Kindred Spirit Kindred Care, LLC.

Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM

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Book Reviews

Kindred Spirit Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions on Behalf of Our Animal Companions

"Dr. Nakaya is a medical resource, kindred spirit, and compassionate companion who understands fully what medical journeys with animal companions are all about. Keep Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care close by any time you feel yourself wading through the quagmire of tough veterinary decisions. And give it a good read whenever you need to hear a voice of understanding for the human-animal relationship." -- Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and All My Relations

"Dr. Nakaya offers a wise and compassionate approach to decision making for our animal friends. This book will be of great assistance and benefit to all animal lovers when making choices for their kindred spirits." -- Dr. Allen Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

"Dr. Nakaya has written a wonderful guide to good physical and spiritual health for your companion animals, and hence for you. Every pet caregiver will benefit from having this volume on their bookshelf." -- Dr. Andrew Rowan, senior vice president and chief of staff, the Humane Society of the United States.

"Nakaya, a veterinarian with over 20 years of experience, guides readers in making healthcare decisions for their animals. She believes that the best decisions take into account other factors besides the animals' needs, i.e., financial commitments, diagnosis and treatment options, and the family's lifestyle. These factors are discussed thoroughly and thoughtfully in clear and comcise -- but still compassionate -- prose. Nakaya also does a fine job of dealing with controversial topics like euthanasia, presenting her own viewpoint while acknowledging that some readers may disagree. Although her book does not pretend to give all the answers, it certainly provides the right questions to ask. The examples deal mostly with small animal companions, e.g., cats, dogs, and birds, but they could easily applied to others. This thoughtful volume is recommended reading for people who love and cherish there pets and is a good choice for public libraries." -- Deborah Emerson, Library Journal

"(This book) is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who's been overwhelmed and confused when facing a pet's health crisis. With the dizzying array of vet options available today, the author carefully lays out the issues and choices pet owners face when considering whether to pursue a procedure or treatment for any companion animal." -- New York Daily News

"Nakaya succeeds, with a poignant, careful presentation, infused with spirit and confidence." -- Randy Green, Seattle Times

"At first glance Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions On Behalf Of Our Animal Companions might seem to be just a pet owner's manual -- but in addressing the spiritual as well as the physical needs of an animal, Dr. Nakaya goes much further, examining the nature of the human-animal bond itself and how to help animals both live and die gracefully. A wonderful, unusual guide to the overall needs of a pet adds a dimension lacking in your usual ' pet owner manual'." -- Midwest Book Review

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