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Book review

Annaliese Morgan worked as a veterinary Nurse for 15 years before she opened Fuchsia Pet Health Spa in July 2008.  She has written many articles, and 4 veterinary nursing text books over her years in the veterinary profession, and now has a book out that is aimed at pet owners.

Desperate Housepets sports a tagline on the cover that states it is ‘The Single Person’s Guide to Healthy Pets’. I have no idea why it is being marketed for single people, as the information inside it is equally as useful for people that are in a relationship, engaged, married, divorced or otherwise!

There is a wealth of information in this book but you’ll have to work reasonably hard to get at it. Mrs Morgan’s experience in writing textbooks comes through in her writing and some of the more technical chapters will be skimmed over by pet owners who don’t require a diploma-level knowledge of animal nutrition or parasitology. However, should you seek this level of understanding of these aspects of pet care, the details can be found between these pages.

There is a good chapter on ears, and another on teeth which should help any pet owner keep their pets body parts in good order. A special mention must go to the detailed explanation of the flea life cycle that every pet owner should be forced to read before taking their furry little bundle home, and the chapter on emergencies ( Call 999!) is also a must, in my opinion. There are also a number of Appendices that will prove invaluable to the majority of pet owners at some point.

This is a handy little volume which contains all those tips that vets really want their clients to know, but never have time to divulge. It retails at £12.99 and is available from Amazon.

I was sent a copy of ‘Desperate Housepets‘  to review and have another copy to give away. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this very useful book, reply to this post telling me who wrote this book before noon on the 8th July.

You’ll also get an extra entry if you follow me at @thevisitingvet so mention it if you do when you reply.

I will draw the winner at random in the afternoon of the 8th July and their name will be posted on my blog.