- “If you really cared about animals you wouldn’t charge so much.”
- “You should name a wing of this hospital after me, for all the money I’ve spent.”
- “I don’t get paid until next Friday. Can you hold a check?”
- “Is that the lowest you can go?”
- “You vets are only in it for the money.”
- “I bet you drive a Porsche.”
For about a tenth of a second I thought about trying out one of those lines on the plumber: “If you really cared about washers you wouldn’t charge me,” or, “Think of my poor children! They won’t have clean clothes to wear to school!” But I didn’t, because I’m a decent person. Instead, I handed over the credit card.
For most people who claim they “can’t” afford veterinary care, it’s really that they choose not to spend money on veterinary care. It’s all a matter of priorities. If your priorities are an iPhone, shiny new SUV, and cigarettes, don’t try to make me feel guilty. I feel sorry for your pet that he is stuck with you as an owner, but I don’t feel sorry for you and your poor decisions.
And for the record, I drive a ’99 Subaru with 209,000 miles on it, having upgraded from an ’88 Blazer with 180,000 miles that couldn’t turn left in the cold without stalling.