At the Vet’s office today I had a woman call asking for an estimate for X-Rays, this has been an ongoing fiasco for two months now. Her dog injured its leg over the summer and she refused treatment because she didn’t have the money, we did give her dog painkillers though while she saved up to have the x-rays and treatment done. So anyways the woman calls today and I make up an estimate for 3 views, we really only plan on doing 1 or 2, but I always do a high estimate so there can only be happy surprises, which I explained to her. The estimate ended up being about $190 for three views and the exam visit, and the woman just flipped, I honestly couldn’t even understand what she was saying to me, she was that hysterical.
Now I completely understand being upset about the situation, I’m no millionaire either, and there’s few things worse than having a pet get sick unexpectedly, but there are ways to avoid this from happening, if you cant have at least $1200 dollars in savings on the side, Don’t have a dog! Don’t get me wrong I love dogs and cats more than anything and I could never feel complete without one but they can be very, very expensive at times and while it is worth it, there’s no denying that sometimes you are better off not having a pet. Trust me, you have no idea how many clients at my work don’t provide the proper care for their animals because they can’t afford it, which frustrates the entire staff because the animals are worse off with these people.
So I started to calm down the woman a little bit but she was still crying, and then she said something that I’ve heard a million times and always angers me “I’m just going to have to put him to sleep, I just can’t afford this damn dog anymore”. My blood always boils when I hear that, while yes I understand sometimes it’s better to let go for the sake of the animal, this was not what was best for the dog! It was a five year old beagle who tore its ACL! not anything fatal, nothing that couldn’t be fixed! while yes the surgery can be around 1200 dollars, you are that dogs owner, they rely on you for everything but yet you throw away their life because you don’t want to make $100 dollar payments once a month.
Now this whole situation hasn’t been resolved yet, and I wish it had been today because I know I’m going to lose sleep over this. I convinced the woman to hold off on euthanizing the dog for now while we try to work out a payment plan she can do, but while I’m calm and collected on the outside all I’m thinking is this woman doesn’t deserve us to help her, she shouldn’t have this dog, and I wish people like her had enough common sense to wait until they were in a financially stable position before adopting an animal. Working in a Veterinary Practice can drive you insane sometimes.