Book Review: Guide To Pet Safety

One look at the glossy yellow and red cover of Guide to Pet Safety and you know it means business. On first glance, its slim size made me wonder, though, how comprehensive it would be. All it took was reading the extensive Table of Contents and I knew I was looking at a valuable resource. Its seventeen short chapters are chock-full of vital information for any responsible pet owner.

Want a step-by-step guide on making your own animal evacuation kit and plan? It’s in there. Whether you have a cat or dog, a ferret or fish or bird, a snake or a frog, or horses and livestock, Guide to Pet Safety will help you prepare and keep them safe during an emergency.

In addition to disaster and emergency preparation, it also contains extensive first aid information, from making a first aid kit to transporting an injured animal, from recognizing distress in an animal to protecting them through all seasons and holidays. There’s even an illustrated section on poisonous plants.

Aside from the information, there are other features I particularly like. One is the size – 8-1/2″ x 11.” The thinness that deceived me in the beginning makes this book easy to store in your evacuation kit or on a shelf as a ready reference. The other is the sideways “headers” on key sections that allow the reader to quickly find information by flipping the pages without opening the book completely. It would be nice if this book were spiral bound so it could lay flat when open, but that’s a minor detail compared to the overall value of this great guide.

The author, Cameron R. White-Thumwood, spent years compiling the information and consulted many experts to ensure that the book contains solid and user-friendly information. It has been endorsed by veterinarians and emergency response officials. Guide to Pet Safety is available at in both paperback and Kindle formats. You also can contact for more information.

Full Disclosure: We were provided a copy of “Guide to Pet Safety” at no charge for the purpose of this review. No one from Humanity Road or Animals in Disaster has received or will receive any monetary compensation for writing this review, nor were the opinions expressed influenced by the author or anyone else involved with the book.