A compendium -- that should replace, for the home that has more than one variety of in-or-outdoor animal friends, any other volume -- authored by an eminent veterinarian provides the answers to all sorts of care and feeding questions, breeding, individual characteristics, of dogs, cats, birds, and many another four and two footed, finny and furred characters that work their way into a household. Dr. Whitney is exhaustive -- as witness his book on dog feeding alone -- and for city families which have room for only one -- or at most two -- sorts of pets, this is almost too much, -- for the out of town place, with more room, and perhaps, more time, this will be the answer to a complete library of many volumes to cope with odd additions to the family circle. Always a perfectionist on detail, Dr. Whitney should appeal primarily to fellow veterinarians, secondarily to breeders, and, in the final bracket to the most conscientious of pet owners. There is much to be learned here -- more to be followed -- and a liberal education for all who have other than children (and not too different at that) in their homes. An excellent reference book in the best of the modern tradition.