A slim volume, written by a team of veterinarians, listing common injuries and disorders affecting mainly dogs and cats, with concise--if sketchy--recommended first-aid measures. Covered in the section on accidents is how to treat a pet for everything from burns, bleeding, choking, and electric shock, to seizures, snake bites, and imbedded porcupine quills. Directions for assembling a complete first-aid kit are included, as well as instructions on how to transport an injured pet safely, how to give CPR and artificial respiration, and how to medicate a pet properly. The chapter on breeding opens with a responsible statement on why most pets should be neutered (to protect their health, avoid aggressiveness), but oddly makes no mention of the pet overpopulation problem. The book makes a rather poor stab at also covering the ailments afflicting birds and caged pets such as rabbits and hamsters. Useful as a quick and handy reference in emergencies, but otherwise better (more complete) books abound, such as (for cats) Dr. Kritsick's Tender Loving Cat Care.