All My Patients Kick and Bite

All My Patients Kick and Bite

More Favorite Stories From A Vet's Practice

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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The veterinarian author relates stories revealing that llamas do not enjoy having their toenails trimmed, Scottish Highland cattle prefer each other to their medical caregivers, and amorous burros need to be neutered expediently.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312668129
Branch Call Number: 636.089092 WEL 2011
Characteristics: viii, 243 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Summerday18
Jan 11, 2018

This delightful sequel to All My Patients Have Tales is filled with fascinating stories of animals helped in difficult situations and their interesting people. I enjoyed reading how the author decided to be a veterinarian, as a fifth-grader on his own, helping to bring a stuck newborn lamb into the world in the chapter, “What Makes a Vet.” The author passes the torch in a heartwarming closing chapter, allowing a challenged nine-year old boy with an interest in medicine to remove the stitches from his much-loved horse. We also hear intimate scenes like how the family adopted their daughter Jin from Korea, and how they took on a fixer-upper home and some of the animal family residents. He regretted bringing home a massive wild horse that resulted in serious injury (in a chapter called “Not Thinking”), but worked with the horse, and a trainer who later took him on for showing and jumping ended up winning ribbons. Failing to promptly neuter a burro named Elvis ended up in unforeseen consequences with an enamoured horse, but laughter made everything better.

karcoldelharvic5 May 22, 2016

interesting to what a vet can encounter in a days work. Actually enjoyed more than James Herriot.

soblessed59 Feb 06, 2016

Wish there were another 100 pages!

I really enjoyed reading the personal account of this very likeable vet's personal experiences in his veterinarian practice. Sounds like a rough but also rewarding life.

I also enjoyed reading about some animals that I am not familiar with such as llamas and alpacas and Scottish Highland cattle.

Very engaging and interesting read and highly recommend it to animal lovers.

hgeng63 Nov 21, 2013

Very pedestrian. The illustrations by June Camerer aren't that appealing either. Read James Herriot instead.

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sharwhitt
Apr 24, 2013

This is a delightful book. It's a peek into the life of a veterinarian's many challenges, and leaves you with such a good feeling that you hate to see it come to an end.

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Shihtzulover
Dec 30, 2011

Have you every wondered what at Veterinarian's life is like? Veterinarian Wells returns with another collection of warm, humorous tales of the animals he treats and the people who own and care for them. He introduces us to a cross section of critters who come through his office , or who he has to visit. He doesn't just deal with cats and dogs, but also sheep, goats, llamas, caattle, horses, donkeys and mules, most of which require outpatient visits. The stories are as much about the human owners as about the animal patients; for pet owners, Wells provides insight into a vet's view of the world. I loved gaining insight and an even greater appreciation for my dog's vet and everything he deals with on a daily basis. I loved it so much I didn't want it to end.A fantastic read that pet owners will love.

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Summerday18
Jan 11, 2018

“Many X-rays later it was determined in the emergency room that I had cracked portions of three vertebrae. The radiologist advised me to take off the next six weeks and rest, but he did not understand veterinary practice. The next day, I was back at work, but even removing porcupine quills from a dog nearly put me on my knees. / At home, Ivan watched me from his confines as if he felt bad. He would even whinny at me occasionally, seeming to want attention. Over the next several weeks, my back healed and I was able to turn my body without passing out. As I improved, I was able to at least limp down to rub his nose and give him the occasional carrot. Before long, it was time to give Ivan another try.” (p. 77)

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Jan 11, 2018

“”Are you sure you want to do this? No one will think less of you if you don’t. We can hire a trainer, you know.” Women don’t realize that these are the absolute last words they should ever use to convince a man not to do something. / When we hear “No one will think less of you,” we receive a rush of testosterone that overcomes any rational fear, causing us to proceed with whatever idiotic feat we should not be doing. So with that, I placed my left foot in the stirrup, threw myself into the saddle, and faced death head-on.” (p. 76)

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