Veterinary Books Every Pet Owner Should Have

The Illustrated Veterinary Guide
Everything You Need to Know for Pet Care

When I was a child I didn’t really have “pets” so to speak, at least not for long.  Except for ponies which my Dad looked after, the only pets I had were a garter snake (without my parents knowledge) and a kitten for a short time.  My sister was allergic to it so that didn’t last long. 

It was my husband who really introduced me to pets, especially dogs and cats.  When we began working with rescue animals some of the things we added to the needs list were veterinary books. 

Taking in animals that need care can be expensive, so it was an investment to purchase books that could aid us in non-life threatening treatments.   

So many times these animals were in need of emergency medical treatment and on weekends a vet isn’t readily available. It became necessary that we learn to handle as many things as possible if we could with the guidance of a vet. 

I can’t tell you how valuable these books have been to us in saving the life of an animal and with hospital costs.  Having the books on hand is not a replacement for good veterinary health care, but it does help in a pinch. 

These are the books that we own and highly recommend that every pet owner have in their home.  They cover basic treatments including diagrams, charts and illustrations for care and giving injections.
The Illustrated Veterinary Guide has over 900 pages with charts, diagrams and illustrations.   

Part 1 Deals with Dogs & Part 2 Deals with Cats

Chapters include: 
Choosing the Right Dog/Cat
Training your Dog/Cat
Preventative Health Care
Breeding Your Dog/Cat
Elective Surgeries
Infectious Diseases
Parasitic Diseases
Immune System
Cardiovascular and Hemolymphatic Systems
Respiratory System
The Digestive System
The Urinary System
The Reproductive System
Skin and Haircoat
They Eyes and Ears
The Musculoskeletal System
The Nervous System
The Endocrine System

Part 3 Deals with Birds
Chapters include: 
Choosing the Right Bird
Avian Anatomy and Physiology
Preventive Health Care
Avian Reproduction
Avian Diseases and Disorders
General Treatment of Sick Birds
Part 4 Deals with Exotic Pets
Chapters include: 
Guinea Pigs
Hamsters and Gerbils
Mice and Rats
Prairie Dogs
Miniature Pot-Bellied Pigs
Tropical Fish
Part 5 Other Pet Topics
Chapters include:
 Holistic Pet Care
Reducing Pet Costs
Zoonotic Diseases
First Aid and CPR

Helpful Veterinary Books
Good resource tools for the home on pet care.

The Illustrated Veterinary Guide by Chris C. Pinney


I love this book that a friend of mine gave to us. It gave good advice on medical treatment as well as maintaining good overall health for your pet naturally.

This is the first edition of the book that we use at home. It is great.


 The complete pet health resource for your dog, cat, horse or other pets - in everyday language. (Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health (Home Edition)) 

Authored by over 200 veterinary experts, on topics that cover advice for dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, fish and other exotic pets. 1,300 pages.
Another Helpful Tip ...
Keep track of pet appointments, injections and other information by placing "paw" stickers on your calendar.  We use stickers every time we put flea and tick medication on our pets as well.
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