Veterinarians? Why Do They Cross the Line Over From Compassion to Greed?

MY FRIENDS HERE AND ALL OVER, I SEE HOW MANY OF YOU LOVE ANIMALS. SOME OF YOU EVEN WRITE ABOUT THEM AND POST PHOTOS OF THEM, SO ADORABLE TO SEE.  MOST HERE KNOW AND FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT KNOW, THIS ALANAKALANAN WARRIOR IS AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST AMONG OTHER THINGS.

I JUST KNOW DOGS, CATS. ETC; NEED OUR SUPPORT PROTECTION AND LOVE.  IT IS OUR JOB TO ENSURE THEY ARE HEALTHY, HAPPY AND LOVED.  THEY IN RETURN GIVE US, WHAT I BELIEVE IS LOVE,  WARMTH, AND FRIENDSHIP.  THEY ARE TRULY OUR REAL BFF’S (BESTS FRIENDS FOREVER). I THINK THIS IS A COMMON PHILOSOPHY AMONG ACTIVISTS.   ALL ALANAKALANIAN WARRIORS AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, ARE ALSO AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST.   IT COMES WITH THE JOB…

AS MY WARRIORS ALL KNOW I RECENTLY LOST A BELOVED FRIEND, AND AS I AM SURE MY FEELINGS, AND COMMENTS, WERE WELL EXPRESSED HERE THROUGH POSTS THAT I WROTE THAT DEPICTED MY PAIN AND SORROW FROM LOSING SUCH A MAGNIFICENT FRIEND.  SADLY, HE SUFFERED BEFORE HE DIED, AND ALTHOUGH THE ANIMAL HOSPITALS, AND HIS CARDIOLOGIST, WHO KNEW I WOULD HAVE GONE INTO BANKRUPTCY, SOLD MY CAR, HOUSE, LIVED IN A CAVE,  TO PREVENT THIS THEY COULDN’T HELP HIM IN HIS FINAL DAYS.  THEY DID SUGGEST AN OVER $1000 OVERNIGHT STAY HIS FINAL DAYS WHEN THEY HAD NO CURE OR PROCEDURE THAT COULD SAVE HIM, AS THEY NEVER DID THEY GIVE UP ON SUGGESTING THINGS TO CHARGE ME A COST ONLY TO REMIND ME THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO FOR HIM.

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My #Angel boy’s# final days

 

I HONESTLY ALWAYS FELT IT WAS A LAST-MINUTE ATTEMPT TO GET A DESPERATE, AND DISTRAUGHT WOMAN WHO WOULD HAVE GIVEN ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY TO LET HIM LIVE.  TODAY AS I LOOK BACK I SEE HOW THEY TOO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME.  EVEN THE MEDICATION, (PHARMACIES) HAD THEY HAND IN THE POT AS WELL WHEN IT CAME TO TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ME A BIT…

THE CHEAPEST PLACES THEY TOLD ME TO GO FOR MEDICATION STILL THE PRICES WERE OUTRAGEOUS.  MY POOR BABY HAD TO TAKE  6 PILLS 3 TIMES A DAY, AS I DID BEG THEM TO INCREASE THE DOSAGE OF SOME PILLS INSTEAD OF GIVING HIM 3 PILLS TO MEET THAT DOSAGE, WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE THE NUMBER OF PILLS HE HAD TO SWALLOW AT ONE TIME.     SAD SO SAD.  WHY WAS I THE ONE SUGGESTING DECREASING THE NUMBER OF PILLS HE WOULD TAKE BY INCREASING THE DOSAGE OF ONE PILL INSTEAD. WHEN DID THEY STOP CARING ABOUT STUFF LIKE THAT?

THEY COULD CHARGE MORE WHEN THERE WERE MORE PILLS, OPPOSED TO FEWER PILLS WITH A LARGER DOSAGE YOU FIGURE IT OUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW I WOULD PAY ANYTHING TO ENSURE MY ANGEL BOY NEEDED IT TO KEEP HIM ALIVE IN THE FINAL MONTHS OF HIS LIFE.

I’M NOT THE FIRST NOR THE LAST WHO LOOKS BACK AFTER THEY ARE LEFT AND THEIR BELOVED HAS GONE TO HEAVEN, FEEL NOT JUST THE SADNESS BUT COMPASSION FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HAD WEATHERED THIS KIND OF STORM MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN ONCE BECAUSE, LIKE ME,  ONLY VERY LITTLE TO RELY ON WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING OUR PET FROM SOME DEADLY DISEASE.

I HAD TO TRUST THE VETS BECAUSE THAT IS ALL I HAD TO HELP MY BOY.  MOST OFTEN WE CAN’T AFFORD IT.  ALTHOUGH WE THINK WE HAVE CREDIT, AND EVEN INSURANCE, THE COST ALWAYS EXCEEDS WHAT WE CAN AFFORD.  SO VERY SAD REALLY.  SOMEHOW EACH VET I HAVE SPOKEN WITH REGARDING COST, APPEAR TO UNDERSTAND BUT YET COSTS ARE NOT LOWERED, AND EVEN A WELLNESS VISIT COULD COST ONE A CAR PAYMENT.Image result for vet office

I KNOW, THIS TOPIC HAS BEEN BATTED AROUND SO MUCH BY BLOGGERS AND OTHER WRITERS. BUT VERY LITTLE IS DONE TO MAKE A PET OWNER NOT FEAR TO TAKE THEIR PET FOR A ROUTINE VISIT.  I FEAR IT, I FEAR NOT THE PRICE OF THE VISIT BUT WHAT IF THEY TELL ME MY PET IS SICK AND THEN HOW MUCH IT WILL BE TO SAVE HIS LIFE?  I HAVE ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DOBERMAN, COUSIN TO MY DOBERMAN I LOST IN JANUARY, FROM DCM.  WHICH WAS FATAL BECAUSE IT WAS GENETIC.  I, OF COURSE, HAD MY OTHER CHECKED FOR THE SAME DISEASE, HE WAS CLEARED FROM HAVING IT.  BTW, THE TEST, NORMALLY $350.00, AND IT SO IRKS ME WHEN THEY TELL YOU THEY ARE CHEAPER THAN SURROUNDING HOSPITALS.  I KNOW THEY PROBABLY ARE, BUT MAYBE BY 20 BUCKS,.  WHOOPIE…

I ALWAYS SAY KNOWLEDGE IS AWARENESS, AWARENESS IS THE POWER.  UNFORTUNATELY, AWARENESS COMES WITH A HUGE PRICE TAG WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING YOUR SICK PET.

I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHEN DID THIS PROFESSION IN GENERAL STOP CARING, I MEAN IT APPEARS TO ME LIKE ALL BUSINESS, NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN FEEL SAFE AND YOU ARE NOT ABOUT TO GET RIPPED OFF.

MY LAST VISIT WITH MY PET I WAS TOLD BY THE VET THE BLOOD TEST RESULT HAD GIVEN HER A REASON TO BE CONCERNED. OMG, I FELT LIKE SLIPPING INTO THE PORTRAIT OF MY BABIES I PAINTED, IT WAS SAFE THERE THEY BOTH WERE ALIVE, HAPPY AND HEALTHY.

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The portrait of my babies

I COULD LIVE THERE PEACEFULLY WITHOUT ANY HEARTACHE FROM, SCARY THINGS LIKE “A BLOOD TEST THAT HAS GIVEN MY VET A REASON TO BE CONCERNED”.   NO MAGIC COULD BE CONJURED UP SO I LISTENED WITH AN OVERWHELMING FEELING OF A PANIC ATTACK READY TO ATTACK MY BODY AT ANY SECOND.   SHE CONTINUED TO INFORM ME THAT HE HAD ELEVATIONS IN LIVER ENZYMES IN HIS BLOOD. TELLING ME THAT FOR THE 2 YEARS THEY HAD SHOWN MINOR ISSUES, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE HER THE FEELING OF “CONCERN”.  AT THAT POINT SHE WANTED TESTS, TO SEE WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY BOY’S LIVER.  HER OFFICE WAS NOT EQUIPPED TO GIVE HIM AN ULTRASOUND SO SHE MADE AN APPOINTMENT AT A LOCAL ANIMAL HOSPITAL.  I WAS QUOTED A PRICE, AND AS A FAVOR TO MY VET, THEY WOULD GIVE ME A DISCOUNT.  EVEN WITH THE DISCOUNT, I WAS A BIT SURPRISED BY THE PRICE, AS I THOUGHT, OTHERS HAVE TO PAY MORE?   WHEN I ASKED IF THE DOCTOR COULD GIVE ME THE RESULTS RIGHT AFTER?  I WAS TOLD BY THE TEC THAT WOULD COST $200, TO TELL ME, $350 TO DISCUSS TREATMENT, BLAH, BLAH.  SHAMEFUL I THOUGHT, AS I WORRIED AND FELT LIKE A WALKING PANIC ATTACK PRAYING THOSE RESULTS CAME OUT NORMAL I JUST COULD NOT FIND THE STUPIDITY TO GIVE THIS HOSPITAL WHAT SOME FOLKS MAKE IN A WEEK, SO I MUTTERED TO HER “DISGUSTING” INSTEAD, NO DOUBT IT WAS REGARDING THE COST. SOMETHING INNOCENTLY SAID THAT HAS COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE BUTT.

I WAITED NERVOUSLY, FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS TO HEAR THE RESULTS FROM MY VET. THE REPORT WAS A-OK, BUT THAT ONLY RULED OUT A BUNCH OF STUFF, THERE WERE STILL MORE TESTS THAT HAD TO BE TAKEN, AND TODAY HE HAS ANOTHER BLOOD TEST TO ENSURE HIS BLOOD CLOTS BECAUSE THE NEXT STEP IS A BIOPSY.  THAT WILL ENTAIL A LONG NEEDLE BEING JABBED INTO HIS LIVER, AND OF COURSE, THIS POOR BABY WILL AT LEAST BE SEDATED.  SHE BELIEVES HAS TOO MUCH COPPER IN HIS LIVER, THIS IS A VERY BAD THING.

I ASKED HER TO FAX ME OVER THE ULTRASOUND REPORT AND BLOOD WORK RESULTS.  IT WAS ALL THERE AND EVEN MORE.   THE REPORT FROM THE HOSPITAL HE HAD THE ULTRASOUND, THE DOCTOR, AND CO-OWNER WHO WROTE THE REPORT NOT ONLY DOCUMENTED HE ALSO ADDED AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT HE INFORMED WHOEVER READ THAT REPORT THAT HE FOUND IT DISHEARTENING THAT AFTER GIVING ME A DISCOUNT I HAD THE NERVE TO CALL EVERYONE INCLUDING HIM” DISGUSTING.” NOW, QUOTING ME OR MISQUOTING ME I ALWAYS ASSUMED ONE WOULD HAVE TO HEAR HIMSELF OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED GOSSIP.   I WAS APPALLED, TO SAY THE LEAST.   I IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE HOSPITAL AND EXPLAINED TO THE OFFICE HOW THAT COMMENT WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT AND TWISTED INTO SOMETHING VERY UGLY.  HE WAS VERY POLITE, AND UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE HE SAID HE WOULD FIX IT.  DID HE?  NO, DID YOU KNOW THAT AFTER 48 HOURS IT IS ILLEGAL TO CHANGE AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT?  HOW DO I KNOW THIS?

THE DOCTOR/CO-OWNER OF THE HOSPITAL WROTE ME AN EMAIL EXPLAINING THIS.  OH AS FOR HIS NOTE REGARDING WHAT HE WROTE ABOUT WHAT HE SAID ABOUT ME, HE EXPLAINED HE DID THAT TO REMIND MY VET HOW PEOPLE ARE WHEN YOU GIVE THEM A DISCOUNT.

I DO NOT DOUBT HE IS OR ONCE WAS A GREAT DOCTOR, COMPASSIONATE WITH ALL THAT GREAT STUFF YOU NEED TO CARE FOR ANIMALS.  HE FAILED.  YOU SEE TO ME THAT WAS JUST MALICIOUS.  DEGRADING ME, OR TRYING TO WHILE NOT KNOWING IF MY PET IS SICK, KNOWING HOW WORRIED I COULD BE, KNOWING ME FROM JUST HAVE GONE THERE IN THE PAST AND NEVER SPEAKING INAPPROPRIATELY TO ANYONE, EVEN AFTER SEVERAL VISITS WITH MY BELOVED ACE WHERE THEY CHARGED ME SO MUCH MONEY AND DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO HELP HIM.  IS HE TRYING TO IMPLY I DID NOT APPRECIATE THE DISCOUNT?  I WAS UNGRATEFUL?  NOT ALLOWING ME A COPY OF THE RESULTS BEFORE I LEFT THE HOSPITAL THAT DAY ALLOWED HIM TO MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME.  NOT SEEING THE REPORT TILL AFTER THE 48 HOURS WAS HOW HE WAS ABLE TO ACHIEVE INJUSTICE.

IS WHAT HE DID ILLEGAL? IF NOT A DEFINITE LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM. I CAN’T FOCUS ON THIS INJUSTICE WHILE MY BOY MAY BE SICK, BUT I WON’T FORGET EITHER.  AS A MATTER OF FACT,  THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE.

IN THE MEANTIME, I AM TRYING TO GET MY LOCAL REP TO BACK A BILL THAT WILL ENFORCE BREEDERS TO TEST THE PARENTS OF THE ANIMALS THEY BREED FOR GENETIC FATAL DISEASES SUCH A DCM.  WHAT IS UNWARRIOR LIKE IS SHE HAS NOT CONTACTED ME, AS I HAVE REACHED OUT TO HER MORE THAN ONCE.  USELESS BILLS ARE PASSED EACH DAY SO I’D LIKE TO SEE ONE PASSED THAT CAN MAKE A GREAT IMPACT ON ANIMAL ABUSE.  I UNDERSTAND THE BUSY PART IF THAT IS THE CASE BUT AT LEAST MAKE SOME ATTEMPT TO LET ME KNOW.

 

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LOTS OF FOLKS THAT READ THIS LIVE OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND MAY HAVE COMPASSIONATE, UNDERSTANDING DOCTORS TAKING CARE OF THEIR PETS.  NOT KNOWING HOW OUTRAGEOUS THE COSTS HERE IN THE U.S. TO CARE FOR YOUR PET’S HEALTH IS SUCH A GOOD THING.  BEING ABLE TO NOT FEAR TO GO TO YOUR VET DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD THE COST OF NEEDING TO SAVE YOUR PET IF HE IS REALLY SICK IS WONDERFUL AND JOYFUL.

A WARRIOR AT HEART WOULD SELL THE FARM TO SAVE THEIR PET, BUT WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO UNAFFORDABLE?  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE TO THE POINT IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD YOUR PET WILL JUST PASS AWAY BECAUSE OF ONE’S NOT HAVING ENOUGH CASH TO SAVE HIM?  THIS HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE, I NEVER HAD A VET SAY WITH A FRIENDLY TONE, DON’T WORRY, WHAT CAN YOU PAY TODAY?   HOPEFULLY, OTHER COUNTRIES, EVEN PARTS HERE IN THE U.S. ARE LIKE THAT.  I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO LUCKY.

AS I KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO MAKE A LIVING, PAY THEIR STAFF, AND BUY, EQUIPMENT SOME, WELL MORE THAN NOT WHAT I HAVE NOTED IT IS FAR MORE THAN WHAT IT SHOULD BE OR HOW IT SHOULD BE.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE IMO TO LEAVE A VET’S OFFICE/HOSPITAL WITHOUT HAVING SOMETHING DONE EVEN IF NOT NEEDED. IF A VET IS ACTUALLY READING THIS I BELIEVE THEY ARE SHAKING THEIR HEAD YES, OUT OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE.

SAD TO ME BUT TRUE, I HAVE HAD IT HAPPEN MORE THAN ONCE.  IN SOME CASES, IT IS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL YOU A CAR.  TRY GOING TO AN ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WITH YOUR POOR SICK PET AND SEE IF YOU GET OUT OF THERE WITHOUT HAVING AT LEAST ONE VERY EXPENSIVE PROCEDURE, TEST, OR MEDICATION YOU REALLY DID NOT NEED TO BE SOLD TO YOU FOR LESS THAN $1000. LIKE I SAID THIS IS MY OWN EXPERIENCE. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO JUST ME.`

I TRY MY BEST TO JUST GRIN AND BEAR IT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL I GOT. IT IS CERTAINLY OBVIOUS THOUGH TO ME THEY HAVE CROSSED OVER THAT VERY THIN LINE BETWEEN COMPASSION AND GREED.
THERE IS ONE LOW-INCOME VET THAT I KNOW OF, BUT YOU MUST BE ON SOME KIND OF ASSISTANCE TO GET CARE. MAYBE MORE CITIES HAVE MORE AS I THINK MY STATE ONLY HAS ONE. THEY ALTHOUGH DO NOT HAVE THE SAME BENEFITS, OTHER PLACES HAVE THIS ONE DOES NOT.
THEY THRIVE I HAVE BEEN TOLD. SOMEHOW I AM GUESSING THROUGH DONATIONS FROM ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS THEY ARE ABLE TO THRIVE WITHOUT ISSUE. THERE IS IN SOME CASES A 50% TO 75% DIFFERENCE IN COSTS. THAT IS KIND OF A RED FLAG OTHER VETS ARE OVERCHARGING.
THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEANT TO POINT ANYONE SPECIFICALLY OUT FOR A COMPLETE LACK OF COMPASSION. I JUST WANT TO BRING AWARENESS TO IT. AS I WON’T JUDGE ALL OF THEM BY THE ONES I HAVE KNOWN, I AM JUST SADDEN OVER THE PERCENTAGE WHO HAVE CROSSED OVER…
AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE HAD THE SAME VET FOR A WHILE AND SHE HAS MANY TIMES GONE FAR AND BEYOND FOR MY BABIES. SHE IS CARING AND VERY GENUINE IMO

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She reminds me of my Veterinarian

 

SO THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT VETS WHO KNOW WHO THEY ARE OR MAY NOT EVEN KNOW…..

In the words of long-dead Papa who was wiser than an owl would say “Know the answer before you ask the question”

 

I AM PRAYING NOW MY BOY IS OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am praying now my boy is ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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