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My patients like treats : tales from a house-call veterinarian / Duncan MacVean, DVM.
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New York, New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2018]
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xii, 222 pages ; 22 cm
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636.089092 MAC Book Adult General Collection

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It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in a cone.
Physicians used to make house calls. Today, a few veterinarians still do. Duncan MacVean, DVM, is one such vet. His patients range from cats and dogs to pigs and lizards--each of them a unique personality. Every animal and every home is different, but every owner is the same in their affection for their companions. Without warning, MacVean finds himself in odd situations: stepping into a basement full of free-flying bats or struck speechless by a pig who loves opera so much that she falls into a trance.
The hilarious and the heartbreaking come together in this collection of true tales, all gathered from his lifelong career. MacVean finds himself riding backwards atop a potbelly pig that bucks and kicks its way down the hall, knocking over a china cabinet in the process. One woman with terminal cancer earnestly wants to know where pets go when they pass away--will her beloved cat and dog join her in the afterlife? Navigating the finer elements of human and animal interaction isn't easy. Here, MacVean provides a glimpse into his experience with such relationships, always looking for the humor and light of every situation.
With never a dull moment, his dedication to the animals of this earth and compassion for their human caretakers drives MacVean onward, from house to house, from patient to patient. This heartwarming collection of stories brings readers along for the ride, getting to know the curious creatures he treats and their perhaps sometimes even more curious humans. My Patients Like Treats is the perfect book for animal lovers or those who simply appreciate a good story.

Author Notes

Duncan MacVean, DVM has been a professor of veterinary medicine at various universities. He has also worked with captive wild animals in Southeast Asia and as a consultant for the Malaysian National Zoo. Duncan "retired" back to his hometown and has been a house-call veterinarian for the past twenty-five years. He lives near Sacramento, California.

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Library Journal Review

MacVean is a rarity these days, a veterinarian who still makes house calls. The author initially worked in Malaysia with exotic species, but at the request of a colleague who thought his experience with such animals would be a plus here, MacVean returned to the United States and started a house-call practice in Sacramento, CA, after years as a professor at Colorado State University. Whether happy or sad, humorous or somewhat shocking, these real-life stories about pets and other animals will draw in readers. The subjects range from the usual dogs and cats to bats and pigs; some of the most touching chapters involve -euthanasia and contemplation on the afterlife for animals. VERDICT Books of this nature tend to be popular, and this one should be no exception. Highly recommended for YA and adult collections.-Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
I Dogs and Cats Reignp. 1
1 The Dog with No Teethp. 3
2 Pussycat, Pussycatp. 13
3 Themp. 20
4 Mr. Greyp. 30
5 He's Never Done That Beforep. 35
6 Hey, You Forgot Somethingp. 49
7 The Mazep. 52
8 A Dusting Offp. 61
9 Gunshots in the Southp. 64
10 Houses on the Riverp. 83
II Bats, Rats, and Lizards, Oh Myp. 93
11 Mr. Blackp. 95
12 Ratty Yes, Batty Nop. 110
13 Freddy and Friendsp. 120
14 Monster at the End of the Hallp. 128
15 Three Little Pigsp. 144
III Transitionsp. 163
16 The Wailingp. 165
17 Atlantisp. 172
18 Cindy in Heavenp. 176
19 Olympic Ringsp. 185
20 The Passage Homep. 190
21 Bad Dog-Good Dogp. 204
IV Healing Artsp. 211
22 Stork Angelsp. 213
23 What's Wrong, Doc?p. 218
Acknowledgmentsp. 223