When you realize that you have to take your pooch to the vet, it’s not only the pooch that wants to hide under chairs, very often the master wants to do exactly the same thing.
First of all you don’t want your friend to suffer and if only for a rabies shot, it’s not a picnic for him, but also because you know it’s going to cost some money, if not a lot of $$$$.
Technology is a wonderful thing in every day life and at the vet as well but technology, while it can find hidden problems, analyze this and that, is usually expensive. Simple blood test can easily add hundreds to the bill and we’re not talking scans and Xrays and more.
In fact, when I go to the vet I don’t really hear him, or her in my case, talking, what I’m hearing is KACHING! KACHING! KACHING!
And I understand, it’s the vet’s responsibility to inform you of all possible causes and ways to find out what the problem could be as well as all treatment options.
BUT, as I mentioned in an earlier post, commons sense has to come to your rescue otherwise you’re going to get out of there and go directly to file for bankruptcy.
To give you a simple example, a while ago we got a lab pup at the age of 8 months. After a day at her new home she started having diarrhea and vomiting. This lasted 2 0r 3 days during which we first fed her rice only in the hope of stopping the diarrhea but even that she couldn’t keep down. So we took her to the vet, a new one since we were recently back to Canada and didn’t know any vet.
He performed a number of blood test, injected her with fluid (diarrhea causes dehydration), the bill ran up to $600 and a day later she was no better off.
We took her to another vet, he looked at her, gave her same Gravol told us to not feed her and come and see him the next day. So we did, he looked at her again, gave her some chicken which she gulped down and we kept her on Gravol for a couple of days and she was fine. The bill? $60.
So now I’m more cautious when the vet suggests this and that test. Unless the problem is very urgent I first ask if there is any medication we can try, what are the possible side effects and consequences. Usually there is medication so I give that a try and wait a few days. Maybe I’ve been lucky but 95% of the time that either solved the problem or gave us some indication as to what to look after.
Remember it’s not only the vet’s responsibility to suggest all kinds of tests and treatments but it’s also to his benefit. He’s there to cure your pooch but also to make money. The more tests, the more money for him.