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Laurie Hess, DVM Veterinary Book Picks

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As an exotic animal veterinarian, I am constantly asked by owners of all kinds of animals how to help solve pet behavior problems. From screaming birds to spraying bunnies, I have faced every imaginable (and some unimaginable!) exotic pet behavior problem. While animals of all kinds can bring us love and joy, they can also bring us frustration and stress if they develop behavior issues in our homes. If you’ve got an exotic pet behavior issue, I can help. But when it comes to cats and dogs, I defer to the experts.

Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love) | By: Laurie Hess DVM

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Here are some terrific reads by well-respected veterinary/animal trainer colleagues who certainly know what to do when it comes to feline and canine behavior issues. I’ve also included a couple of heartwarming books by well-known author and producer Lisa Erspamer about what we might tell our pets if they could only understand. Read and enjoy!  Your Cat  The Owner s Manual  Hundreds of Secrets  Surprises  and Solutions for Raising a Happy  Healthy Cat  9780446571364   Marty Becker  Jane Brunt  Gina Spadafori  Books

Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat

Dr. Becker will help owners solve problems and enhance their bond with their cats through a tip-filled book on everything from finding the right cat to preventing health problems and bad behavior. He will start owners off on the right foot, whether they buy a kitten or adopt an older cat, showing them how to solve the most annoying behavior and cat-care problems--from scratching furniture to not using the litter-box. (Surprising fact: did you know that black cats shed more than light-colored cats?) And he advises owners how to make their own cat toys, and how to save money on medication, both traditional and alternative.


Dogs Behaving Badly

Written with wit, wisdom, and compassion, this easy--to--use A--to--Z reference is a godsend for dog owners and prospective dog owners.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, expert animal psychologist and acclaimed author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much, gets us inside the minds of our pets to learn what makes them do the crazy things they do.

From aggression to zoonosis and just about everything in between, Dr. Dodman draws on case histories from his own practice at the prestigious Tufts University Veterinary Center and offers fresh and incredibly useful tips that apply the latest discoveries in canine behaviorism and pharmacology.


Victoria Stilwell Positively

Victoria Stilwell, the world's best-known positive reinforcement dog trainer and star of the hit Animal Planet TV show, It's Me or the Dog, explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behavior problems.

In her third book, renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell provides a comprehensive toolbox designed to help dog owners overcome the most persistent, annoying and dangerous behavior problems in their dogs. Far from being merely another dog training manual, however, it also serves as an easily accessible yet scientifically sound roadmap for understanding where our dogs come from, how they experience the world and what we need to teach them most effectively.


It s a Dog s Life...but It s Your Carpet Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Four Legged Friend

Admit it; you’ve always wanted to know. Well, finally there’s a professional out there who’s not too embarrassed to answer–bone-fide veterinarian, critical-care specialist, and dog lover Dr. Justine A. Lee. It’s a Dog’s Life . . . but It’s Your Carpet takes you behind the scenes to look at the training and off-the-record opinions of a certified vet, and answers all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about your dog- Is a dog's nose a good indicator of his health?, Can a Chihuahua and a Great Dane mate?, Why do dogs eat their own poop? Whether you’re looking for advice on pet rearing, solutions to your dog's most frustrating habits, explanations of his weirdest quirks, or simply a good laugh, this book is sure to inform–and entertain–dog lovers of every breed.



ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a humorous and touching portrait of a veterinarian, her beloved dogs, and the lessons they impart to her along the way. You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang, who with the help of three dogs, is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood.


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