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Copyright 2011 Edition, 124 pages, softcover, b/w 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, Coffman covers a step-by-step schedule for the lifetime care of an 8-week-old puppy to a senior dog of 18 years. There is an extensive section on conditioning and pre-season exercises.

Coffman 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 dog's 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, Coffman covers the use of supplements: how and when to add them to your dog's 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. Coffman covers the essentials of good conformation, good bone structure, and good gaits.

There is a section on healthcare, 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
      1. Modified Static Sire Program
      2. The King Ranch Method
      3. The German Method
      4. Simple Individual Selection Program
      5. Weighted Indexing System
      6. The Backyard Plan
  • Chapter 14: Why I Don't Line Breed in My Own Kennel
  • Chapter 15: The Motherline
    • Sex-linked Inheritance and 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
    1. Lyme Disease
    2. Leptospirosis
    3. Canine Parvo Virus
    4. Canine Heartworm Disease
    5. Spotted Fever
  • Chapter 23: Orthopedic Problems
    1. Hip Dysplasia
    2. Cruciate Injuries
    3. Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Chapter 24: Other Situations
    1. Exercise Intolerance
    2. Exercise Induced Collapse in Labrador Retrievers
    3. CNM in Labrador Retrievers
    4. Otitis Externa
    5. Grass Awns
    6. Heatstroke
    7. Interdigital Cysts
    8. Myths About Fleas
    9. Snake Bite
    10. Common Poisonings
      1. Rodenticide Poisoning
      2. Anti-Freeze
      3. Marijuana
      4. Chocolate
      5. Snail Bait
      6. Von Willebrand's Disease
      7. Bloat
  • Chapter 25: A Day in My Truck



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