Pet Care Information

The Business/Science Department at the Central Library has a large selection of titles dealing with all aspects of keeping a pet. Including how to choose a pet that is best for you, how to keep it healthy with proper grooming and feeding, and various theories on training.

Resources for Pet Owners / Animal Companions
A wonderful site created by Ann Viera, a Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Topics Include


Pets and Pet Health
Health Information for you and your pets provided by MEDLINEplus .

Merck Manual For Pet Health
Includes over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations, provided by Merck & Co., Inc. .  Online version is updated periodically with new information and contains illustrations and audio and video material not present in print version.

ASPCA: Pet Care and Nutrition
Information on how to keep you pet healthy from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Caring for Your Pets
Pet care tips from the Best Friends Animal Society for first time pet owners and those involved in pet rescue.

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
CVM regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals.
Includes categories for dogs, cats, fish, birds, ferrets, reptiles and other small pets. Provides information on health, training, veterinary procedures, drugs and products.

There are some diseases that can pass between pets and their owners (for example rabies). The CDC provide a list of some of the more common Zoonotic diseases.

Plants Toxic to Animals
Provided by the UIUC Veterinary Medicine Library .


Animal Services
LINC Community Information Database.

The ASPCA exists to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty, and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has lots of information for veterinary professionals as well as information for the general public. Check out their Care for Animals page which is especially good for adults and kids.

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association is committed to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine. The 840+ members work to ensure that laws and regulations promote the health and well-being of all animals, and protect public health and human welfare.

The Humane Society
The Humane Society, as its name implies, promotes the protection and proper care of all animals. In the section called Animal Information Center they have lots of information on issues concering taking care of Pets .

APLB the association for pet loss and bereavement
The APLB is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people to cope with the loss of a companion animal.

American Kennel Club
The AKC supports and promotes the sport of purebred dogs.

Cats International
Cats International is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to helping people better understand their feline companions.

American Ferret Association
Provides constant and up-to-date information about veterinarians, legislative activities, medical developments, research data, rescue shelters and other information of interest to ferret fanciers everywhere.

American Cavy Breeders Association
Promote the breeding and improvement of the cavy (also known as guinea pigs , and to secure publicity for and interest in the cavy as an exhibition, pet and research animal.

American Rabbit Breeders Association
The AMERICAN RABBIT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION, INC. is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy.

Animal Rescue Groups

Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee
This organization promotes the humane treatment of animals and responsible animal ownership through a variety of programs and services. Including providing referrals to local pet rescue groups.

House of Mews
Local nonprofit organization in Memphis that provides cat adoption, boarding, shelter and medical care for homeless cats.

House Rabbit Society
An all-volunteer, non-profit organization that rescues rabbits and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior.

Other Sources of Information

Veterinary Abbreviations and Acronyms
Provided by the UIUC Veterinary Medicine Library .

Pets: Rights & Responsibilities
Legal information for the pet owner provided by Nolo legal services. For state and local laws and ordinances check out the Business and Sciences Department's Legal Information Guide .
Want to take your pet on vacation with you and your family? Visit this site for tips on traveling with your pet as well as listings of pet friendly vacation spots.