Jack Hanna's Ultimate Guide to Pets

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In this practical and informative guide, Jack Hanna introduces you to pet basics and a pet's inestimable value in your life. Through a series of questions he helps you establish what type of pet would be best suited to your personal preferences, lifestyle, time, energy, and other resources. He then goes on to discuss every type of pet imaginable - from the common to the not-so-common. In chapters devoted to each type of pet, he discusses, breed by breed, the pros and cons and the needs and requirements of each ...
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Overview

In this practical and informative guide, Jack Hanna introduces you to pet basics and a pet's inestimable value in your life. Through a series of questions he helps you establish what type of pet would be best suited to your personal preferences, lifestyle, time, energy, and other resources. He then goes on to discuss every type of pet imaginable - from the common to the not-so-common. In chapters devoted to each type of pet, he discusses, breed by breed, the pros and cons and the needs and requirements of each particular animal. He explains why a household of kids might not be the best environment for a cockatoo, and why a Scottish deerhound could be an excellent addition to your home. Throughout, he includes little-known facts about animals and recounts some of his entertaining experiences with them. More than a reference guide, Jack Hanna's Ultimate Guide to Pets provides information on general health care, diet, and housing, on socialization needs and compatible roommates, and on solutions to common (and uncommon) pet problems.
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To help readers choose the right pet, Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and an animal expert who often appears on Good Morning America, discusses a wide variety of pets, from the common (dogs and cats) to the unusual (lizards, potbellied pigs, and cockroaches). He details the characteristics and care requirements of each animal, covering housing, feeding, the appearance of normal and sick animals, and compatibility with children and other pets. For each pet, Hanna presents sources of additional information, including the names, addresses, and phone numbers of relevant organizations. He also discusses specific diseases and offers advice on traveling with or shipping an animal. Especially helpful are his tips on how to cope with the loss of a pet. Easy for both children and adults to read, this book includes the occasional retelling of animal myths and the author's humorous animal experiences, lightening what is an excellent presentation of a serious subject. For all pet-care collections.-A. Louis Shor, DVM, Veterinary Consultant, Mt. Laurel, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399523441
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Pets as Part of Our Lives 3
2 Getting into Petting 11
3 Pet Myths and Myth-stakes 23
4 Strictly for the Birds 35
5 The Cat's Meows 63
6 Going to the Dogs 86
7 Mickeys, Minnies, and Other Rodents 128
8 Rabbits, Ferrets, Potbellied Pigs, and Other Outdoor Types 140
9 Leapin' Lizards - Reptiles and Amphibians 163
10 Something Fishy Going On 182
11 Creepy Crawly Critters 200
12 When Visitors Don't Like Your Pet and Vice Versa 213
13 Traveling with Your Pet 219
14 Parting with a Pet 230
Afterword 243
Bibliography 245
Index 249
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