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.

Art of keeping snakes

Philippe De Vosjoli
Adult Non-Fiction - 639.396 Dev

Learn how to set up and maintain vivaria, which snakes are the best display snakes, and how to handle, feed, and care for them.

The Bearded Dragon Manual

Philippe De Vosjoli
Adult Nonfiction - 639.3955 Dev

Reptiles are popular pets, and it can be argued that the bearded dragon is the best reptile to keep as a pet. This newly updated and expanded edition of the best-selling The Bearded Dragon Manual promises to excite new and seasoned herp enthusiasts with its in-depth discussion on all aspects of dragon keeping and its brilliant color photography.

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.

The Cat Owner's Manual

David Brunner
Adult Nonfiction - 636.8 Br

Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Cat Owner’s Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with dogs? How can I maintain a quality exterior finish? And why does my model always drink from the bathtub? Whatever your concerns, you’ll find the answers here—courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced cat owners.

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.

The Chicken Health Handbook

Gail Damerow
Adult Nonfiction -636.5 Dam

Healthy chickens are happy chickens. This one-of-a-kind reference book covers the health problems that plague chickens of all breeds and ages. Practical charts identify common symptoms and causes of infection, while an alphabetic listing of diseases provides advice on treatment. You’ll find helpful descriptions of troublesome ailments of all types, from poor egg production to crooked toe syndrome. Practical remedies and gentle preventative care measures will help your beloved flock stay happy, healthy, and safe.

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.

A Complete Practical Guide to Caged & Aviary Birds

David Alderton
Adult Nonfiction - 636.68 Ald

This is an essential reference manual for bird-keepers of all levels - from the novice looking to keep a single pet bird indoors to the seasoned breeder wishing to extend an existing aviary collection. A close look at more than 250 examples provides a fascinating insight into the coloration, characteristics, weaknesses and breeding habits of each of the major groups.

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!

Dr. Pitcairn's complete guide to natural health for dogs & cats

Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn.
Adult Nonfiction - 636.7089 Pit

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised--for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.

Fish : keeping and caring for your pet

Angela Beck
Adult Nonfiction - 639.8 Bec

Discusses how to choose and care for fish, including diet, behaviors, tank requirements, and profiles on different species of fish and aquatic plants.

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

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners

Monks of New Skete
Adult Nonfiction - 636.7088 Mon

Thoroughly revised to incorporate the latest trends in training and reflections on the canine-human relationship, a new edition of the classic illustrated guide to dog training helps thedog owner understand his dog's nature, know when and howto discipline, and to select a dog breed that is appropriate tothe owner's lifestyle.

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.

The Rabbit Book : A Guide to Raising and Showing Rabbits

Samantha Johnson
Adult Nonfiction - 636.9322 Joh

This invaluable resource contains everything you need to know about selecting and caring for healthy rabbits, whether you keep pet bunnies or exhibit animals as National FFA Organization or 4-H youth projects. Advice on feeding, housing, and much more will help you set up your own rabbitry.

Rabbits: Everything About Selection , Care, Nutrition, Behavior, and Training

Sharon Vanderlip
Adult Nonfiction - 636.9322 Van

A pet owner's complete manual for the raising and care of rabbits, including health, selection, breeding, food, and showing.

Setting up a Tropical Aquarium : week-by-week

Stuart Thraves
Adult Nonfiction - 639.34 Thr

This encyclopedic reference presents clear, step-by-step, practical advice in a convenient week-by-week progression. From day one to week 12, detailed step-by-step photo sequences show you how to correctly set up a tropical freshwater aquarium and avoid the common pitfalls of fish keeping so that you will have an aquarium to enjoy not for weeks or months, but for years.

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.

What's wrong with my snake?

John Rossi and Roxanne Rossi.
Adult NonFiction - 639.396 Ros

In this newly updated edition, veterinary and herpetocultural experts provide answers to the frequently asked question, what's wrong with my snake? This fact-filled book addresses the wide range of physical and behavioural problems that can occur during a snake's life, such as parasite infestation, respiratory infection, loss of appetite, and aggression.