Pet Care

Pets are a wonderful thing to have, but there’s more to it than slapping down a bowl of food and expecting them to be lovable. Pets have needs too, and learning how to care for your pet in a manner that benefits you both is half the fun.

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	 The Horse Care Handbook: a complete introduction to the world of horses

Edited by Ashley Wood
636.1 Hor

Designed for breeders and owners alike, Horse Care Handbook is an invaluable resource organized in an easy reference format which helps the reader specify the proper care for various horse breeds. Horse Care Handbook includes an introduction to the personality of the horse, and its view of the world, to help you toward a better understanding of your animal's behavior and basic requirements of day-to-day care: nutritional regimes, stable management, grooming, and tack selection. This book also provides essential reading on equine first aid, plus the preventative care needed to keep your animal in tip-top condition. --Grand Central Pub

	 Vet confidential: an insider's guide to keeping your pet healthy and safe

Louise Murray
636.089 Mur

A fantastic guide on how to tell you're working with a quality veterinarian plus a primer on specialty veterinary medicine and specialty services. Does a great job talking about vaccines, alternative medicine, and basics of paying for pet care. In the same vein as Speaking for Spot but a bit more concise for those with limited time. Honestly, considering using this to replace the packet of information we usually give to our new pet owners. An excellent read, will definitely check out some more of Dr. Murray's work. --From Cyndie's Goodreads review.

Animals in translation: using the mysteries of autism to decode animal behavior

Temple Grandin
591.5 Gr

Grandin is well known as an autistic person who works with animals, redefining both what is possible for autistics and the way we look at how animals think. Grandin explores the world of animal thought and compares it with both how typical humans and autistic humans think, illustrating her arguments with descriptions from her own research, the research of other animal behaviorists and psychologists, and anecdotal stories about animal behavior.--Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews

Awkward Family Pet Photos

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack
636.0887 Ben

We adore our pets, but let's face it--sometimes love makes us go a little overboard. Here is a pictorial tribute to the unbreakable bond between people and their pets!

Can we have one?: a parent's guide to raising kids with cats and dogs

Lynn F. Buzhardt and Sue D. Steib
636.0887 Buz

Practical recommendations for for raising children and pets together, explaining adjustments to anticipate and pitfalls to avoid. A convenient resource for parents considering pet ownership, or pet owners considering parenthood.

Cats: 500 questions answered

David Sands
636.8 Sa

British veterinarian Sands provides information in a Q&A format arranged in ten sections, including breeds, feeding, health, and fact and fiction. His insights regarding cat behavior are the most interesting. For example, there are more left-pawed cats than left-handed humans; cats don't like food that's been kept in the fridge because they prefer food to be "kill warm." Cat lovers will appreciate the latest expert answers to over 500 questions about their pets.

Cherished: 21 writers on animals they have loved and lost

Barbara Abercrombie
636.0887 Che

What do our beloved pets teach us and how do we move beyond loss to embrace and celebrate their memory? These remarkable stories go far beyond conveying the heartbreaking loss that pet owners experience when their pet dies. With rare literary texture and insight, they convey how pets fit into the messiness of life and how life changes because of them.

Citizen canine: our evolving relationship with cats and dogs

David Grimm
636.0887 Gri

In this fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award winning journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals. Grimm examines how the gray wolf became the dog and the wildcat became the house cat, and how both became a new class of animal: the companion. The legal evolution of cats and dogs from objects of no value to beings on the cusp of personhood is explored, with an in-depth look at the abandoned pets of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath legislation requiring that pets as well as humans be evacuated from natural disasters. Finally, the ramifications of granting legal rights to companion animals are discussed. Well researched and also very personable, this book will make readers think as they look into the eyes of those furry beings that share their lives.--Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know

Mary R. Burch
Adult Nonfiction – 636.70887 Bur

The definitive guide to the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program. Problems ranging from nuisance barking to attacks against children have many communities responding with restrictive laws and deep concern. Provides how-to tips for teaching each of the ten skills—and all of the techniques suggested are based on sound behavioral principles.

Complete guide to a healthy dog

Eve Adamson
636.7 Ada

Offers dog owners a comprehensive guide to keeping a dog healthy--from choosing a healthy dog, planning healthy meals, grooming for good hygiene, supplying preventative health care, reading common symbols, choosing a good veterinarian, and more.

Cute, furry, and deadly: diseases you can catch from your pet!

Christen Brownlee
614.56 Bro

It's real, if a tad sensational. Every pet owner has to muck around in the animal's juices occasionally so it's best to be prepared. Hopefully, the worst thing your pet ever comes home with is bad breath, but some furry friends can carry nasty germs, and that's where zoonotic disease researchers come in and investigate and stop animal diseases before they get you!

Gerbils: Everything About Purchase, Care, and Nutrition

Engelbert Kötter
Adult Nonfiction – 636.9358 Kot

These furry little creatures are playful and sociable animals that make fine pets for adults and responsible children. Information on feeding, health care, caging, breeding, and more.

The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook

Barbara Taylor-Laino
636.085 Tay

Offers seventy-five healthy recipes that nutritionally enhance pets' diets, and provides information on switching dogs and cats to a homemade diet and tailoring diets to pets' specific needs  for every age and stage of your pet's development .

Herbs for Pets: the Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet's Life

Mary L. Wulff-Tilford, Gregory L. Tilford
Adult Nonfiction – 636.089 Til

An indispensable, exhaustive tour through Western, ayurvedic, and Chinese herbs that grow in North America, including their holistic applications and contraindications, and alternative approaches to treating a wide range of ailments. Applicable to dogs and cats, as well as birds, small mammals, and even farm animals.

Horse Owners' Essential Tips: Grooming, Care, Tack, Facilities, Riding, Pasture

Philippe Meyrier
Adult Nonfiction – 636.1 Mey

"Ideal for new and veteran horse owners, this guidebook is filled with useful tips and advise on how to care for one's horse. Tips include how to keep one's horse healthy, safe, and of course, beautiful." —Publisher

Kinky's Celebrity Pet Files

Kinky Friedman
Adult Nonfiction – 636.0887 Fri

Candid, personal photos of the stars and their beloved animals. He's got musicians, like Johnny Cash and his pig, Brian Wilson with his dog, and Willie Nelson doing his best horse whisperer impersonation; actors and comedians ranging from Phyllis Diller with Miss Kitty to Richard Pryor on a pygmy pony; and a lineup of writers, politicians, and some heroes of the past. —Publisher

Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever

Rachel Toor
Adult Nonfiction – 636.9352 Too

"Artfully weaves extensive research and personal enthusiasm into a humorous treatise on the merits of rats, 'perhaps the world's most unfairly reviled species,' as pets. Well targeted to animal-loving teens, and Toor's conversational tone, wealth of information, and ebullience could sway many skeptics." —Publisher

Parakeet Care

Nikki Moustaki
Adult Nonfiction – 636.6864 Mo

Author of many books about the care and feeding of home bird care, Moustaki covers housing your parakeet, nutrition, taming and training, grooming, and health care.

The Pet Lover's Guide to Cat and Dog Skin Diseases

Karen L. Campbell
Adult Nonfiction – 636.7089 Ca
Series: The Pet Lover's Guide

Covers the most common topics of skin disease in small animals, their causes, and their medical management in a manner accessible to both veterinarians and pet owners. Divided into signs, causes, possible secondary consequences, treatment/management, and complications or what to look for. Other topics addressed include a healthy coat, bathing and grooming your pet, and preventive measures such as flea control.

The Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid & Emergencies

Thomas K. Day
636.089 Da
Series: The Pet Lover's Guide

The book offers an alphabetical list of both major and minor emergencies, their causes, signs, and first aid treatment. Both dogs and cats are included in each general category. In addition, the book describes CPR and includes suggestions for a pet first-aid kit, including which human drugs may be used on

Please Don't Bite the Baby (and Please Don't Chase the Dogs)

Lisa J. Edwards
Adult Nonfiction – 636.7088 Edw

"Certified professional dog trainer Lisa Edwards' endearing and entertaining journey to ensure that her household survives and thrives when she introduces her son to her motley pack of animals. As Lisa knows all too well, the dog/child relationship is simultaneously treasured, misunderstood, and sometimes feared. In a twist, Lisa's dog training techniques inevitably seep into how she navigates her first year with baby to mixed but enlightening results."—Amazon

Preventing and Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Shawn Messonnier
636.0896 Mes

The world's leading proponent of holistic veterinary medicine, Dr. Messonnier gives objective advice on how to blend conventional and alternative therapies to significantly enhance your pet's quality of life. In this comprehensive, up-to-date resource, a practicing vet equips pet owners with the knowledge they need to recognize and treat this debilitating condition. An expert on holistic pet care, Messonnier helps caregivers blend the most effective conventional and alternative therapies, including acupuncture for pain relief, nutritional supplements, diet, and exercise.

Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets

Jessica Pierce
636.0832 Pie

"Through a mix of personal stories, philosophical reflections and scientifically informed analyses of animal behavior and natural history, a bioethicist takes readers on a mindful exploration of the ethics and experiences of pet ownership, and asks if we are doing the right thing, keeping these independent beings locked up, subject to our control,"--NoveList

Tell me where it hurts: a day of humor, healing and hope in my life as an animal surgeon

Nick Trout
636.0897 Tro

An insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the 21st century. Dr. Trout, an Englishman who is a staff surgeon at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, takes the reader on a vicarious journey through 24 intimate, heartrending hours in his life; his wry, companionable voice offers enlightening anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners --From publisher description.

The Tellington ttouch: caring for animals with heart and hands

Linda Tellington-Jones with Sybil Taylor
636.0887 Tel

Combining traditional veterinary medicine with therapeutic bodywork, animal trainer Linda Tellington-Jones has created a revolutionary method of animal healing. Tellington-Jones offers advice for solving problems common among pets, including the fear of the veterinarian, difficulties with training, and the fear of contact. This book introduces an effective method of improving animals' health and temperaments.

Training Your Guinea Pig

Gerry Bucsis, Barbara Somerville
Adult Nonfiction – 636.9359 Buc
Series: Training Your Pet

Guinea pigs are docile, easy to care for, and are capable of learning tricks. This book advises on keeping healthy and contented guinea pigs, and suggests activities that will amuse both the pets and their owners.

Two Dogs and a Parrot

Joan Chittister
636.0887 Chi

Heartwarming stories and thought-provoking reflections about sharing life with an animal companion. It illuminates the significance of the deep bond between humans and animals and invites us to embrace and celebrate our animal friends.

Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor

Dr. Laurie Hess, Samantha Rose
Adult Nonfiction – 636.089 Hes

An exotic animal veterinarian's experiences testify to the power and depth of human-animal bonds, with take-away life lessons about our most important human relationships.