I make no bones about it: I'm disgusted with the public. I'm disgusted with their sense of entitlement and their demands placed on those around them when most of them really don't contribute a damned thing to this country. While there are still a lot of really good people out there, I swear I am coming into contact with more and more people who simply have no appreciation for what we do and are flaming assholes.
A little dog came in to my clinic a few weeks ago after being attacked by something and suffering from a lot of very deep lacerations, and the owner informed me he "had to go and get her from the back of his property with his Quad". Okay, you own a quad and I don't. That's perfectly fine. I'm only a little jealous. But then he went on a rant to me, telling me that the price I quoted him for wound treatment on his little dog (the wounds were EXTENSIVE) was "ridiculous". So we did the best we could with what he had, which included treating for shock, cleaning up the wounds and getting the dog on meds. Hey, sometimes that's all you can do.
Did I mention the dog had never had a rabies vaccine? And it wasn't spayed?
Anyway, the dog did OK but the owner was ridiculous. I wanted to tell him to sell his damned quad and maybe that jacked up 4WD truck he was driving. Or, I dunno, maybe stop popping so many drugs that make you seem like a creepy weirdo to my staff? I've seen enough of it. I know.
Just last week I had a hairdresser tell me that $600 was an outrageous amount of money for the emergency pyometra surgery done on her 5 y.o. dog, and she was even more annoyed that the vet wouldn't give her a payment plan for this surgery. Never mind the facts here, folks:
1.) Spaying your dog when it was a puppy would have been cheaper and avoided this emergency that you obviously did not plan for, and now expect someone else to pay for it until you are able to make all of those payments, if you even do.
2.) Perhaps you are living in an area you cannot afford to live in, if a $600 bill sets you back so much that you must make payments or be in a bad financial situation. Perhaps you are living beyond your means.
I ask, why is this the veterinarian's fault?
I don't think she liked my question, which was: "Do you allow payments on that color and haircut you just gave?"
Her answer: "No, because I charge a reasonable amount."
Well, then she went on to tell me how vets are doing well, and that perhaps we are charging too much for our services, that she "shouldn't have to care" about our debt loads and dropping salaries. Yet, we are supposed to care that she doesn't have $600 for her dog's emergency pyometra surgery? Which, by the way, was a HUGE bargain, IMHO.
My response was to make a bet with her. I bet her that my cat spays cost less than a cut, color and perm at her place.
I was right.
The public is moving faster and faster towards simply not giving a shit about what we do. We've lost a lot of respect and are now viewed as glorified techs by many. Most don't even realize that most of us have 8 years of school under our belt. (some have 6, I know - that's still a lot!)
How do we fix this?
When a hairdresser (and I am NOT picking on hairdressers so don't start with me on that one) makes more money off a freaking hair cut than we make on doing abdominal surgery... something is royally screwed up, don't ya think?