*So, if you think I’m going to let you access my personal Facebook page, or give you any personal contact info: you’re nuts. Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh, I’m sorry. However, please, please, I invite you to visit my amazing, fantastic, super wonderful work pages (ESPECIALLY if you want to donate, foster or volunteer!) Mazie’s Mission Rescue Hospital is such a great place:
This is our Facebook Page.
This is our regular Website.
Puh-leeeeeeeze don’t contact me for case advice for your own pets. I love each and every one of you, but it’s illegal for me to give veterinary advice for pets I’ve never examined. I’m so sorry if you’re struggling to find answers for your sweet pets. Keep trying to find a vet in your area who will listen, but also know that the vast majority of veterinarians, particularly members of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1998, are brilliant, witty, and dedicated clinicians, who have your pet’s best interests at heart. If you visit multiple veterinarians, but aren’t getting the advice you are looking for, particularly if you have spent a significant amount of time Googling your pet’s symptoms: the problem might not be your vet, it might be you. Just sayin’. Vets as a whole are pretty smart. Generally speaking: infinitely smarter than Dr. Google.
Random Rant: I think the majority of client frustration stems from the cost of veterinary care. My advice to you: If you want to provide top level veterinary care to your pets, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER: Give pet insurance a good, long consideration. Veterinarians are not out to get rich off of your pet. Unfortunately, the cost of running a business and providing the level of care that veterinary medicine has evolved to, is expensive. At this point in time, if you want to do more than just vaccinate your pets, provide minimal care when they are sick, and euthanize them when they are really sick, then you need insurance to help defray the costs. There is a great website that will help you figure out the differences between the companies and benefits. Furthermore, a lot of workplaces are now offering pet insurance as a benefit. Don’t get mad at your vet, and write them a bad Yelp review because you feel guilty that you can’t afford to provide care for your pet. Either accept that there are different levels of care (and there are no wrong answers: one man’s chemotherapy, brain surgery, and radiation treatments (around $10,000) is another man’s euthanasia ($50+)). Neither of these options are wrong.
Insurance helps give you some cushion when faced with these decisions.