Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs, by Dr. Nancy Kay
This is the best book I have found for preparing YOURSELF to take your dog to the vet the next time things go awry. This is why it is on my must read list for dog lovers. Dr. Nancy Kay does a fantastic job explaining what you should be aware of when it comes to the well being of your dog. And what you should be prepared for when visiting the vet. If you want to help your vet help your dog before all hope is lost this is an excellent book.
Unfortunately Rosettta Stone has not created a learning disk for speaking dog; all bad jokes aside. Unlike a human dogs need someone to fill in the blanks to better help diagnose the problem. However, Speaking for Spot also delves deeply in ways to prevent canine sickness and injury. It is one of those books where chapter after chapter is full of very useful information for dog owners. Dr. Kay also helps in the all important decision of when it is time to go to the vet and have available hen you arrive.
I will stick to my guns on this one, a dog owner is foolish not to have a copy of this book and not read this cover to cover. Speaking for Spot was the initial inspiration for reviewing books for dog lovers.