*This article was also published on My Pet Savings in 2011
If your family includes a furry friend, it is important to stay on top of their needs. This includes feeding, watching for signs and symptoms of possible health issues, and illness prevention. When you bring your pet into your home, or if you have a pet and don’t yet have any books on their care, it is time to start building a small reference library in order to stay on top of their needs.
If you are wondering where to start, make a list of concerns you may have over the lifetime of your pet. For example, if you have a breed that is prone to cancer, like a Golden Retriever or Boxer, a book on cancer prevention and treatment, such as The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, and Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., will be a handy addition to your bookshelf. If you love bettas, having a general guide like Betta: Your Happy Healthy Pet by John H. Tullock is a book to consider.
In addition to specific needs, having a whole health guide is essential. Do the research and look around at a variety of books. Read book reviews before buying to make sure you are getting a well-written guide, and consider your approach to pet wellness. If you are a proponent of holistic remedies, make sure your general health book fits that guideline. If you are looking for a strict veterinarian’s point of view, choose a book that is written by a veterinarian, and do research on the author before making a final decision. Browsing the local library is a great way to research several books before purchasing one.
Consider adding a cookbook and a first aid guide to your animal library as well. Cooking for your pet, even if it is only a few times per week or just treats, can cut serious costs compared to buying expensive pre-packaged treats that sometimes aren’t even healthy. A first aid guide will help you in an emergency when you can’t get to the vet in a timely manner, and might even safe your pet’s life in the long run.
Hound Health Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Dog Happy, Healthy, and Active by Betsy Brevitz
The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care by Anitra Frazier and Norma Eckroate
The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat by Martin Goldstein, DVM
The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats by Amy D. Shojai