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Dr. Barbara Royal is a passionate, dedicated, and innovative veterinarian with a unique approach to medicine. Her patients have included countless different species from German shepherds at her private practice, to baby owls in the wild, to zebras in the zoo. Her clients are the humans who live for their pets, much like she does. Her ability to lend a voice to sick or injured animals and carry out the best treatment for them is unmatched.
An expert diagnostician with a background in zoo and wildlife medicine, Dr. Royal has learned that adhering to the teachings of Western medicine is often not the best way to fully cure her patients. With the clinical experience to know when to use surgery, medications, and alternative methods, plus an observant and empathetic understanding of the evolutionary needs of her patients, she individually tailors the Royal Treatment to ensure that each pet (and owner ) lives as happily and healthfully as possible.
The knowledge she has gained from wild animals gives her valuable insight into the cat in your kitchen and the dog in your living room. Our pets have all evolved from wild species and adapted to domestic life in many ways, but their natural characteristics are genetically fixed. In order for our pets to meet their full health potential, we must be mindful of these natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. Applying common sense in this way, along with the support of medicine, nutrition, elements of Eastern medicine, and physical rehabilitation, fosters an animal's natural inclination toward optimal health and immunity. There is no placebo effect in animal medicine, and Dr. Royal has seen amazing results with her integrative approach, time and time again.
A must-have for all pet owners, these pages shimmer with ingenious advice, insight, and scientific originality. But most of all, a veterinarian with heart comes through in every word. Dr. Royal empowers animal lovers to lift their pets into a realm of natural health and happiness that will be palpable from shiny coat to bouncy step.
Learn everything you need to know about taking care of your pet naturally, including:
- Functional nutrition and diet recipes
- Commercial pet food: recognizing the good, the bad, and the unhealthy
- How diet and protein levels specifically affect your pet's health and behavior
- Judicious use of herbs and medicines
- How to detect if your pet is feeling pain and where
- Noninvasive, nonsurgical treatments for genetically flawed hips and other arthritic joints
- How to know if your pet is happy
- How to clean your dog's, cat's, or rabbit's ears--the right way
- Pet supplements explained
- Which vaccines to give or not give your pet
- Evolutionary insights into your pet's behavior
- Getting your new puppy off to a perfect start
- How acupuncture works
- Geriatric wellness and end-of-life care
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Chicago-area veterinarian Royal, whose clients include Oprah Winfrey, combines guide book and memoir in one volume, illustrating her advice to loving pet owners with anecdotes from her own past, both happy and tragic. Royal, whose combination of Western and Eastern practices is decidedly unconventional, preaches respect for the animals we’ve made companions. Shaped by their shared histories with humans and by their predomestication evolutionary pasts, pets require appropriate treatment that isn’t driven by human fantasies about animals; carnivores cannot live on vegetables and simians cannot live on bread alone. This 10-section guide covers a wide range of subjects, from diet and litter management to humanely and ethically managing pets’ inevitable mortality. While trained in conventional techniques, Royal also values Eastern medical traditions and provides owners with discussion of what works for her and why. Written in an entertaining manner and supplemented with a suggested reading list, Royal’s book is a useful guide for anxious pet owners. Agent: Peter Miller, PMA Literary & Film Management. (Sept.)