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In National Geographic's comprehensive and easy-to-use illustrated pet reference, a renowned veterinarian offers expert advice on common health, behavior, and training for cats, dogs, and other domestic pets.
Combining first aid, medical reference, and tips and tricks of the trade, here is your go-to-guide for at-home animal care, focusing on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and more! Building on more than two decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Gary Weitzman covers topics including upset stomachs, house training, physical ailments and behavior tips. The president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and former co-host of the weekly NPR show The Animal House, “Dr. Gary” brings a wealth of experience to essential veterinary questions, revealing basic first-aid techniques, when a trip to the vet is necessary, dietary recommendations, simple training techniques, necessary supplies, essential behavior cues, and much more.
About the Author
GARY WEITZMAN, DVM, MPH, CAWA, joined the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA 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 (CAWA), and presently serves on the boards of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego. He serves on the Hill's Science Diet Shelter Advisory Board and chairs the Best Practices Committee of the National Federation of Humane Societies.
Weitzman has published one book for children, Everything Dogs (National Geographic), and two other books for pet owners, How to Speak Dog (National Geographic) and How to Speak Cat (National Geographic).
“Fun tips and tricks on helping pet parents bring their furry friends along for a summer vacation.” –Health Magazine
"I recommend this book very highly for a first time pet owner, for anyone adopting a new pet, or for a pet owner who wants to learn more about day to day behavior training and first aid. It would also be a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves cats or dogs!" –View from the Birdhouse
“If you have a companion animal in your life or, even if you are considering bringing one into your life this would be a great resource for you to have.” –Ms. Nose in a Book
“This book is a wonderful reference to have on hand when you have a concern…My favorite aspects of the book are the tips about when to take your pet to the vet…I’m grateful to have some advice on where to draw the line.” –Jennifer – Tar Heel Reader
“If you read this book from cover to cover, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about becoming a responsible pet owner…Best of all, Weitzman infuses each page with warmth and wit as he addresses our most pressing (and perplexing) questions. It’s kind of like having a house call from the family vet…Think of it as What to Expect When You’re Expecting for the pet parent set. There are so many things that we should ask, but don’t, and Weitzman does a stellar job of addressing those questions before they become a serious issue.” –Jathan and Heather
“The guide, like anything you’d expect National Geographic to put out, is beautifully illustrated. Learn how to keep pets safe, what kind of vet care they need, and how to make sure your furry family member is living his or her best life.” –Wining Wife
“It is brilliant and I think it deserves a place on the bookshelf of every pet owner.” –Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
“This is a great book for us with fur babies!” –Instagram: @shereadswithcats