Three Wonderful Pet Care Book Reviews

Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Pet Care

Carol Frischmann

This guide provides you with all the facts you will need to value sustainability in parenting for pets and gives you the knowledge to choose wisely for you, your pet, and the environment. It describes the environmental costs of owning a pet and offers a variety of eco-friendly choices for each family with pets, such as selecting pet food; the purchase of pet toys (who knew?) and equipment; get rid of your pet’s waste and avoid household toxins. Carefully researched and filled with practical guidelines to start “green” practices for pets, “Pets and the Planet” is an effective card for lasting parenting for your pet.

Wiley editions

Goodbye, friend: healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet

Gary Kowalski

Anyone who may have lost their pet will find comfort in author Gary Kowalski’s gentle support book. Goodbye my friend. The author is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington Vermont. At the end of this book, her elderly dog, Chinook, died. Kowalski’s new book is full of support and empathy tips to help you overcome the loss of your pet. It includes ceremonies, rituals and spiritual advice. There are precious readings and poems that offer comfort. The author’s tone is comforting, not surprising for a pastor whose profession is to be thoughtful and wise. The book also talks about the sadness of animals when they lose someone close to them or another family animal who may have been their boyfriend for a long time. He explains the different lifetimes of animals; their growth, their needs and their diseases. They are very similar to ours: the need to eat healthy, exercise daily, sleep well, enjoy life, savor companions and anticipate the routine. Kowalski shares tips for feeding yourself after the death of a beloved pet and the importance of honesty when telling your kids about this transition. Kowalski’s guide is a very therapeutic support when an excellent friend dies, but also impresses his key point: that our pets are essential and that they are worthy of our respect and our education. Kowalski offers the perfect way to mourn the loss of your pet and hold it in high regard for eternity.

Dr Pitcairn’s New Comprehensive Guide to Natural Dog and Cat Health

Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM

Over 400,000 copies of this cherished classic have been purchased since its initial publication over two decades ago. The guide which is the conclusive manual for a completely natural diet and lifestyle for cats and dogs has been completely updated and published for the first time in nine years. Written using the tenderness and empathy that has earned them a nationwide fan base, Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM with his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, considered to be authorities on chemical-free food and natural treatment for pets, demonstrate how cat and dog lovers provide the most beneficial friendship and continued care and attention. The book now includes ecological factors, such as contaminants inside and outside the home, in addition to current topics, such as mad cow disease, Lyme disease and Nile virus. western. They’ve modernized many quality recipes for delicious and healthy pet food and treats. In addition to helpful tips for dealing with emergencies and a comprehensive quick reference segment, they provide separate guidelines for avoiding, diagnosing and treating a range of diseases and illnesses in pets, with a focus on homeopathic, herbal and nutritional treatments.

Anyone who is active in managing their own health through healthy eating and exercise will find that Dr. Pitcarin and his wife also support this lifestyle for your pet. If you want your pets to be healthy, Dr. Pitcarin’s new comprehensive guide to natural dog and cat health is the best read for you!

by Vince Armstrong

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