You walked into my clinic - not an established client with a relationship - but someone who rarely sought any care at all for your pet. You told me your pet was "up to date" with vaccines but you couldn't provide any proof. (I have to take this information at face value even though it can potentially put my entire staff at risk)
You told my receptionist you could pay for the exam. We believed you. So I stopped what I was doing with my established, paying client and ran to your emergency. Just like I always do.
Your little dog was bitten by a bigger dog. And it was badly, badly injured. I informed you that its injuries were SO bad, that she needed to see a specialist or be euthanized. I would get her stabilized and then send you to the surgeon.
You immediately said you had no money for extensive treatment. Thank you for being honest. You asked me to just put her to sleep because you couldn't afford treatment. I thanked you again for not telling me I should treat for free and arguing with me.
You lied when you said you could pay for the exam. Your truth was that you had a pack of cigarettes in your purse and a look of crystal meth on your face. I know that look. I see it a lot.
So I had to pay for the exam, the euthanasia of your badly injured pet and the cost of disposing of her body because you had no money. Zero. None. Because, yes, I do love animals. And I hate to see them suffer.
I don't fault you for not having any money.
But if you realized that this scenario plays out every single day in my practice, you'd realize how much money it costs me. Actually, though, you probably wouldn't. You have no idea and you don't get it. You've made personal choices that don't allow you to take care of your pet.
You expect someone else to do it for you. And I did, because I care more for your dog than you did. I could have said No and sent you to the shelter where they would have euthanized her for $25. You wouldn't have been with her, holding her while she went to sleep. You wouldn't have been able to sit in my exam room for an hour sobbing and grieving, making us all cry.
No, instead, I sucked it up like I always do and I did what I could. We humanely euthanized her and ended her suffering.
And you didn't pay me one dime. That bill for the disposal of the body will be here next week, and the staff who took care of her and eased her anxiety still got paid, and my good paying established client had to wait for a long time while I dealt with you.
I'm the one who didn't get paid. I incurred 100% of the costs.
So the next time someone tells me I'm greedy or that I charge too much or that I don't care about animals.... Screw you. You are misinformed, uneducated or downright ignorant.
This scenario plays out every day in every veterinary clinic in every state of this country. So articles like the one written below - are fantastic. Keep pissing us off by making one of the most humane, caring, underpaid professions in the country look bad. We are starting to congregate and realize that you are doing this to us and we are starting to fight back.