Set in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, this book chronicles the triumphs and trials Dr. Kristen Nelson faced in starting a veterinary practice of her own. Before the clinic was ready and open for business, the first patient arrived in critical condition. Cody, an Australian cattle dog, never saw the car that hit him. The impact caused a life-threatening condition called pneumothorax. He lay on the floor gasping for breath with white foam pouring from his mouth. With the help of Veterinary Technician Allie Knutson, Kris used the few supplies available to save Cody's life. Once the clinic officially opened, Dr. Nelson and Allie began to see patients. Rich Harris arrived with his dog just before eight. Ivan had a hotspot on his side that made him uncomfortable. The large Doberman stared at Kris' collection of rescued parrots during the entire visit. Before leaving, he sat on Kris' foot. It was his way of telling Kris he liked her. Besides the parrots, a tortoiseshell kitten lived at the clinic. Kris and her husband, Steve, adopted Genny when she was a day old. Because she was missing a back leg, the owner no longer wanted her. The little orphan grew into a precocious teenager who thought she owned the place. She loved to sit in front of the kennels and torment the hospitalized patients. Genny was the first of many animals rescued by Kris. As the year progressed, many wonderful animals came to the Minnesota Veterinary Center for care. One cold January night, a ferret needed emergency surgery after swallowing a piece of plastic. Moe bit the foot off his favorite toy which got stuck in his intestines. In the spring, a Maltese named Sugar developed a serious blood disorder called autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The love and support of her owner helped her through two blood transfusions and surgery. In the summer, Trudy, a dog owned by the U.S. Customs Service was poisoned with rat bait. Genny tried to steal Trudy's food right out from under her. The book ends on a busy Saturday in late August. After saying goodbye to a wonderful gerbil named Chewy, fate smiled on Kris with the perfect appointment. Golden retrievers, Sam and Ashley needed a little help becoming parents. Kris enlisted the help of Steve and her father, Gordon Lindstrom, to collect the semen from Sam and pipette it into Ashley. She never realized how uncomfortable this would make her devoutly religious father.
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 6th March 2010
Publisher: Veterinary Creative, L.L.C.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.47