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JAVMA (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association) recently published a review of Phyllis Holst's book, Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide (3rd Edition).
"The third edition of Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide is a wonderful tool for novices as well as experienced breeders who wish to delve into the world of canine reproduction. It can also easily serve as a powerful tool for veterinarians with an interest in reproductive medicine and as such should be included as an excellent quick reference. The author is a veterinarian with over 40 years of experience with dogs who does an excellent job of discussing all aspects of canine reproduction in a straightforward and simplified manner using language and terms that are appropriate for breeders or laypersons while also providing medical information and scientific data in a practical and engaging format for veterinarians...Perhaps most endearing for readers is the author's ability to provide the material with both humility and humor, often correcting or clarifying statements made in previous editions. This book is certain to be a valuable reference for breeders and veterinarians and should be part of their libraries, where it will be used time and again."
THE ONLY BOOK ON DOG BREEDING WRITTEN BY A
VETERINARIAN WITH EXTENSIVE RESEARCH IN THE FIELD WHO IS ALSO A BREEDER/EXHIBITOR
• How to select the right breeding stock
• The breeder’s responsibilities and ethical considerations
• Predicting ovulation, planning the optimum time to mate, handling the mating
• Cooled and frozen semen, vaginal cytology, progesterone tests, ultrasound,
trancervical insemination, surgical insemination
• Prenatal care of the bitch, whelping, postnatal care
• Care of the newborn puppies, sick or weak puppies, problems
• Reproductive problems in the dog or bitch
Trade paperback, 6 x 9”, 276 pages, color photographs, illustrations, charts, selected references, glossary, index
AUTHOR PHYLLIS A. HOLST MS, DVM
Dr. Holst’s interest in dogs as a hobby, and dogs as a career in research, eventually led her into veterinary school. It seemed to be a natural extension of both interests. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1977 and has been in small animal practice since that time. Reproductive problems and breeding management have continued to be her specialty.
Her first gainful employment after college was at the Collaborative Radiological Health Laboratory, Colorado State University. The lab was a major research center studying the long-term effects of low-level irradiation on Beagles. Part one of the project was being undertaken at that time: to study prenatal development in the dogs so that the organism being irradiated could be better understood. The director of the lab, Dr. Robert Phemister, was especially interested in the reproductive research, and under his leadership, Phyllis became more involved in research, growing gradually away from the histopathology lab.
Her master's thesis as a result of that research was a study of the development of the canine embryo from conception to implantation—work that had not been done in a complete way before. The thesis, along with several other studies, was published and is now a permanent part of the literature. The time of ovulation and its relation to LH levels and to vaginal cytology were important parts of the research being done at that time. Recognizing the onset of diestrus and its relationship to other important reproduction processes is probably the single most important knowledge to have come from the research.
Holst’s Sarabande Shelties provided the opportunity to become involved in showing and breeding dogs, which has continued to be a most enjoyable hobby. The sixth generation of Sarabande Shelties now lives happily with the author.
CANINE REPRODUCTION CONTENTS
FOREWORD by Dr. Quentin LaHam
1. SO, YOU WANT TO BE A BREEDER!
2. WHERE PUPPIES COME FROM:
Development and Anatomy of the Bitch
3. MORE WHERE PUPPIES COME FROM:
Development and Anatomy of the Male
4. HORMONAL CONTROL OF REPRODUCTION
5. STAGES OF THE ESTROUS CYCLE
6. EVERY BITCH HAS HER OWN STYLE:
Physical Aspects of the Estrous Cycle
7. WHERE TO LOOK WHEN YOUR EYES
CAN'T SEE ENOUGH: Vaginal Cytology
8. SEX AND THE SINGLE DOG:
9. SUCCESS COMES WITH SOUNDNESS:
10. HOW TO GET PUPPIES WHEN YOU
REALLY WANT THEM: Breeding Management
11. A LITTLE HELP NEVER HURT:
12. THE WHY AND WHY NOT OF HORMONES:
13. FEEDING TIPS FOR HEALTHY PUPS:
14. NINE WEEKS TO WAIT:
Pregnancy—The Whole Story
15. PUPPIES ALWAYS COME IN THE MIDDLEOF THE NIGHT:
16. NATURE'S PERFECT FOOD: Lactation
17. PUPPIES, PUPPIES, PUPPIES: Pediatrics
18. NEWBORN PUPPIES IN TROUBLE
19. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG: Reproductive
Problems in the Bitch
20. THE OTHER HALF: Reproductive
Problems in Males
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
REFERENCES AND SUGGESTIONSFOR FURTHER READING
REVIEWS OF CANINE REPRODUCTION
"The 3rd Edition of Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide is a wonderful tool for novices as well as experienced breeders who wish to delve into the world of canine reproduction. . . . Breeders . . . will find the material detailed and accompanied by thorough explanations of commonly required skills such as assistance during whelping, tube feeding, or removal of dewclaws, which will enable them to safely perform many of these tasks at home. Veterinarians seeking a deeper knowledge will find concise data on all aspects of canine reproduction, with many original tables, diagrams and charts provided by the author on the basis of her own experience as well as on the basis of data from well-known researchers."
— Ana Adams DVM, MS, DACT in Vet Med Today, JAVMA
“The accuracy and usefulness of this book are beyond reproach. It has become one of the most frequently referred to books in my library.”
— B. Christensen, Hunter’s Whistle
“This is a book you are going to want (need!) on your reference shelf if you are a serious breeder…..everything you want to know about canine reproduction (and more) is here. Expect to be informed. . . expect to learn.”
— Dogs in Canada
Canine Reproduction: The Breeder’s Guide should never go out of print. . .The success of this book will come because of the soundness of knowledge Holst imparts to the interested reader. Anyone interested in breeding dogs will simply have to have a copy.”
— The Poodle Review
“If there’s a ‘bible’ to be published on canine reproduction, this book aptly fits . . . simply the best book available on the subject. In this modern age of breeding technology and information, “why breed another litter without having read this book?” There is not one better to have in the breeder’s library.”
— The Dachshund Review