Be The Best Pet Owner You Can Be


Have you ever wondered if your pet is happy? Or thought, is that gurgling just an upset stomach or a true emergency? If only you could text your vet for help and get an answer right away.

Currently, pet ownership stands at 68 percent of all U.S. households. With the U.S. Census reporting 124.587 million households, the number of pet-owning households is 84.6 million. Now millions of families can bring the veterinary office into their homes to ensure their pets are living their best lives, with National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness (National Geographic; April 2, 2019; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1965-8 PB; U.S. .99/CAN .99; Soft Cover; 400 pages).

This guide will help new and seasoned pet owners understand everything about being a responsible pet parent. Building on more than three decades of knowledge and expertise, renowned veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman combines first aid, insider tips and tricks, and expert advice in this essential go-to guide for at-home domestic animal care, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and more.

Animal lovers will find the answers to common questions, curiosities and perplexing puzzles, including:

  • Ways to bond with your new pet
  • Choosing the right pet
  • How to identify an emergency versus a common illness or injury
  • Up-to-date information on vaccines
  • Navigating the pet food aisle and ways to avoid obesity
  • Disaster preparedness for pets
  • Taking care of aging pets
  • Health benefits and risks of spaying and neutering
  • The best first pet for kids

Authoritative, easy to use and filled with informative illustrations, National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness is a comprehensive guide that will help you take the best possible care of your pet.

About the Author:

GARY WEITZMAN, DVM, MPH, CAWA, joined San Diego Humane Society as its president in May 2012. He is a licensed veterinarian and an accomplished animal welfare professional with more than 25 years of experience. Weitzman is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and serves on the board of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. Weitzman has published three books with National Geographic: one for children, "Everything Dogs," and two for pet owners, "How to Speak Dog" and "How to Speak Cat."

About the Book:

  • Title: National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness
  • Author: Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • Pub date: April 2, 2019
  • Price: U.S. .99/CAN .99
  • ISBN: 978-1-4262-1965-8 PB
  • Pages: 400 pages; 450 photographs
  • Format: Soft Cover

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