A Practical Guide to Impractical Pets

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Howell Book House, 1997 - Pets - 372 pages
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This authoritative one-volume compendium deals with pets of all kinds: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and even insects. It covers such topics as creating a suitable habitat, nutrition, parasite control, breeding, keeping, and general husbandry. In addition, animal lovers will learn many useful and interesting things, including how not to kill their pets with kindness. Overfeeding, underdisciplining, and other forms of mistreatment brought about through ignorance of the animal s real needs are discussed as well. Barbara Burn is a realist who divides pets into three categories: easy, difficult, and impossible. With grace and wit, she alerts animal lovers to what they can tolerate and what can tolerate them. Barbara Burn is the widow of Emil Dolensek, D.V.M., who was for many years the chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo. From him she

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Contents

PART ONE Selecting A
3
Birds
38
Small Finches 47 Budgerigars
48
Snakes 60 Lizards
64
Insects
70
Fish
76
Difficult Pets
82
Sheep and Goats 100 Llamas
103
Reptiles
172
PART TWO Keeping A
181
Learning to Live with a Pet
194
Caring for a Pet
222
Growing Your Own
281
The End of the Affair
299
Afterword
316
Resources
357

Fish
114
Mammals
121
Softbill Birds 128 Toucans
130
Index
363
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About the author (1997)

BARBARA B. BURN is Associate Provost for International Programs, Adjunct Professor, and teaches comparative higher education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of "Expanding the International Dimension of Higher Education".

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