Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life

Lucky Dog How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist laymen s term cancer surgery doctor thinks she has cancer herself Enter Sarah Boston a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid ca

  • Title: Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life
  • Author: Sarah Boston
  • ISBN: 9781770893511
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist laymen s term cancer surgery doctor thinks she has cancer herself Enter Sarah Boston a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer From the moment she uses her husband s portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump he s a vet, too it s clear Lucky Dog is not your typical cancer memoiWhat happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist laymen s term cancer surgery doctor thinks she has cancer herself Enter Sarah Boston a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer From the moment she uses her husband s portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump he s a vet, too it s clear Lucky Dog is not your typical cancer memoir She takes us on a hysterical and thought provoking journey through the human healthcare system from the perspective of an animal doctor Weaving funny and poignant stories of dogs she s treated along the way, this is an insightful memoir about what the human medical world can learn from the way we treat our canine counterparts Lucky Dog teaches us to trust our instincts, be our own advocates, and laugh while we re doing it.

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    1. First off I would like to say "Jesus in a white coat" you are not Dr. Sarah. I don't usually read autobiography but excited when I saw this in the library as my Coding instructor had mentioned it in conversation (she had just started reading it at the time) I found Dr. Sarah to have a huge ego, she is quite full of herself and I find it interesting that everyone on her circle has seemed to have had an awful to terrible experience with the human health care system. I have worked in a Toronto hosp [...]

    2. This book was just plain awful. I'm still not sure why I read the whole thing, other than it was an easy read. All Sarah does is complain: about her doctor, about the Canadian medical system, about people that have a different life than she does, about how she knows better than the doctors. It becomes really irritating. But if you imagine her saying how she knows best in a really sarcastic voice, it makes it tolerable.I was hoping this would be a nice book about dogs. I was very wrong.

    3. There are no words for how much I love this book. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry, it made me think and reflect. It made me nostalgic for my first clinic job by reminding me of the senseless task of washing and autoclaving syringes. It made me nostalgic for my time at Guelph. Reading thia book gave me all of the feels. I am recommending this book to everyone - if you are a veterinarian, if you work in veterinary medicine, if you are a pet owner, or a Canadian who has dealt with our hea [...]

    4. As my sister had the same thyroid cancer 4 years ago, I was interested in this book. The author is funny at times. She describes well the frustration of waiting for diagnosis and treatment. On the one hand, my sister's cancer was discovered early by a intuitive general physician. On the other hand, when the cancer was growing again in her neck lymph nodes, all of her doctors said it was 'nothing' until she insisted that she have an ultrasound. The author has great compassion for animals and I en [...]

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. She writes beautifully about her own experience with cancer and dealing with the Canadian health care system. Loved the dog stories!

    6. Although I did not personally like the way the author portrayed herself in this autobiography (I am also a veterinarian, and let's just say she's a very stereotypical surgeon), I do think she did a great job explaining some of the challenges associated with socialized medicine here in Canada, particularly with cancer treatment (although in all fairness, some of the inadequacies in her particular case was more because of the actual doctors and nurses she dealt with, as opposed to shortcomings in [...]

    7. This isn't going to be an uplifting, full of hope book about cancer. Having cancer sucks, but I think having cancer and knowing exactly what it was doing to you would be even worse. Dealing with the pressures and constraints of the Canadian medical teams seems even more drastic; but having dealt with doctors that either don't believe your symptoms, reassure you with 'probably' or completely ignore you I have a tiny understanding of what this must have felt like, minus the whole cancer can kill y [...]

    8. Hard one to rate. The story kept me interested and I guess I enjoyed reading the book. But man oh man I was not a fan of the author. She made herself seem like she was very arrogant, full of herself, and selfish. And as someone well versed in the human medical practice I wasn't pleased that she pretty much dissed every single physician she was in contact with. One example, " I don't feel that physicians take the same amount of time to explain to their patients what is happening as I do for my cl [...]

    9. The back cover says, "A hilarious and heartwarming memoir about what our most beloved pets can teach us about health care and ourselves." That's what I expected to read but as others have reviewed, not what we got. It is, indeed, a memoir about a vet's own experience with her cancer and the Ontario health care system. I appreciate that her own medical knowledge made her a great advocate for her own treatment, and her assertion that privately-paid health care in Florida (for people) and everywher [...]

    10. This book definitely lives up to the description on the back cover: "it's clear this will not be your typical cancer memoir". Refreshingly honest, open, enlightening, hilarious, life-affirming, and heartwarming without being overly sentimental. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Loved it.

    11. I found the veterinarian sections very interesting, being a person who might question giving a pet cancer treatment. I did find the author's experiences sad, but not representative of many people's cancer journeys. I hope that all her trash talking made her feel better - time to move on and hope there are no law suits. Sounds like the US is a much better fit for her.

    12. I really wanted to like this book. I normally love dog books, fiction or otherwise. I simply couldn't like the author. I found her to be frustrating. Maybe it's just me, but I really struggled to empathize with her. The takeaway for me is that you really have to do your research and be your own advocate when navigating the Canadian health care system.

    13. I was excited to read this as my sister used to work with Dr. Boston and she raved about this book. Although I'm not in the field, I loved it too - hilarious, informative, heart breaking and honestry well done!

    14. An honest voice regarding cancer, our relationship to it as a society, medical care, and veterinary care. Very readable. Entertaining and thought provoking. mmbookandmovie/20

    15. The book jacket says it's hilarious - no. There are moments of humor. It was worth reading for one woman's perspective on a) the experience of having a cancer that is relatively treatable and b) the Canadian health care system. I finished it but would not recommend it.

    16. Gainesville veterinarian. Interesting study of the Canadian health care system as well as the differences in how our own doctors could sometimes learn something from our pets' doctors.

    17. Veterinarians treat their cancer patients better and with more compassion than human doctors treat theirs.

    18. This book has got it going on, as the kids say. Or maybe used to say. I’m a little bit behind with respect to pop culture, I’m told. Anyway. WOW! Dr. Boston’s book resonates with me on so many levels, I cannot count them. I have always enjoyed reading stories about animals, especially stories about veterinary medicine. I would venture to say that the James Herriot novels are my favorite books of all time. This book is definitely up on the top ten list.So, what makes this book so great? Wel [...]

    19. Sometimes I have to force myself to finish a book. This was one of those times. I enjoyed Dr. Boston's stories about her various veterinary "adventures"; these she managed to convey with great enthusiasm.Her own story (mostly MIS-adventures, it would seem) was quite off-putting. She seemed to whine and complain throughout the entire book. Her biggest complaints were about the Canadian health system. While I understand her frustration, I think some of her displeasure could easily have been placed [...]

    20. This is a surprisingly chatty and quick-paced read about a Canadian veterinarian's frustrating experiences with the Canadian Health Care system. Dr. Sarah Boston, a veterinary oncologist-surgeon, essentially diagnosed her own thyroid cancer but had one heck of a time getting specialists to do the same. The book covers Boston's cancer journey, comparing and contrasting it with the experiences of the companion-animal cancer patients she sees, treats, and operates on. In general, companion animals- [...]

    21. I loved this book. I like how it interwove her profession as a veterinary oncologist with her discovery and journey of her own cancer. She found her cancer because of her profession. She knew from experience how a mass felt but had a lot of trouble getting the medical attention that she needed because of the Canadian health system. She had a BIG problem with the healthcare system there and it took her nine months to get a diagnosis. It was mostly a lot of waiting weeks for appointments and tests [...]

    22. I downloaded this book from the library without really looking at the subject, only the title I actually thought this book was a "dog story" of some nice beach reading. But in fact this is the story of a veterinarian who discovered that she had thyroid cancer, and chronicles her journey through discovery, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, interspersing with how dogs are treated when they are going through a similar procedure. Somehow the Canadian Medical System falls flat on its face in th [...]

    23. When my dog needed more care my local vet referred us to the Purdue University Small Animal Hospital. Purdue University is the only veterinary school in Indiana and they provide world class care. Our first trip was an emergency and I was impressed at the way my dog's case was handled. We later made return trips for follow-up care and the care was excellent. Having worked in health care issues for humans it struck me that the true model for excellence in care was provided each day by my local vet [...]

    24. I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, the author's tone and attitude annoyed me at times. I wondered if I was going to enjoy this book enough to want to continue reading it. I am glad I did.The author's issues in getting the treatment she needed was unbelievable. What made it more ironic is the fact that if she was one of her veterinary patients, she would seem to receive better service and care in a shorter time frame.I loved the stories of animals she had treated and was sho [...]

    25. Sarah Boston is a veterinarian oncologist who takes care of the animals who has cancer . She thinks she has cancer herself. Her husband is a veterinarian also. She describes using her husbands portable ultra sound machine to investigate her lump. Her vet training gives her the skills to identify her own cancer. She tells the steps that an animal goes through as compared to a human having cancer. This book tells what we can learn from the way we treat our canines. Teaches us to trust our instinct [...]

    26. The author's self-deprecating humor made this book a quick and easy read. Her experience with Canada's healthcare system reminded me a lot of our military healthcare. My friend died in her early 30's from colon cancer because military docs insisted she had IBS with no testing, just played the odds and insisted her risk was low. Another MSgt is going through this in CO right now. No tests until you're Stage IV and terminal. So aggravating. Anyway, I also loved the anecdotes about her patients and [...]

    27. There are so many comments here about the author's huge ego and over criticism of Canadian healthcare, but I didn't find either to be true. I found her self-deprecating and funny, my favorite combination, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt her critique of her country"s medical system. It sounds like she's lucky to have survived it! And I have to say that some of the bits about animals made me cry. She knows what she's talking about when she discusses the bonds we have with our four-legged [...]

    28. As long as you understand that this is primarily a book about the author's experiences with nationalized health care in Canada and not another book about being a veterinarian, you will like it. She does tell some stories about her work as a veterinary surgeon. But mostly it is about her bout with thyroid cancer and the extreme difficulty of getting timely care in Canada. She now lives in Florida and appreciates the greater efficiency of the American system where if you have insurance and/or mone [...]

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