Caring for Family Pets: Choosing and Keeping Our Companion Animals Healthy

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 31, 2011 - Pets - 225 pages
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Pets are extremely popular in the United States. According to a recent survey, one third of American homes contain one or more cats; almost 40 percent of U.S. households include at least one dog. Pets serve as cherished companions for everyone from young children to senior citizens. However, there are responsibilities and risks involved with pet ownership, and the proper care of these animals that many consider "family" involves much more than keeping a water dish and food bowl full.

This book is written by top animal health experts to explain our roles, rights, and health care challenges when bringing animals into our homes. Topics such as health, first aid, companion animal diseases, common surgeries, and alternative care for pets are all addressed. Information is also provided about pet birds, large pets such as horses, exotics such as snakes and reptiles, and "pocket pets" such as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rats.

 

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Contents

1 Choosing a Pet
1
2 The Responsibilities of Pet Ownership
17
3 The HumanAnimal Bond and AnimalAssisted Therapy
29
4 First Aid for Pets
43
Health Diseases and Prevention
57
Health Diseases and Prevention
77
Health Diseases and Prevention
97
Health Diseases and Prevention
119
9 Unraveling Animal Behavior
137
10 Alternative Therapies for Treating Illnesses and Maintaining Health
155
11 Pet Nutrition
177
12 Pets and Disasters
195
Index
213
About the Editor and Contributors
223
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