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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060898607
  • ASIN: B0042P59FK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Karen Halligan has appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, the Today show, Animal Planet and Animal Rescue 911 and is the Director of Veterinary Services at the spcaLA. She shares her life in Los Angeles with Kinky and Nathan, two very spoiled (and healthy) cats.

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It is very thorough, informative and detailed.
M. Puopolo
After reading this book you will be ready to be a great parent to your dog.
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Information covers everything from dog's nose to tail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Forster on June 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Interesting book! Information covers everything from dog's nose to tail. This book should be offered as a guide for new animal owner's! Doc Halligan writes in the vernacular, making the book easy to read for everyone! Ann
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Puopolo on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books out there. It is very thorough, informative and detailed. I could not put it down, took it on our family vacation last month and I learned so many things that will benefit our 2 dogs which are like our kids-A must have for everyone, and a great gift, I bought a few for friends and co-workers and they love it too!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Yim on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
2/18/2011 -- I'm amending my initial review because I think my original assessment was too harsh and unfair. Ironically, after giving 5 star ratings to other dog care books, I ended up keeping this one and donating the others when culling my library. I ended up keeping this one because it has a dog check-up list so you'll be able to assess the overall health of your dog, and get your dog used to being handled. As the author points out, dogs can't talk, so it is vitally important that owners remain observant of their pets so you'll know when they're sick. The book is easy and quick to refer to, and provides common a sense approach to dog care. I think the reason why I originally panned this book is because Doc Halligan is more of a mainstream, conservative DVM, representing the "establishment" vs. a vet with more wholistic philosophies. And I personally, prefer the more integrative approach, but that doesn't mean this book doesn't have good information.

My initial review:
While I'm no expert on dog care, I've read at least a dozen books on the subject and have talked with numerous pet owners about general pet care. This book, however, is perhaps best aimed at an audience that is less informed and less educated. I say this because in the introduction to this book, the author describes her early experiences of working at a vaccination clinic and treating numerous victims from hurricane Katrina. The author is also president of the ASPCA-LA. With this kind of background, I presume the author's experience is primarily based on worst case scenarios of pets that had been either neglected or abandoned by their owners. And this book is geared more towards that audience, who probably wouldn't read a book on pet care in the first place. If you really want quality information on pet care, buy another book and skip this one.
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Format: Paperback
Doc Halligan has written a gem of a resource for pet owners; whether you own a cat or a dog, "What Every Pet Owner Should Know" is just that. A book of common-sense, basics that each pet owner needs to know in order to raise a healthy, happy pet.

Drawing on her years of experience as an ER and Animal Shelter Vet, Doc Halligan shares her wisdom on such topics as:

*Your pet is what he/she eats.

*Dental Disasters

*The Battle of the Bulge

*Preventive pet care

*How to Talk to Your Vet

*Avoiding the ER Blues

Dr. Halligan provides an indespensible reference for maximizing the benefits of pet ownership. My only complaint is that I feel she should have written one volume for dogs, and another for cats in order to tease out the information that is germane to each specie.
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By Nicole M. Horton on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book shipped fast. I just started reading it. I work at an animal hospital and the purpose of getting this was to have some insight to tell first time pet owners what they need to know. Growing up with dogs and cats, it's common sense to me, but for someone who has never had a pet it's not.
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