James M. Giffin, M.D., has had life-long experience with dogs, cats and horses. He graduated from Amherst College and received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. In 1969 he established a Great Pyrenees kennel and became active in breeding, showing and judging. He finished several champions, campaigned a Best-in-Show winner, and served on the Board of Directors of the Great Pyrenees Club of America. He is co-author of the award-winning books The Complete Great Pyrenees, Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook and Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding (all from Howell Book House). Liisa D. Carlson, D.V.M., received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Veterinary Honor Society Phi Zeta. In 1988, Dr. Carlson returned to Springfield to join her father, Dr. Delbert Carlson, at the Carlson Pet Hospital. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southwestern Veterinary Medical Association, and a founding member of the Emergency Clinics of Southwest Missouri. Dr. Carlson contributed extensively to the Second Edition of the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook.Giffin, James M. is the author of 'Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook', published 1999 under ISBN 9780876052013 and ISBN 0876052014.