Calling a vet seems to be the last thing most graziers want to do. It could be the expense. It could be that we’re running from one thing to the next and feel like we don’t have time and we think some minor adjustment might solve the problem. Or maybe we’re worried that it’s nothing, and the animal will get better soon. I understand. I’ve made the mistake myself, and it led to disastrous consequences.
To help with all that, I have a low-cost, entertaining solution that will give you some insight on potential health problems, and help you know when calling the vet will save you more money than it will cost. It’s Memoirs of a Country Vet, a blog by Dr. David Larsen.
You can read his blog for free, and sign up here to get notifications when new stories come out. Or, if you have a grazier on your Holiday Gift List, consider one of the two short story books he’s written. I’ve added the links for the books below, or, if you’re an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can download them for free.
And if you need other gift suggestions, visit the On Pasture Shop. I’ve added suggestions there for all kinds of gifts and goodies for the graziers in your life.
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I hope that helps a bit with your Holiday gift giving.
Thanks for reading!
Books by Dr. David E. Larsen
Last Cow in the Chute
In these real-life stories from forty years of veterinary practice in a small community in western Oregon, Dr. David E. Larsen captures the essence of daily life as a solo veterinary practice before the days of emergency clinics on every corner and specialty help within reach. Dave writes with equal respect and dedication about the animals he treats, all sizes, from bulls to mice, and of the life and death decisions their owners must make. He draws on the vast experience of his training, and applies the art of veterinary care that were taught to him by colleagues, many times lessening the tension in serious situations with subtle humor and providing needed education to grateful clients.
Widow Woman’s Ranch & Other Stories
“These memoirs are gleaned mostly from my memory, as few early records survive. They are presented in a rough chronological order. But in a small town mixed veterinary practice in the 1970s and 1980s, there was little control in what came through the door. And to some degree, these memoirs try to reflect that chaos.
This is the second book in a series of hopefully four or five books. Books will be similar to this book with short stories of specific snapshots in my life. In the third book, I will include some stores of my early life and my Army experience. Those stories will provide a little insight into the making of a veterinarian. ”