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Trout desn't usually come to work at 2:47 a.m. A staff surgeon at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, he may be starting the day earlier than he would have liked, but he's just learned that Sage, a ten-year-old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery. Her condition, commonly known as bloat, offers precious little time for reflection and no roomfor error.
From the front lines of veterinary care, Tell Me Where It Hurts is an eye-opening day-in-the-life account of a veterinary surgeon and his four-legged patients. Combining a compassionate bedside manner with cutting-edge technology, Trout takes readers on a 24-hour roller-coaster ride, narrated in his wry and intriguing voice as he introduces us to demanding pet owners, their beloved (but not always lovable) pets, and the extraordinary advances in veterinary medicine. A $40 billion a year industry in the U.S. alone, veterinary care now offers an amazing array of treatments for the 21st-century pet. While the standard, "First, do no harm," remains unchanged, Trout illuminates the controversy surrounding such advanced treatment and the high price it commands.
In this era of dog whisperers and pet therapists, Trout's tale shows that while the times and the technology may have changed since the days of James Herriott, the duty and humanity have not. Humorous, winning, and wise, Tell Me Where It Hurts is an inside look at a fascinating profession. (Summer 2008 Selection)