Do vets take advantage of the love we have for our pets?

I’ve been a dog and/or cat owner for almost 30 years and I have had some stunningly brilliant veterinarians. They were compassionate, caring, well-versed in not only animal but animal-owner care too. Some were one-time, after-hours emergency vets, some I still drive out of my way to consult or arrange our visits so I can see a particular vet in a large practice.

Although I am about to launch in to a major complaint against the profession in general, I cannot stress enough – if you are a pet owner, a good vet is the BEST friend and ally you can have, and they will always care for your pet (and for you) to the very best of their ability. Good vets are worth their weight in gold!

However. I have gone through a lot of vets to find those gems. In some cases I passed over a vet with a wealth of knowledge with a lack of compassion. In other cases, it seemed they suffered from too much pressure from outside influences (drug companies and pet food companies) that seemed to color their recommendations. In other cases, it was the opulence of the office which corresponded with the size of the bill, which just seemed way out of line.

So apart from those rare gems, I do believe that the majority of veterinarians (and the pet care industry in general) take advantage, unfair advantage, of desperate, uninformed and unwary pet owners.

Many of us love our pets as much as we love our spouses, children and friends – the reasons why are varied and often debatable – but even the sanest of us adore our cats and dogs (or even our snakes and goats) beyond all sensibility. And it is very easy to take advantage of us, even those of us who know better.

Vets (with the help of dog food companies and pharmaceutical companies) suck us in to paying outrageous prices for inedible dog food and unnecessary tests, medications and preventatives. We MUST take our cats and especially our dogs in for a yearly visit, whether they are ill or not, and sensible preventatives aren’t available unless you make a regular trip – with the cost of an office call and “wellness” exam in addition to the various tests and treatments.

Dog food and medications were the first real instances of being taken advantage of by a vet that I experienced. My boy was prone to diarrhea and vomiting, and reacted very badly to his yearly combined inoculations. The vet tried to sell me a $50 dollar bag of dog food that looked like sawdust (Ben refused to eat it) and charged me $25 dollars for a shot that was supposed to counteract

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