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Review: The Royal Treatment (Book)

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Book: The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach To Wildly Healthy Pets

Author: Dr. Barbara Royal

Publisher: Emily Bestler Books/Atria

DogTipper Review: Dr. Royal, a Chicago-based veterinarian, is known as an innovator in the field of animal health. As the founder of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center and through her numerous publications, she has developed a unique approach to veterinary medicine, combining Western and Eastern influences with her extensive background in zoo and wildlife medicine. This “integrative approach” to animal health is grounded in her recognition that pets, like animals in the wild, have evolutionary needs which must be respected if they are to lead the happy, healthy lives they were born to have.

Depending on an individual animal’s needs, Dr. Royal’s patients at the The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center receive treatment tailored specifically for them and might include acupuncture, dietary changes and physical rehabilitation as well as traditional Western practices such as surgery and medication. As a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and as a featured vet on the Smithsonian Channel, Dr. Royal’s “integrative approach” has informed millions of pet owners and veterinary professionals alike.

The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach To Wildly Healthy Pets is the culmination of her years of casework and presents her unique style of healing in an entertaining and informative way. Dr. Royal’s passionate commitment to animal health shines through whether describing administering acupuncture to zebras in the wild or treating an arthritic house cat. Along with describing the reasoning and diagnostic analysis which led her to develop her integrative approach, she offers a wealth of practical advice to pet parents such as how to judge the nutritional value of commercial pet food and supplements, detecting pet pain, deciding which vaccines to give a pet, nonsurgical treatments for arthritic joints, and advice on getting essential information during a visit to the vet. The chapter on emergency care is alone worth the price of the book and should be required reading for all pet parents. It describes the signs which indicate an emergency situation, how to read them and the best response as well as how to deal with less serious pet medical problems at home.

Above all, Dr. Royal stresses the importance of working with nature instead of against it in the treatment of pet ailments. By encouraging natural healing powers through a blend of common sense, proper nutrition, ancient practices, and modern science, pets can achieve a natural healthy balance, often without invasive procedures.

The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach To Wildly Healthy Pets will be released on September 18, 2012 (Hardcover, MSRP $25).

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Disclosure: We received a copy of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach To Wildly Healthy Pets for review; we were not paid for our review and all opinions are entirely our own.