Tell Me Where It Hurts

Tell Me Where It Hurts : A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

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It’s 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sage’s life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride.…

From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

You’ll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.

You’ll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0767926439
  • 9780767926430
  • 1,905,997

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“It’s 12:00 a.m., and I have just finished Nick Trout’s book—I could not put it down. Nick has real insight into animals in trouble and their caretaker owners. The human-animal bond is alive and well. Read this book!”
—Dr. Robert Taylor, star of E-Vets on Animal Planet

“Dr. Trout has given us a lifetime in one day as he takes us on his rounds as a veterinary surgeon. With equal parts, wit, wisdom, and great kindness, he offers a rare look into the mind and heart of a remarkable man. He is the vet every animal owner wants and the advocate every animal deserves when it comes to facing the complexities and often expensive options of diagnostics and treatment. This is a man who loves his job, and everyone benefits: the animals in his care, their often lovable but sometimes infuriating owners, and, lastly, the reader, who is lucky enough to go along for the literary ride.”
—Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse

“I laughed, I worried, I laughed some more, I teared with a lump in my throat, and I came to think of Nick Trout as a guy I’d like to have a beer with. This book is wonderful, and, oh yes, I also learned a lot about veterinary medicine and veterinarians. They are as necessary as a dog’s hug. If you love dogs, you’ll love this book.”
—Mordecai Siegal, author of Dog Spelled Backwards

“Join Dr. Trout, a top veterinary surgeon at one of the best animal hospitals in the United States, on an intimate journey filled with humor and great insight into the care of our kindred spirits and their humans. Dr. Trout illuminates the intricate bond between people and their animal companions in a manner that you’ll find as interesting as you do touching.”
—Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

“Tell Me Where It Hurts is a wonderful behind-the-scenes story about a day in the lives of individual animals and the dedicated humans who selflessly care for them. This book is a must-read because it shows clearly how incredibly difficult and heart-wrenching decisions need to be made “on the run”; but when hope, humility, heart, compassion, and love predominate, we’re right far more often than we’re wrong. Read this book, laugh, cry, and share widely. It’s that enlightening and important.”
—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Animals Matter, and editor of the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships
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About Dr Nick Trout

Nick Trout is a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center and lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
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4,484 ratings
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4 37% (1,647)
3 26% (1,154)
2 5% (227)
1 2% (74)
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