Have to say that whether or not the advice in here is something that is medically advisable or not - I found the statements about vets and money to be REALLY distasteful and nasty.
Also I'm sorry but I felt that someone needed to step up and point out what seems to get ignored most of the time.
They have LICENSES to protect. Supplying non medically trained people with medical supplies WITHOUT a doctor-patient relationship is something that can affect their licenses to practice veterinary medicine - and perhaps even lose it.
This does not make them *money-grubbing*. It makes them people just like you and me that have their own mortgages, bills, and FAMILIES to take care of.
The reality is that people acquire pets without doing a speck of research or spending even a second to think about "what happens if something goes wrong?". That is their OWN fault. It's not the fault of anyone else. I'm not being judgmental when I say this, but if there is fault anywhere, it would be with the human that created the situation, and that is being purely objective.
Vets get approached ALL THE TIME by people claiming they can't afford this or that - never mind that they pop out a droid in the waiting room, pulled into the driveway in a beamer, flash their sparkling veneers, and run outside to grab a smoke. My point in saying that is those are CHOICES the owner has made in how to spend their disposable income. And it wasn't to the pet's benefit. Yes there are people that really can't afford it ... but if any vet helped out EVERY SINGLE person that claimed that - they would lose everything they worked so hard for, and they wouldn't be able to pay those student loans (have you EVER really SEEN the debt a vet student takes out of college??? It is STAGGERING!), the mortgage on the clinic, their own house and bills and caring for their families and their pets ... they all have to say "No. Sorry." *somewhere*.
And it REALLY bugs me to see people say if the vet CARED ABOUT ANIMALS ... they would treat the pet for FREE.
Okay yeah. Sooo, you gonna try that on the plumber? If you really loved pipes you'd do it for free! Or the electric company? Gee if you LOVED electricity you'd provide it for free. How about the dentist? Gosh if you LOVED teeth you'd treat my cavities for FREE! Or how about the doctor - golly doctor, if you loved people you'd treat my cancer for FREE!
Does ANYONE on this planet seriously think any of the above professions ought to work for free? Does anyone even try it? If not, WHY not? Why aren't THEY all evil money grubbing people when they say no, sorry that is the price for this service.
Add to that - excuse me, but it isn't the VET making money an issue. It's ALWAYS the owner of the pet. Let's turn it around and look at it from their perspective! They see that you pet is needing medical attention ... but that YOU (the sobbing loving owner who claims to love this creature) isn't willing to pay for it's care. Sure you love it more than life itself, but OMG if you are expected to pay for a procedure to SAVE it's LIFE - you decide that you'd rather take it home to "see if it will live". Lovely. Nice. or even better say "it's just a dog. I'll go home and shoot it, cheaper that way" And YES, vets hear that ALL. THE. TIME. The emotional blackmail is sickening. Imagine seeing a sweet dog wagging it's tail with that is sick that you can fix but the owner decides it's too much money and takes it home and the dog dies. And yet that same owner will blame the VET for caring more about money than the dog, but yet ... WHO decided to take the dog come because of *money* where it then died because it did not receive medical care?
Now imagine facing that every day, year after year.
From the vets point of view .. it is "Gee if you loved your pet, why aren't you willing to pay for it's medical bills?" It's NOT the *vet* making the choices, it's the OWNER. All vets have stories about owners that were homeless and they thought for sure that they would choose to euth and somehow these poorest of poor people - for REALS poor - somehow manage to find a way to pay. Because the pet meant their world, and that meant they would somehow find a way - they didn't make it the vet's fault, or whatever, they found a way to manage it.
It is just wrong to make the vets into villains, IMO, for just expecting to get get paid to do their job. Would ANY of you reading this give away your paycheck for *every* person that asked? Do you walk into the grocery store and explain that you need this food to live but that you don't have money - and get mad if the store says no?
And lets not forget too, if you want pets to be made into companions and not property - you wouldn't get the CHOICE to walk away and try to "wing it on your own", that choice would be removed.
Sorry - I mean I get it - I really do. Before I learned what being a responsible owner was, it never occurred to me to plan for medical care. And I even get that life throws curve balls. Right now for example if something happened to Toby I'd be SCREWED. Life hasn't been going ideally like I planned when I got Toby (when things had been stable for ten years) .. ever since I got him, EVERYTHING changed and our finances plummeted.
The difference is, is this time I know what I should be doing, and that I also know - if he needs medical care right now, I am flat out screwed, and will need to scramble, and am trying to build a buffer as a "just in case". But in NO way would I consider calling ANY vet a money grubber because they expect to be paid to do their job. Nor would I consider a vet that cared more about getting paid than saving the pet to not be a "REAL vet".
They ARE a "real" vet, but they are a vet that likely has been stiffed a hundred times, or watched the "poor person" drive off in a brand new car even the vet couldn't afford, dripping in expensive luxury items that had they opted to NOT but, they probably would have had the cash to pay and are obviously making enough money to afford the care, but the pet isn't as big as a priority to the owner to choose it over the newest trend. It's not right to malign someone trying to protect themselves from yet another scam artist.
Sorry - that just rankles me. It's not accurate, it's not fair, and the reality is, the real person making money an ISSUE isn't the VET - it's the OWNER. At least point the finger in the right direction.
In all fairness, it just needed to be said. Vets are good people, by and large, that make big sacrifices to attain their education, their skill, and their living. It is not their fault if the pet owner didn't plan for medical care when they acquired a pet, and they didn't cause the situation where the pet required medical care.
:::gets off her soapbox:::