Links & More Information

Note: We have found these resources to provide helpful advice and information.  However, we cannot take responsibility for any suggestions or advice provided on these websites.  These references cannot substitute for personal consultation with an expert and/or veterinarian.  If in doubt, ALWAYS consult your veterinarian.

General information sources

Books, etc.

  • Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook (2008)
  • Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook (2007)
  • Speaking for Spot: Be the advocate your dog needs to live a happy healthy, longer life (2008)
    These books may also be available at local libraries as well as through bookstores


Podcast can be helpful in keeping up-to-date on new developments in pet health and behavior issues.
Petlife Radio has a wide variety of pet/animal themed podcasts that will keep you updated on a variety of issues.
Animal Wise Radio podcast is produced by individuals who work together at Animal Ark Animal Shelter, a full-service, no-kill animal shelter serving the Twin Cities Metro area.

Video information

You tube isn’t just for watching stupid stunts or music videos.  Perform a search for a general animal topic using these suggested channels and the word animal.
Expert village has many short videos on different animal issues, such as this video on how to clean your kitties ears.
Howcast is another good source for animal infrmation and explanations such as this video on how to give a dog a pill.


These websites have tons of information about health and behavior issues.  Become an informed pet owner and find answers to many questions on these sites.

Cornell University: College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Health Center is a veterinary medical specialty center devoted to improving the health and well-being of cats everywhere.
Alley Cat Allies is devoted to promoting compassion and humane care for America’s feral cat population
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.
American Association of Feline Practitioners is a professional organization of veterinarians who share an interest in providing excellence in the care and treatment of cats.
The American Cat Fanciers Association is one of the world’s largest cat organizations, the ACFA is committed to promoting the welfare, education, knowledge, and interest in domestic, purebred and non-purebred cats. It has many intersting articles about cat health and behavior.
The American Pet Association (APA) is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership through action, services, and education. Look here for articles for new pet owners
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) promotes humane principles, prevents cruelty, and alleviates pain, fear and suffering of animals through nationwide information, awareness, and advocacy programs. Look here for articles on pet care
The American Veterinary Medical Association has several online and printable brochures in their “Care For Animals” web section. These are guides to various aspects of pet health as well as a kid’s corner activity section for children. is a website by DrFostersandSmith that has a variety of animal health and behavior articles for all your pets.
Veterinary News Network – the source for new updates on animal and pet news and issues.

Topical Information

Choosing & Bringing Home a new pet

Can you commit to a pet? Are you ready for the responsibility?
Here is a quiz from the Canadian Humane Society?  What’s your score?

An article on proper pet selection from the American Pet Association

Brochures from the AVMA can be found here about selecting a dog, cat or a number of other types of pets.

Pet Selection: What to look for when choosing your new dog from

Want information on bringing your new pet home? The Humane Society has information on selecting and bringing your new pet Home.

A great article on introducing your new new cat to his new family by Sarah Hartwell

Behavior Issues

Helpful information on aggressive behavior in cats by Pawprints and Purrs

The Morris Animal Foundation has answers on many behavior and health issues.  If you can’t find your question previuosly answered, you can submit your question to their experts on health, behavior and pain management.

Pet Insurance

What is it?  Should I get it?  Where do I find it?
As a pet owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your pet gets the care he needs.  Sometimes pet insurance can help. For information about pet insurance plans and pricing from an independent website check out WebMd’s discussion.

We have no personal or financial interest in any of these recommendations.