And it's driving me nuts.
I work ER in a small town. Many of my clients can't afford preventative care, let alone the big bills associated with emergency veterinary care. I see many, many "home fixes." It drives me crazy, because by the time I see these patients, they're in far, far worse condition and require far, far more treatment (that's expensive). I can't stand seeing this scenario.
So, on that note, my mom called me the other day. Her dog was attacked by a pit bull. He suffered pretty nasty wounds from her description. Concurrently, my father was in the hospital for emergency surgery. So, instead of taking the dog to the vet, she just let him sit at home with his wounds.
Wait, no. That's not true. She started him on pain medications and antibiotics under her own direction. She didn't even ask me if or what she should use. And for the record, despite my dad being in the hospital, one of my brothers could have taken the dog to the vet. It wasn't as if there was NO ONE to help with the scenario.
She called me a couple of days later and relayed that the dog wouldn't get up at all, and the wounds were worse than she thought. I tried to hide my irritation when heavily recommending that he should see a veterinarian.
Thankfully, 3 days after the injury, she took him to the vet. He stayed overnight to have his wounds debrided and sutured, and he required drains, as well. Luckily, they don't appear to have become infected yet.
*Gack* Why is it my own family who doesn't take my advice on pet care? I have to see it every single day at work. It'd be nice to not have to watch my own mother do it!