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Library JournalAs the director of Veterinary Services for the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Toward Animals, Halligan has seen pet owners at their best and worst and knows full well their most common concerns. Her passion for education and motivation to give back even a little part of the unconditional love and affection animals have given her come across in this clear and concise guide to responsible pet ownership and basic care considerations. Chapters cover such topics as acquiring your new pet, feeding and nutrition, preventative care (e.g., grooming, home examinations), spaying/neutering, dental care, the hazards of obesity, talking to your vet, traveling with your pet, disaster preparedness, and senior pets. Illustrations are limited to black-and-white drawings, but that doesn't detract from the book's value. A comprehensive work written to appeal to the average or first-time pet owner, this is highly recommended.
—Edell M. Schaefer