Caring for Family Pets
Choosing and Keeping Our Companion Animals Healthy
by Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Editor
October 2011, 225pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38527-8
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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How long do large exotic birds live? When should a kitten be socialized and introduced to children or other pets? What is the first thing to do if your dog or cat is seriously injured? These are the kinds of questions that prospective pet owners—or current pet owners—should be able to answer.

This book helps pet owners fully understand what it means to care for a companion animal, from choosing a pet to veterinary visits and beyond.

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.


  • Contains contributions from 13 nationally recognized veterinarians who are board certified in their respective fields
  • Includes a bibliography with most chapters
  • Includes a resource list of additional information organized by topic and type of animal
  • Provides sidebars and tables offering quick reference info on health and disease in pets
  • Serves as a ready reference for pet owners as well as a text for high school and college students focused on veterinary medicine and animal science and health
Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and associate professor of public health in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA. Davis consults, teaches, and leads training programs in the areas of zoonoses, One Health, and public health and has several publications in these same fields. His published works include the article "HIV/AIDS Education: Still an Important Issue for Veterinarians" and the chapter "Agroterrorism: Need for Awareness" within the book Perspectives in World Food and Agriculture 2004.
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