Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, 3rd Edition by James M. Griffin, MD & Liisa D. Carlson, DVM.
This book is a very good book to have. It is not too technical to
understand but it is not too simplistic either. It has a section on
common over the counter medications that are safe for your dog and the
proper dosage to give.
Caring For Your Dog, The Complete Canine Home Reference by Bruce Fogle, DVM. This
is another good book. It has a lot of color reference pictures. The
information is good. It gives the basics. It has a very good section
on Emergency Assessment, rescue breathing, and CPR.
The Breeder's Guide To Raising Superstar Dogs by Jerry Hope, CDBC. This is a good book for Breeder's and Trainers and deals with critical issues in socialization and development and how it affects dogs. I dare say that this book would be good for anyone looking to buy a new puppy because it will help in finding a good puppy from a good breeder.
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. This
book deals with behavior. It was, for the most part, a very good
book. I did not agree with everything that the author wrote, but in
general it provided a good basis from which to start.
The Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th Edition published by Merck & Co., Inc.
This is a good book only if you are able to understand very technical
terms and writing geared specifically towards veterinary medicine. I
do not recommend it for the average person though. If you have a good
scientific background in biology and life sciences you would probably
be okay with this book.