Resources

These are websites and literature I recommend for readers and professionals alike.

Below are a few specific articles of mine that anyone may find beneficial.

Pet Loss Support


Resources for anyone looking for support when dealing with the loss (or the impending loss) of a beloved pet.

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Pet Loss Hotlines

Offered by many veterinary schools as well as other organizations. Most are staffed part-time and will state their hours when you call. You can leave a message and your call will be returned when they are next staffed.

  • ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): 877-GRIEF-10 (877-474-3310)
  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts: 508-839-7966
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association: 630-325-1600
  • Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine: 607-218-7457

Veterinary Acupuncture


Both of the following websites have a searchable geographic database of veterinarians that utilize acupuncture:

www.ivas.org – International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

www.aava.org – American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

Four Paws, Five Directions by Dr. Cheryl Schwartz is a classic book that explains veterinary acupuncture to both pet owners and veterinarians.


General Veterinary Information

www.veterinarypartner.com


Pet Adoption


How to Find a Good Breeder

If you must purchase a purebred, please read this excellent article on the website of The Humane Society of the United States, “How to Find a Responsible Breeder”: www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/finding_responsible_dog_breeder.html

In short:

  • A reputable breeder cares more about the puppies they place than about their bank balance (or yours).
  • They will try to match the puppy’s personality to your home environment to assure a good match, rather than allowing a buyer to choose according to a preferred color or gender.
  • The puppies will have been born onsite, and you will meet at least one of the parents, who will be friendly and healthy.
  • Most importantly, a good breeder will want you to surrender the dog back to them if you cannot care for it at some point in the animal’s life, ensuring that the puppies they place will never end up unclaimed in a shelter.


Clicker Training

Karen Pryor’s website is www.clickertraining.com, and contains a wealth of information.


Home Cooking for your Pet

Home cooking should always be done under veterinary supervision, while following a recipe, so check with your veterinarian first. Otherwise, the diet may not be safe for long-term use.

This website provides recipes which are complete if you purchase their supplement (if you prefer, you can use your own supplements, and purchase a recipe): www.balanceit.com.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

https://www.ummhealth.org/center-mindfulness


Veterinary Social Work

University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s website offers insight and information about veterinary social work as they define as “attending to human needs at the intersection of veterinary and social work practice.”

www.vetsocialwork.utk.edu


One Health

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