By ""pets"" the author here refers primarily to smaller animals, on whose care there is little available information. There are sections dealing with horses and dogs but there are so many other books in those fields, that they are given short shrift. Cats come in here (though there are beginning to be enough cat books, at long last). Rabbits and rodents, birds and bugs, fish, amphibians, and wild animals not usually found in confinement -- this runs the gamut. Inevitably, the handling is somewhat cursory, but the text lives up to the role of a beginning book, with first steps on acquiring pets, suitable quarters, feeding, treatment of disease and accident, general care. Adequate. But for a superior pet book, see report on Dorothy Hogner's Odd Pets (Crowell) P. 580.