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animals as pets, animal rights and welfare, careers in small animal care and
management, and a discussion of the nutritional needs and digestive systems
of small animals.
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Chapter 1 is an introduction to small animal care. It begins with a
brief discussion of when and how life on earth began, including a
geologic time chart that shows the steps in the evolution of life from
the beginning to present time. The discussion includes the domestication of animals and explains the scientific classification of animals.
The chapter also discusses the small animal industry, including the
number of pets, number of households with pets, and the estimated
expenditures associated with pets.
Chapter 2 is a discussion on the risks in handling and caring for
pets. Diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans are
covered. Physical restraint of animals is discussed and general safety
guidelines for the workplace or school laboratory are listed.
Chapter 3 discusses small animals as pets, including the considerations in choosing the proper pet, as well as children and their relationships with pets and what they can learn from having a pet. Pets
and pet therapy is discussed in addition to the overpopulation of
animals and euthanasia.
Chapter 4 is a discussion of animal rights and animal welfare. The
terms are defined, and a history of the animal rights movement and
animal welfare legislation is discussed. Current issues dealing with
animal rights and welfare are covered.
Chapter 5 is a discussion of the careers in small animal care. The
chapter explores the jobs and careers that exist in the care and management of small animals. Topics include education and training
needed, exploration of the careers, advancement and outlook, earnings, and work environment. Contact information for students seeking additional information of particular careers is also provided.
Chapter 6 defines the terms nutrition and nutrient and discusses the
six basic nutrient groups. The digestive systems of small animals are
discussed.

Section II dives into the species-specific information, covering dogs,
cats, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and exotic species. Comprehensively
crafted, each species-specific chapter discusses the characteristics, anatomy,
handling techniques, housing, feeding and exercise, grooming, common
medical concerns, and other care considerations related to the specific
small animal.



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