Never has society been so aware of animal welfare, and never have pet parents loved their companions more. A collective desire to learn more about the animals in our care has driven a demand for high-quality, heavily-researched books. Publishers have sought out experts and scientific studies to build books that provide complete, accurate information presented in a way that’s easy for anyone to understand.

You’ll find yourself referring to these books repeatedly as you strive to provide the best natural care for your pets. Just click on the title or photo to order online.

15 Pet Care Books to Add to Your Bookshelf in 2021

Herbs for Pets Book

1. Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life by Mary L. Wulff and Greg L. Tilford

This book has an A-Z guide to 110 medicinal plants, holistic recipes, and nutritional supplements for dogs, cats, horses, birds, and more. It’s a great resource for pet parents who want to learn about natural therapies from respected herbalists.

National Geographic Pet Health

2. National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care by Gary Weitzman DVM

A renowned veterinarian offers expert advice on common health, behavior, and training for cats, dogs, and other domestic pets. This book combines first aid, medical reference, and tips and tricks of the trade, focusing on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and more. Dr. Gary Weitzman covers topics like upset stomachs, house training, physical ailments and behavior tips.

Aromatherapy for Animals

3. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell

Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals has been my go-to for essential oil guidance for a number of years. It covers much more than aromatherapy, with recipes and information about the use of essential oils and hydrosols in natural pet care.

Cat Encyclopedia

4. The Cat Encyclopedia: The Definitive Visual Guide by DK

The Cat Encyclopedia offers everything you need to know about cats in one easy-reference volume. It has 644 pages packed with expert advice on kitten and cat care, along with beautiful breed photos and information about the characteristics, origins and behaviors of each type of cat.

Cat Care Manual

5. Complete Cat Care Manual: The Essential, Practical Guide to All Aspects of Caring for your Cat By Dr. Andrew Edney and Bruce Fogle

Covering everything cat owner’s need to know, this practical guide to looking after the most popular pet in the US provides detailed information on every aspect of cat care. It includes over 600 color photographs and is endorsed by the ASPCA.

Cat Breed Book

6. The Complete Cat Breed Book: Choose the Perfect Cat for You by DK

We all know cat breeds look different, but each breed can also be known for behaviour traits and care requirements. Choose the best breed for your lifestyle and you’ll both enjoy a lifetime bond. The Complete Cat Breed Book will help you choose your new best friend from more than 50 cat breeds, and show you how to care for the one you bring home.

Dog Encylopedia

7. The Dog Encyclopedia: The Definitive Visual Guide by DK

The Dog Encyclopedia is a beautifully-illustrated book covering the history, care, health, behaviour and positive training of over 400 dog breeds. Use the handy list of compatible guardian traits to make sure you’re a good match.

Dr. Khalsa's Natural Dog

8. Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog: Holistic Therapies, Nutrition and Recipes for Healthier Dogs by Deva Kaur Khalsa VMD

Expanded and updated in this second edition, Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog presents an inspired way for pet parents to design a diet specifically for their dog’s needs, lifestyle, age, and health. Dr. Khalsa’s methods combine traditional veterinary medicine, wholesome nutrition and holistic therapies, such as alternative methods, herbal remedies, and botanical medicine.

Dog Breed Book

9. The Complete Dog Breed Book: Choose the Perfect Dog for You by DK

This stunning, recently-updated book displays over 420 dogs and details the care of each breed. Experts will teach you all about their physical characteristics, temperament, needs, and history. Use the Q&A selector charts to help you find the best breed for you and your family.

What's My Dog Thinking

10. What’s My Dog Thinking? Understand Your Dog to Give Them a Happy Life by Hannah Molloy

Have you ever wondered why your dog does what he does? This book reveals the scientific secrets behind more than 80 canine behaviors, including the seven types of dog greetings. Once you understand your furry friend better, use the positive reinforcement training advice and dog-watching tips to bring out the best in her.

Alergic Pets

11. The Allergic Pet: Holistic Solutions to End the Allergy Epidemic in Our Dogs and Cats by Deva Khalsa VMD

Holistic health therapies for keeping your pets healthy and free of allergy symptoms. Learn how to use natural approaches to strengthen your pet’s immune system without the use of pharmaceuticals. Consider the advice about food sensitivity, hot spots, ear infections, ringworm, scabies, intestinal parasites and vaccinations as you design a long-term health plan with your veterinarian.

Horse Care Manual

12. Complete Horse Care Manual By Colin Vogel

Veterinary surgeon and horse specialist Colin Vogel, provides expert advice, commentary and guidance as you learn how to properly care for a horse. The gorgeous photos and clear diagrams make it easy to follow and understand your horse’s diet, behavior, requirements and emergency medicine. Keep it handy and you’ll refer to it a lot.

Pet and Aviary Birds

13. The Complete Practical Guide to Pet and Aviary Birds: How to Keep Pet Birds with Expert Advice on Buying, Housing, Feeding, Handling, Breeding and Exhibiting by David Alderton

This newly-updated book is a complete reference manual for every fan of feathered friends. Learn about housing, purchasing, feeding, handling, general health, exhibiting and breeding. A close look at over 250 examples provides a fascinating insight into the appearance, characteristics and breeding habits of each of the major bird groups. Over 800 photographs illustrate this authoritative guide to keeping pet birds.

Natural Chicken Keeping

14. The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook: Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish by Amy K. Fewell

This book is a modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying chickens the natural way. Gain a better understanding of chickens and their care, from set-up to herbal remedies, as well as recipes and tips for starting an egg business.

Aquarium and Pond Fish

15. Encylopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish by David Alderton

This manual covers the keeping of freshwater and saltwater fish, indoors or outdoors. The captivating color directory of over 800 popular pet fish, is accompanied by guides to help you choose the right fish and learn how to properly care for it. From water parameters to breeding, this book provides everything you need to be a ‘fintastic’ fish keeper.

??? Have you read any pawsome pet care books recently? Please share them in the comments below.

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  1. Oh reading this post is going to LITERALLY cost me! haha but I need some solid pet books for writing articles. So much bad info out there and I don’t want to add more. Thanks,

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