“Tell Me Where it Hurts,” is a narrative by Dr. Nick Trout describing a routine 24 hours as a veterinary surgeon. I initially hesitated when I received this book, thinking it would be incredibly sad and difficult to read. I was worried I’d be reading about dying animal after dying animal. I was in for a surprise. Dr. Trout managed to make the journey through the 24 hours with him an enjoyable, upbeat read — even in the depressing cases. What I loved most were his depictions of the various owners, ranging from outrageous to hysterical. It made me a little more aware of my own behavior at my next vet visit!
Yet, “Tell Me Where it Hurts” was also informative about the veterinary profession. Dr. Trout discusses the beginnings of the veterinary profession, the expansion of the human drug companies into veterinary practice, new technologies, and even plastic surgery for our pets. Even though the veterinary profession may have changed, one theme remains static throughout the book – compassion has not.
If you are interested in an informative and humorous read, I recommend “Tell Me Where it Hurts.” And don’t worry – you won’t cry.