Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love) is a fun read about what it is like to be an exotic pet vet.
As an exotic pet owner (Yuki the hedgehog) I was really excited to see the other side of the coin so to speak. So often we think just about dogs and cats, but all pets need care.
We have had a lot of “exotic” pets, and finding a good vet that can treat them isn’t always easy. Dr. Hess (the author) would be an amazing vet to visit, as she not only cares about the pets, but the people as well.
The book starts out with a mystery concerning adorable sugar gliders, but we also hear the tales of many other patients. This “week in the life” book is an enjoyable read. It’s certainly fast paced, just like her practice!
As an animal lover I loved hearing the stories, with a lot of good advice on care mixed in, about different animals. Of course, there were moments that were sad too, as not every patient makes a recovery. These moments show how much Dr. Hess and her staff care about the pets and their people though, and shows a side of vet care that we pet parents often don’t see.
Unlikely Companions is a great read for any animal lover. Written in a style that reminds me a bit of a journal, it’s a look not just at the vet practice, but at Dr. Hess’s life as well. And of course, what would a fun story be without a head of curly hair that is irresistible to her patients?
*I received a copy of the book in exchange for my review.