The Last Chance Dog

The Last Chance Dog

and Other True Stories of Holistic Animal Healing

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Yogi, a scrappy Jack Russell terrier, has a pain in the neck and hasn't walked for weeks.
Nikita is a fifteen-year-old seal point Himalayan cat who has lost all interest in eating.
And then there's Angel, a curious cockatoo whose bacterial infections defy every antibiotic known to science.

Meet just a few of the remarkable, real-life characters in The Last Chance Dog, a collection of heartwarming, entertaining, and instructive tales as told by Donna Kelleher, one of the country's most esteemed holistic veterinarians. Here she recounts a series of complex and compelling cases, taking us through the intuitive art of diagnosing animals and curing them with safe, natural remedies -- such as acupuncture, herbal treatments, and chiropractic adjustments -- when conventional veterinary medicine has failed. In The Last Chance Dog, Kelleher offers advice on everything from vaccinations and pet-food shopping to affordable, easy-to-administer treatments for allergies, digestive problems, urinary tract infections, pain, hot spots, itchy skin, fear, and anxiety. Inspirational and nothing short of miraculous, the stories of ailing and recovering animals -- and the people who love them -- are as unforgettable as they are true.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743223027 | 
  • February 2004
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Chapter One: Goodbye Animal ER

Emergency medicine always caused a rush of emotions. Once, I remember, a golden retriever came in with a foot-long laceration spanning the width of his chest. I spent three hours stitching him back together. His owners called me two weeks later to say he was as good as new. I loved every time a tiny, comatose kitten popped back to his feet after I gave him a few drops of sugar solution and warmed him up. Usually, after I treated those kittens for parasites, dehydration, and anorexia, they miraculously recuperated. But over time, I began to worry about each animal who was not improving. Eventually, this worry... see more

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