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I haven’t had a copy of Dr. Gary Richter’s new book, The Ultimate Pet Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, for very long, but my volume has already taken a beating, because I’m often looking something up or just thumbing through it.

It’s not often that a something as technical as a guide to veterinary health turns out to be a compelling read, but this book is just that. Richter, “America’s Favorite Vet” and a longtime contributor to Bay Woof, knows his stuff when it comes to veterinary medicine and displays an aptitude for conveying complexities in understandable terms in his guide. And you are sure to pick up dog (and, OK, cat) trivia that will make you sound like a genius.

Richter owns and operates two Oakland veterinary clinics, Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care, and is a well-versed practitioner of integrative care. He divides his book into three parts, highlighting nutrition, integrative medicine, and common diseases. There is a sprawling index, too, so hunting down topics of interest is a cinch.

In this issue, Bay Woof presents an excerpt from Chapter 20: Cancer, which begins on page 10. Scary stuff, cancer; it’s a diagnosis that puts fear and dread into the hearts of anyone whose pet must face it. Richter shares his wisdom on many aspects of cancer, from what causes it to how to treat it and many points in between. With this guide at your fingertips, you can rest easy that you’ll be able to determine a sound treatment plan for you beloved pooch no matter the malady, even cancer.

Also in this issue, there’s good advice for new puppy parents related to the importance of socialization, handling, and the training of a new furry family member.

And Bay Woof sends out special thanks to some outstanding volunteers who reliably and cheerfully do whatever it takes to keep their shelters and rescues running smoothly.

Finally, be sure to check out our many pages of adoptable dogs where you just may be able to find your new BFF.