||We've chosen some of the best pet books to list here.
Different books have different perspectives, and that's always valuable. Except
for the technical veterinary references, all of these books would make excellent gifts.
The books have been personally recommended by pet lovers or are rated very well by
reviewers on Amazon.com. The stars indicate the average rating books received by
readers on Amazon.
- The Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice:
Diabetes Mellitus. Guest Editors: Deborah S. Greco & Mark E. Peterson. May 1995.
Volume 25; #3. Saunders. ISSN 0195-5616. This book is no longer
available from the publisher but you may be able to get it from larger
libraries (or an inter-library loan). Brenda's
comment: My favorite, most useful veterinary book and it is devoted entirely to diabetes.
It is small but packed full of information. I recommend it to all, and it is quite
affordable. The last price listed was $31.00
for cats and dogs
||The 5 Minute
Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline by Larry Patrick Tilley (Editor), Francis W. K.,
Jr Smith (Editor). Hardcover 1997. Technical veterinary reference book with clear,
concise summaries. Might be too technical for most people but I have
found it to be an indispensable reference.
Handbook by Donald C. Plumb. Paperback - 880 pages 3rd pocket edition
drug book that includes drug uses, contraindications, mechanism of
action, metabolism, doses, contraindications, and trade names. I use
this book frequently. See
the next listing for a more owner-oriented book
Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200
Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements
by Shawn Messonnier. This
comprehensive guide discusses more than 40 common conditions or
diseases that can affect your pet and how they can be treated or
improved with natural medicine.
||The Pill Book: Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat
Important information about the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for cats and dogs.
Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble
Pitcairn. 1995. An A-to-Z encyclopedia of common pet ailments and their treatments
also features tips on a do-it-yourself pet checkup, recipes for healthier food, sources of
herbal and homeopathic supplies, and more. Easy to understand. Dr. Pitcairn suggests
you use the ideas that suit your beliefs.
of Natural Pet Care by C. J. Puotinen. Paperback - 300 pages 1998
Living With Cancer: A Pet Owner's Resource by Robin Downing.
Paperback - 142 pages (April 1, 2000). Dr. Robin Downing, a veterinarian who had to confront a cancer diagnosis in her dog, Murphy, found there was no one source for all the questions she faced. This resulting book is a complete guide to treatment and care. Written with the positive but realistic view that cancer does not always mean death, Dr. Downing asks many questions confronted by pet owners and answers them in a comprehensive and caring manner. We organized this book for ease of use and quick reference to all your concerns, including a glossary of terms common to cancer discussions and treatment.
General books for cats
||The Cornell Book
of Cats: A Comprehensive and Authoritative Medical Reference for Every Cat and Kitten.
Mordecai Siegal (Editor), et al.1997. Hardcover - 508 pages 2nd edition.
Current medical information that covers the
whole range of feline health. Outlines first-aid measures that should be taken before an
emergency trip to the veterinarian. Step-by-step instructions on in-home follow-up medical
||Cat Owner's Home
Veterinary Handbook. Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M. and James M. Giffin,
M.D. 1995 Hardcover Revised edition. Guidance for all aspects of feline care,
from day-to-day care to handling emergencies. Organized
by signs and symptoms, it also includes information on feeding and nutrition, medications,
pregnancy, and a special section on training.
The Well Cat
Book: The Classic Comprehensive Handbook of Cat Care by Terri McGinnis, Pat L. Stewart
(Illustrator). Paperback 1996. Teaches cat owners how to detect signs of illness,
diagnose problems, and begin home treatment--thereby avoiding expensive and often
unnecessary trips to the vet. Includes over 100 illustrations and step-by-step
Cat Care Book: All You Need to Know to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy
by Sheldon L., V.M.D. Gerstenfeld. Paperback - 280
pages 1989. A basic cat care book. Charts to help you
decide if your cat's illness needs immediate attention by a vet or may
be treated at home
|The Cat Who
Cried for Help; Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats
Dodman. Paperback - 256 pages (1999). Dr. Nicholas Dodman, professor of behavioral
pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the
Behavior Clinic, examines aggravating cat habits and undesirable behavior, and shows how
modifications in such areas as diet, exercise, and environment cause remarkable
improvements in the majority of problem cats. Vital to his treatment is maintaining the cat's
dignified and independent nature, an objective sure to please those cat owners irritated
by certain kitty traits but concerned first and foremost for the health and well-being of
|Housecat: How to
Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound by Christine Church. Hardcover - 193 pages 1998.
This is the most complete guide to creating a safe, healthy, stimulating world for your
cats written specifically for indoor-only cats. Its all here, from how to recognize and
alleviate stress to a rundown of every type of litter on the market to how to get cat hair
off your couch.
General books for dogs
||UC Davis Book of
Dogs: The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies. School of Veterinary Medicine Staff, Mordecai Siegal. 1995. 560 pages. Authoritative
guide for dog owners, breeders, and trainers. The 43 comprehensive chapters include
information on selection, nutrition, emergency care, the needs of older dogs, and more.
||Dog Owner's Home
Veterinary Handbook by James M. Giffin. Hardcover -
548 pages 3rd edition (November 1999). A wonderful reference with chapters on emergencies, worms, infectious
diseases, skin care, eyes, ears, nose, the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous,
musculoskeletal, and urinary systems, plus sex, whelping, pediatrics, geriatrics, and
chapters on cancers and medications. It identifies the possible causes, helps you
determine the severity of the condition, and indicates what treatments or actions to take
to best insure your dog's good health.
Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard, Kerry L. Brown. Paperback - 294 pages; 1995.
Several detailed reviews on Amazon.
||Living with Blind
Dogs. Caroline Levin. A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low Vision Dogs
|A-Z of Dog
Diseases & Health Problems: Signs, Diagnoses, Causes, Treatment
Lane, Neil Ewart. Hardcover - 256 pages; 1997
Club Dog Care and Training by American Kennel Club. Paperback - 214 pages; 1991.
Helping today's dog owner deal with dog care demands, there is a bounty of wisdom from the
most respected dog registry in the world. There is advice on selecting a dog, what
"papers" really mean, how to care for a puppy, and what every dog needs
throughout its life.
|Good Dog, Bad
Dog: Dog Training Made Easy by Mordecai Siegal, Matthew Margolis (Contributor)
Hardcover - 350 pages 1991. Practical guide to training dogs at home, offering
obedience training that works, yet does not alter the dog's personality or alienate his
affection. All the essentials are covered using love, praise, and affection as a
philosophy of training, and clear and effective solutions are provided for every kind of
behavior problem. 100 photographs.
Loss and Grief Support
Our Pet loss and Grief Support page has
a complete listing of some wonderful pet loss books. Some books that are
good for children are noted. The first few books make excellent gifts for friends
who have lost a pet.
Fun and Inspirational
- great gift ideas
||If you know someone who is caring for
a "special needs" pet or who has recently lost a pet, this
is a nice gift book that you can
Rose: Diary of a Very Special Love Kosin's
deeply moving tribute to the dog he loves for 18 wonderful years. I have
this book and it was a very moving story of dedication and love. It
would be a wonderful gift for someone you know who was wholeheartedly
dedicated to their pet's well-being.
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