What Every Pet Owner Should Know

For the more than 73 million dogs and 90 million cats in the United States, Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know is the “go to” book for their owners and caregivers in need of easy-to-understand, expert advice on helping pets of any age stay healthy and remain a loving family member for years to come.

One of the country’s most respected and leading authorities on preventive health care for pets, Doc Halligan provides a commonsense, practical approach to keeping your pet happy, healthy, and out of the emergency room.

In a book that could only have been written by someone who has treated and cared for thousands of dogs and cats during her distinguished medical career, Doc Halligan puts her 20 years of veterinary medical and surgical experience at your fingertips and gives you an easy-to-follow prescription for your pets’ continued good health.

Inside you will find:

  • A sample script for getting the most out of your vet visit
  • Simple instructions for weekly home exams
  • What to do in case of emergencies
  • The scoop on lowering your vet bills
  • The pros and cons of pet insurance

And many other preventive health care tips and words of wisdom from one loving pet owner to another.
Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats, and Dogs
By Dr. Karen Halligan

Price: $24.95, $15.95
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Library Journal Reviews
January 15, 2007

Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats, and Dogs

BYLINE: Edell M. Schaefer
SECTION: REVIEWS; Science and Technology; Pg. 135
LENGTH: 201 words

Halligan, Karen. Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats, and Dogs. Collins: HarperCollins . Feb. 2007. c.336p. illus. index. ISBN 0-06-089859-3 [ISBN 978-0-06-089859-5 ]. $23.95. PETS

As the former 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, Brookfield P.L., WI

‘This is a comprehensive, common sense book that belongs in every pet lover’s library. Well written, it covers every aspect raising and happily maintaining a dog or cat. Whether a novice or a veteran pet-owner, you will catch yourself saying, I never thought of that!

— Betty White, actress/author

‘It’s clear, it’s concise, and it’s Spot’-on (pun intended). This is the essential reference for any prospective pet owner as well as for those of us who already have the experience of sharing life with a dog or cat.  Bringing together years of experience in emergency and shelter medicine, Dr. Halligan provides an exceptional prescription for maximizing the benefits of pet ownership.  It’s all here–selecting a pet, feeding a pet, caring for a pet, living with a pet and most important enjoying your pet.

— Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM and ACVPM, Professor of Medicine North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

‘Written by a veterinarian who clearly loves animals this is a complete, informative guide for anyone with a pet or thinking about getting a pet.

— Madeline Bernstein, president of the spcaLA

‘Dr. Karen Halligan helped me adopt my dog, Pixie, during an elderly dog campaign a few years ago.  She has one of the kindest and most compassionate hearts for our four-legged friends and I highly recommend her words of wisdom.  Every household with pets should own this book.

— Wynonna Judd, singer, author

Doc Halligan’s easy to understand book capably combines a wide range of clinical animal health information and common sense practices that companion pet owners will find extremely helpful in insuring their pets good health.

— Bennie I. Osburn
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis

‘Doc Halligan’s book will save you time and money. It could save your pet’s life.

— Tom Snyder, broadcaster