Written by leading veterinary specialists in the UK and North America, Ultimate Dog Care is the most comprehensive and accessible book of its kind -- a must-have for every caring dog owner. Starting with the dog's origins and evolution, The Wolf's Descent analyses the dog's physiological and psychological make-up, and shows how our dogs have carried some of their wolf ancestry with them to the present day. A chapter devoted to the Healthy Dog examines the signs of good health and ill health, and gives detailed information on preventative care and first-aid. The major systems are investigated, including the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, and the skin. This information is contributed by specialists who combine comprehensive coverage of injury and disease with practical advice on diagnosis, treatment, and everyday care. The dog's skeleton and musculature are described in Canine Structure, and associated diseases and disorders are tackled as well. The chapter also deals with the dog in motion and includes an analysis of different gaits. The canine senses, brain and nerve control, hormone control, plus learning and behavior, are examined in The Dog's World. The reader learns how each system functions, and expert advice is given on diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of related disorders. The Next Generation looks at breeding and reproduction, followed by A Question of Inheritance, which examines genetics. Whether you want to find out more about limiting hereditary diseases in your breed, or would just like to know how two black dogs can produce yellow puppies, this chapter provides fascinating insight. For those who enjoy the challenge of working their dogs, the Canine Athlete examines training and fitness regimes for all types of dog -- from the Agility hobbyist or 'weekend gundog' through to the top racing Greyhound or full-time scent hound. Finally, Alternative Approaches delves into the fascinating world of complementary treatments, ranging from acupuncture/acupressure, and herbal medicine, to Bach flower remedies, radionics, and canine physiotherapy. Practical Guides are featured throughout Ultimate Dog Care. These give hands-on advice to show readers how they can attend to various aspects of looking after their dogs. Whether it's working out the contents of a canine first-aid kit, planning worming programs, or how to bandage a wound, these guides provide hands-on advice that show readers how they can attend to various aspects of looking after their dogs. Illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs and detailed line drawings, Ultimate Dog Care is a must-have for every dog owner in the 21st century.