Woodbine Pet Books for Holiday Gifts 2023

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As pet owners, we commonly find a groove in our furry friends’ routines. But unlike older dogs, we can always learn a new trick. One of the best ways to spruce up our knowledge of pet care is to read material from the experts. And with the Holiday season in full swing, now is the time to get that helpful book for your favourite pet owner (psst, that could be yourself!).

Here are five books that not only make amazing gifts for the animal lover you know well, but also help to improve the lives of the precious pets they care for. Enjoy!


1) The Ultimate Pet Health Guide by Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M

Dr. Richter is a holistic veterinarian and scientist, who takes a multi-faceted approach to pet care. Examining traditional Western medicine and alternative techniques, the book thoroughly explains the science behind a variety of treatments, with specific recommendations for an integrative approach to common diseases. There is a heavy emphasis on nutrition, suggesting that good food is the foundation of healthy pets.

Buy it here.


2) Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

We love our dogs, but do they always behave? Absolutely not. Decoding Your Dog sheds light on how to understand why your dog shows specific behaviours, be it OCD or aggression, for example. Once you know the why, the veterinary-approved positive training methods highlighted in the book can help you get past the negatives and train your dog to become the superstar you know it can be.

Buy it here.


3) From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker DVM, Mikkel Becker, and Lisa Radosta

Stress can make a mess of our lives. Our dogs are no different. Fear, anxiety, and stress (aka FAS) can be the root of many unwanted dog behaviours, and if left untreated, can lead to devastating consequences. The good news is that we can help our doggos overcome their fears. From Fearful to Fear Free guides owners on how to create calm in situations that create stress, be it visitors to the house, a trip to the vet, or those loud fireworks on special occasions. You will not only have a more chill dog, but your communication with them will only get better.

Buy it here.


4) The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook by Celeste Yarnall and Jean Hofve
This beautifully photographed book is a comprehensive guide to established natural and holistic care for our feline friends. It examines the importance of nutrition as a preventative medicine, while addressing supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathic treatments, and even anti-aging information. The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care is an excellent complement to a pet owner’s traditional veterinary care plan. It’s both helpful and visually stunning!

Buy it here.


5) It’s Never Long Enough: A Practical Guide to Caring for Your Geriatric Dog by Dr. Mary Gardner
It’s one of the hardest things about being a dog owner – we see our beloved friend age before our very eyes, all too quickly. While we understandably worry about their eventual departure, it’s more important to focus on the present, and how we as dog owners can better support them in this stage of life. It’s Never Long Enough provides excellent information on a variety of topics, including how to identify warning signs, making your dog’s home life easier, what to ask at vet visits, and how to cope with the devastating loss when they’re indeed gone. It’s a must-have book for those who adore their senior pups.

Buy it here.



While books can provide us with fantastic information on how to better care for the animals we love, they are only a resource. Always consult your veterinarian when adopting new nutritional, maintenance, exercise, or health care routines for your pets.

They deserve it!

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