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Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs by Martin Coffman

Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs by Martin Coffman

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2011 Edition, 124 pages, soft cover, black and white illustrations

Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs is a landmark book. This is the first book that gives the hunting dog owner comprehensive information and guidelines for the lifetime health care of their hunting dogs. Martin Coffman is the past president of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. He worked as the Sporting Dog Technical Veterinarian for the Iams Company. He is currently a practicing vet who specializes in sports medicine. Martin owns and breeds Deustch Drahthaars. He is an avid hunter and active in many breed clubs and hunting dog organizations.

In Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs, Martin covers a step-by-step schedule for the lifetime care of an eight-week-old puppy to a senior dog of 18 years. There is an extensive section on conditioning, and pre-season exercises.

Martin also covers the importance of breeding, how to select a dog for breeding, and how to develop a solid breeding program. Dog nutrition and its importance in performance are covered, including the role of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in a dogs diet, and the type of dog food that gives a dog the necessary food for optimum performance. Along with the best time to feed a dog, Martin covers the use of supplements: how and when to add them to your dogs diet.

Good conformation is important for a dog to be able to continue to hunt hard in the field. Too often dogs with poor conformation break down and are unable to hunt hard after middle age. Martin covers the essentials of good conformation, good bone structure, and good gaits.

There is a section on health care, including vaccinations, and on skin and coat care. The common orthopedic problems and conditions in hunting dogs and how to treat them are covered in full. Sports Medicine for Hunting Dogs is an essential book for bird dog hunters who want the best performance and care for their canine companions.

Table of Contents:

Biographical Sketch

Author's Note

Breeding and Reproduction

  • Chapter 1: History and Background
  • Chapter 2: Kennel Management
  • Chapter 3: Getting Her Bred
  • Chapter 4: Artificial Insemination
  • Chapter 5: Pregnancy
  • Chapter 6: Pre-Whelping
  • Chapter 7: The Actual Whelping
  • Chapter 8: The C-Section
  • Chapter 9: The Newborns
  • Chapter 10: Hand-Rearing Orphan Puppies
  • Chapter 11: Canine Brucellosis
  • Chapter 12: Basic Genetics
  • Chapter 13: Breeding Programs
      Specific Breeding Programs
        Modified Static Sire Program
        The King Ranch Method
        The German Method
        Simple Individual Selection Program
        Weighted Indexing System
        The Backyard Plan
  • Chapter 14: Why I Don't Line Breed in My Own Kennel
  • Chapter 15: The Motherline
      Sex-linked Inheritance
        X-linked Recessive
  • Chapter 16: Breeding Myths
  • Chapter 17: The Importance of Conformation
  • Chapter 18: The Kennel Charter

    Conditioning The Hard-Hunting Dog
  • Chapter 19: Getting Started
  • Chapter 20: Nutrition
  • Chapter 21: Special Needs and Conditioning the Older Dog

    Health Care Concerns for Hunting Dogs and Their Owners
  • Chapter 22: Important Infections
      Lyme Disease
      Canine Parvo Virus
      Canine Heartworm Disease
      Spotted Fever
  • Chapter 23: Orthopedic Problems
      Hip Dysplasia
      Cruciate Injuries
      Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Chapter 24: Other Situations
      Exercise Intolerance
      Exercise Induced Collapse in Labrador Retrievers
      CNM in Labrador Retrievers
      Otitis Externa
      Grass Awns
      Interdigital Cysts
      Myths About Fleas
      Snake Bite
      Common Poisonings
        Rodenticide Poisoning
        Snail Bait
        Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Chapter 25: A Day in My Truck



  • Country of Origin: Made in USA.

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