Pets 101 Reference Book

Pets are surrendered to Animal Shelters all over the world because of the lack of knowledge to care for their new pets. This reference book was inspired by the many reasons owners surrender their pets to animal shelters in hopes of answering questions regarding pet ownership and ultimately reducing the number of pets in shelters. Please take a look at some of the following excerpts...

Tip on Pet Knowledge

"Pet knowledge is gained through education and experience. Just as new parents must read books, take parenting classes and ask other experienced parents about raising children, pet parents need to do the same."

Learning your Pet

"By learning your pet's normal behavior, their personality and vital signs, the bond between you and your pet strengthen and empowers you as an advocate for your pet."

Introducing your pet to children or other pets

"After giving your pet 2-3 days to decompress, they can be slowly introduced to small children and other pets, one at a time. Please teach children to be calm, talk softly, and pet slowly during this introduction. Be alert to stress indicators..."

When is it too hot/cold for my pet to be outside?

"If there is ever a doubt as to if it is too hot outside, use the following equation to keep your pet safe..."

What is heartworms and how can my pet be affected?

"Heartworms are caused from the bite of an infected mosquito with both dogs and cats being at risk. Heartworms live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels, can cause lasting damage and is potentially fatal if left untreated."

Can I give my dog human food?

"Before giving your pet processed human food as a treat, read the ingredient list to see if the food contains Xylitol. Manufacturers have been adding Xylitol to sugar-free chewing gum, candy, mints... and peanut butter. Peanut butter is a favorite treat of dogs. Xylitol is toxic to dogs and can be fatal."

The Diet of Cats versus Dogs

"Dogs are omnivores, meaning they can survive eating both a plant-based or animal-based diet. Cats are carnivores, meaning they need meat in their diets and very little carbohydrates. The food you choose for your pet should be based on their breed, age, size, and health."