months old. Dogs with adult weights above 55 pounds usually reach about fifty percent of their adult weight at about five months old.

Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is essential for normal nervous system, vision, and hearing development in puppies. It has also been shown that DHA in puppy foods improves trainability. Therefore, DHA is considered essential for growing puppies.

Puppies do not need vitamin or mineral supplements when they are being fed good quality commercial puppy foods.

The amount of energy and calcium in diets for large and giant breed puppies needs to be regulated to help prevent developmental orthopedic diseases such as angular limb deformities and hip dysplasia. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed Large Breed Puppy food exclusively.

In addition, any treats fed to large and giant breed puppies should have calcium levels similar to that found in their Large Breed Puppy food.

It should be noted, however, that regulating the amounts of energy and calcium that large and giant breed puppies receive by feeding them Large Breed Puppy food may not completely prevent developmental orthopedic diseases because there is a hereditary component to these diseases.

Most large and giant breed puppies will increase body weight and muscle mass after twelve months old. Slower growth during their first year of life due to regulated amounts of energy and calcium in their food does not have negative effects on their adult body size.


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