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Sep 28

Veterinarians are money grubbing pigs that Suck!

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Veterinarians can Go to Hell!  Please don’t misunderstand me, there are exceptions to every rule and I have known a few vets that cared about animals and were decent human beings.  (Just like there are a few Cops that aren’t control freaks, some Teachers that don’t like to boss around children, and a couple of people who work in Mental Health that aren’t more fucked up than their patients).

But as a General rule, Veterinarians are in it for the money and don’t give a Damn about you, your pets or morality.

Take this week’s incident where an owner brings a cat in for a flea bath and the vet euthanizes the cat “by accident” because an assistant mixed up the papers.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/cat-vet-flea-bath-euthanized-17300823

Yeah the owner was an idiot for not reading the papers before signing them.  But frankly, a lot of people don’t read the Crap they have to sign to get anything done these days.  And in fact it is always discouraged by the people who want you to sign things quickly.  Did you read the latest Terms of Service on Facebook or the contract on the last rental car you had?

But what professional would kill someone’s healthy pet, in fact ANY pet, without first looking the owner in the eyes and saying, “are you sure this is what you want?”  How about, “would you like to be there?”  “What will you be doing with the body?”  “Do you have any questions?”  “What is your reason for wanting to put your healthy cat down?”  Apparently none of this mattered to Muhammad Malik when he killed Colleen Conlon’s cat earlier this week.

What else doesn’t matter to vets?  Charging 3 times the price for medications as they cost online.  Or prescribing unnecessary, painful, scary and expensive tests for pets when the diagnosis is obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of the result of the tests.

Everything is a business, I get that.  But there are some things like education, healthcare, the legal system and animal care that shouldn’t be 100% about maximizing profit at the expense of humanity.

When businesses are Bastards it tends to backfire too.  For heartworm medication I’m not going to spend $120 when I can go online and get the same medication for $50.  But you know what?  If my vet sold the medication for $75, I’d buy it from him.  It’d be more convenient for me, and if I didn’t think the vet was trying to Fuck me over as much as possible, I’d be happy to let them have some profit.  But instead of a $50 profit, he needs a $95 profit?  REALLY?  Did the Asshole say Vet-Blessings over the Shit to make it worth triple what he paid for it?  We’re not talking about a designer sweater or the latest sneakers, vets withhold vital medication so that they can shake down a desperate owner.

Once a year I bring my dog in for shots and some shit they squirt in his nose, and somehow they manage to charge at least $250 for about 4 minutes of work and $15 worth of vaccinations.  There are people who don’t bring their pets for yearly shots because they can’t afford them, while meanwhile the vets are purchasing summer homes and boats.

Lord help you if your pet does develop some serious illness or just a few things that come with age.  You can almost see the vets drool with anticipation as they calculate the money they can gouge out of the endless tests, procedures and visits that they tell you “are best for your pet.”

It’s Fucking Shameful.

21 comments

  1. John S.

    DAMN RIGHT! I whole-heartedly agree with you 100% here.

    1. readthisshit

      Thanks John! Sounds like you got gouged recently too!

  2. readthisshit

    I just ran across this. Check out the comments, they’re a lot more truthful than the article, and the responses by veterinarians are very telling!

    http://www.askavetquestion.com/why-are-vets-so-expensive.php

  3. Julie C.

    Sing it sister! I’ve been preaching this gospel for 14 years, ever since Texas QUACK Edward J. Nichols of Crestway Animal Clinic hideously mistreated and neglected my beautiful Siamese Suki for months on end (while lying to me the whole time) until she collapsed, at which time he put her in a box and gassed her and performed unauthorized and dangerous anesthesia and surgery, then pumped her full of dexamethasone and left her dying in a cage for hours without ONCE picking up the phone to call me. Never got permission, never even TALKED to me prior to the procedures. I got her to a hospital but too late; four other vets tried to save her but she died a week later – the damage this asshat did to her was too much for her poor old body to bear (she was almost 20, and he did dangerous DENTAL SURGERY on her while she was in “multiple organ shutdown” – fancy doctor talk for DYING). Not one of her four fatal diagnoses was anywhere on her chart or in the records. I reported his sorry ass to the Texas vet board, but he was “exonerated” by one board vet who deliberately ignored all of the evidence, said Suki was an “old cat,” and turned this quack loose on the streets of San Antonio to do whatever he wants to anybody’s pet. Then – are you ready for this? – this scumbag vet turns around and SUES ME for libel for my website, tries to get a permanent injunction to legally silence me, and it took almost three years of fighting him and his CrazyBitch lawyer to retain my First Amendment rights. We had THREE expert vets expose Nichols for the quack that he is, including a testifying expert from TX A&M who found nine violations of the standard of care committed by Nichols on one day alone, and this guy is out there calling ME crazy? Guess the expert vet is crazy too. I tell Suki’s Story EVERYWHERE and also put up a blog, Suki’s Safe Haven, to help people with information on how to save yourself and your pet from the worst of the worst of these “doctors.” Read Suki’s Story for all the gory details and the timeline of what Crestway Animal Clinic did to Suki and then to me, and read about Edward J. Nichols ridiculous SLAPP suit against me at Suki’s Safe Haven. p.s. In 14 years not ONE VET has been able to medically explain what this gold-plated asshole did to my cat (yeah, he’s a filthy rich bully, big surprise).

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for bringing this topic up.

  4. Serena

    Although I agree that the poor cat being euthanized accidentally is HORRIBLE, I must point out some things in your posting that are incorrect. As someone who has worked in veterinary hospitals and has extensive knowledge in the animal care field, I must tell you that some things in your article come from somewhere VERY misinformed.

    FACT: A variety of veterinary pharmaceuticals are in fact, sold online. They range from heartworm medication, to other common treatments that are for animal use.
    FACT: I attended a continuing education course recently that spoke of the expanding “online market” of the veterinary field. Although I can’t speak for the US, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (canada) had their own “online bank” of veterinary drugs/food for owners to buy medications from. In fact— you can find many of the medications you use online THROUGH YOUR “MONEY HUNGRY” VETERINARIAN–as many of them are happy to provide you with an online database THEY USE to buy products for your pets.

    Now here is where I have a problem with your article………. MANY websites (third-party) will sell veterinary drugs for animal use to treat a variety of medical problems……..And guess who can start these websites? Anyone.

    At this same continuing education course, I also learned of the scientific studies they did on these medications (one of them heartworm)– and how GROSSLY below standards they were…some of the medications being so falsified that they didn’t even have the same ingredients. Think: Ebay–selling watered down perfumes to consumers at a “discounted” rate. If this is the type of quality care you want to give your animals—by all means, don’t even bother buying it. The truth is, we would never buy our products from a third party website if we were treating our own medical ailments–and veterinarians feel that way about your pets too…they buy their products from REPUTABLE websites, and though the cost is high, you get the best care possible for your pet.

    In addition, I thought you would enjoy seeing the average salary for veterinarians here in Canada (And before you say nothing I say applies to the US market, I know for a fact that it’s very similar since I know a couple of American Vets :D )
    - Veterinarians starting salary is around $50 000…and most vets CAP at 65..70 if they are lucky. That’s right. You could be seeing a veterinarian who makes the SAME amount of money as a manager of a retail clothing store.
    - Veterinary technicians…or “nurses”…..the ones who spend 15 hours a day busting their ass to take care of your pets…make a WHOPPING 11-16 dollars PER HOUR…… The same salary as someone who bags your items at walmart.

    The unbelievable overhead to run a vet practice is something you may not know about…..We spend hours on evenings, weekends, and holidays trying to save your pets… IF you can’t afford them, give them to someone who can.

    1. joanne

      That’s funny, I had one animal hospital quote me a price for exam and treatment of my poor cat, then when I got there they wouldn’t treat her because I didn’t have another 50 dollars to treat her until my payday(next day). She died in my arms that night. Then they had the absolute NERVE to send me a condolence card?

      I was already giving them 240.00? they couldn’t see how ill she was….don’t give me any of your “you just don’t understand” bullshit! NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!! There is something wrong with the animal medical field when it becomes cheaper to have your pet euthanized, than it is to move across state lines and need a health certificate. Now I can either kill my remaining beloved pet, or I can be jobless???? SCREW YOU

  5. Dave

    Yes, veterinarians can burn in hell.

  6. chuck

    Do not bullshit people. The information is easy to access.

    look at http://www.aavmc.org/Funding-Education/Veterinarian-Incomes.aspx

    Generalist and Specialist Professional Income Percentiles, 2009 75% of DVM make $60,000 to $200,000

    Vets make tons of money off emotionally distressed people. They know you are hurting and your judgement is impaired. If there is something seriously wrong with your old dog expect the vet to offer

    “In house” comprehensive blood test for about $200
    “In house” Electrolyte analysis about $30
    “In house” Urinalysis about $60
    “In house” Xrays about $200

    Now that you have a considerable investment in test Now they will tell you exactly whats wrong?

    Wrong those test need more test ! Ultra sounds & biopsis an surgery to find out if its just a lump or cancer. Maybe just infection!

    These things maybe leave you thinking 500 dollars plus a vet visit fee. Most people will put their old dogs down now that they know its cancer.

    I think it is ethically backwards to to run 500 dollars worth of test on a animal that is at its life expectancy. Even worst the vet will take you for a ride knowing your dog will die. Go along with the vest and the 30 dollars to euthanize will turn in thousands of dollars to euthanize your pet over a much longer time. Weeks months maybe a few years. No guarantees and definitely no talk about what it will cost long term.

    Don’t believe me try an act your vet what some thing like a hernia or a cancerous lump will cost long term to treat. You will get smoke a mirrors.
    Lets say its an infection 4 months at 150 dollars for 2 weeks of antibiotics
    $1200.00 don’t forget the 500
    Congratulations you now own a $1700.00 dog.

    You can get legit antibiotics from reliable companies online for 1/2 to 1/3 what a vet charges for them. Google it .

    Heart guard anyone? Do you live in Texas or Florida ? NO? then you don’t need it. The vet will tell you you do! Buy it for an amazing mark up from your vet.
    So you live in Texas or Florida? Ivermectin can be bought with out a prescription for agriculture use
    You can buy on amazon right now ivermectin sheep drench Over 2000 doses for a large dog for $30 dollars.

    If other people who sold there services acted this way they would never stay in business imagine your mechanic told you he needed to take the engine apart to check your oil?

  7. Andy

    Congratulations chuck, you just killed a shitpile of border collies. MDR wtf?

  8. Laura

    You’re right on the money ! (pun intended) I groom dogs at an animal hospital and I hate working around those arrogant, unfeeling swine!

  9. Jil

    Haha so. People getting annoyed at vets doing diagnostics? Let’s see:
    Your dog is limping and you do the right thing and bring it in to be checked out. Now, the vet can determine where the issue is, but doesn’t have magical x-ray beam fingers to tell you exactly what the damage is – bone or muscle or tendon – if that will require surgery or just rest and medication.

    Scenario 1.
    The vet suggests x-rays to find out what is wrong. You spend $300 on sedation of the dog, the stay in hospital, the assistance of a nurse, and then interpreting the x-rays. The vet determines there’s no major fracture and sends the dog home on anti-inflammatory for $60. Money grabbing vets right, forcing you to do a needless sedation and x-ray only to find nothing was wrong and could have just prescribed you meds in the first place?

    Scenario 2.
    The vet suggests we try anti-inflammatories, as this is most likely the treatment they would prescribe if the x-rays were fine. The consult and drugs cost about $100. The dog gets better for a week then relapses when it comes off. Maybe it needs more time? You spend another $50 on drugs. Hmm it happens again. Okay time for a revisit ($40) and that $300 x-ray. Whoops it’s broken. Whoops it needs a $500+ surgery. Whoops you spent all this extra money and time. The vet’s fault right? They drew it out when they didn’t even do a simple x-ray to find out what was actually wrong. Money grabbing vets I tell you!

    Can’t win can they.
    I suppose you think they should charge nothing? Do you know what an x-ray machine costs? Na they can just buy it out of their own pocket and forget about paying for the lights to run in the building. Nah we won’t pay the employees, everyone wants to work for free, dealing with sick animals that won’t always cooperate and angry clients that don’t think your knowledge and skills are worth anything. Rent? Water? Electricity? ….Yeah that clinic wouldn’t last very long.

    Now replace x-ray with ANY DIAGNOSTIC TEST.
    A vet would be called NEGLIGENT if they did not offer full tests to find out what was wrong. And you know what? There’s no magical test that goes BING and tells you “Yes this dog has intestinal lymphosarcoma” or “yes this cat has cholangiohepatitis” Sometimes it DOES take a couple of tests and no there is NO guarantee that any test is going to give you a magical answer. Why do people have this expectation that it’s somehow different to human medicine? Medicine is not black and white, it is not “if it is less than X it is 100% sure to be this disease therefore when you get this medication you will fix it 100%” you don’t always get a simple answer by looking at it, or even looking at a number from a test. It’s a million overlapping shades of grey. What you pay for is the vet’s ability to see into these overwhelming greys and come up with a most likely picture. Sometimes that navigation is constantly shifting and moving and blurring because we’re dealing with living creatures not simple numbers or robots obeying a strict programming, and diseases that may progress or change.

    You have vet checks to prevent diseases. If your vet doesn’t offer you a $300 scale and polish of the animal’s teeth now, two years later you’re spending $800 on major extractions and you ask them WHY didn’t you tell me about this two years ago when it was simple and my animal didn’t have to suffer as much! Money grabbing vets!

    As for the cost of drugs online versus on a shelf.
    When you go to the vet, the extra you pay is to get the drug immediately. It’s right there. Super maximum express shipping paid for. The vet BUYS it from the supplier at a certain date and it has a certain shelf life. Now it sits on the shelf, ready for you to obtain straight away. Now, if no one buys that drug, what does the vet do with it? They can’t return it to the supplier. Bin it goes. (My clinic sends it to charity, but that’s not the point). $50 down the drain. Now repeat this on 100+ medications sitting on the shelf. So they charge more than an online company to compensate for that wastage. They also can’t buy in bulk to get things super cheap for the same reason (overhead costs of keeping stuff on the shelf that doesn’t get sold). How do we prevent that problem? Do what the online people do? “Oh your dog needs this life saving insulin? Here’s a script to get it online for cheaper, it will take five days to arrive but your dog may die by then.” Yeah you’d get called negligent and ejected from the industry. Of course there’s no guarantee that that insulin was stored properly, has come from a real source, has been transported properly… or is even real! But I suppose you don’t care about paying for reassurance and immediate treatment you just want the cheapest deal because your animals aren’t worth it. Right? Of course not. Just as ridiculous as your accusation about all vets being heartless, people who go in it because they care about animals and are forced to feel guilty every day of their lives because they want to help the animals but they can’t pay everyone’s bills for them out of their own pocket, they would lose their job or the practice would go out of business and the no one would have anyone there to treat their sick or suffering pets.

  10. Susan

    While I can understand a pet owner’s frustrations with the high cost of vet care, accusing veterinarians of greed and price gouging is as incorrect as it is ignorant. Saying that “as a general rule, Veterinarians are in it for the money and don’t give a Damn about you, your pets or morality” is down right insulting.

    I am a veterinary student, and I worked in veterinary hospitals for years before attending vet school. I know the ins and outs of the financial costs associated with running a vet hospital, and can tell you that at the end of the day, your average general practitioner veterinarian gets to take home very little money. Not one of my colleagues has ever thought that they will actually get rich off a veterinarian’s salary. At my school, the average student debt upon graduating is $200,000 with compounding interest. It will take me 20 years to pay off my loans. The initial principle plus interest will amount to over $700,000. I will have to pay $700,000 in student debt over my lifetime. About $1500 (or more) MINIMUM will come out of my paycheck every single month. By no means will I be destitute, but I sure as hell won’t ever own a vacation home or boat, nor did ANY of the vets I have ever worked with (about 20).

    I’ll also address the cost of medications. In addition to working at veterinary hospitals and being in vet school, I used to be responsible for ordering hospital medications and selling them to clients, so I know the profit margin of these drugs (and honey, it’s not much). Yes, vets absolutely do charge 2x – 3x the online price of medication. There are a number of reasons for this, but greed is not one of them. First, big online suppliers buy in bulk – they are able to fill warehouses full of products. Thus, their profit margin PER UNIT can be smaller, but they will have a much larger NET PROFIT given the number of units they sell. It’s the same thing at grocery stores: a bottle of ketchup may be $1 more at your local mom and pop corner store than it is at Walmart. Another reason for the price differential is that the online pharmacies have a much bigger customer base – they sell all over the country and even internationally. Your local veterinarian can only supply to a small portion of whatever town/city/municipality in which they are located. Furthermore, local vets can only stock a limited number of products on their shelves, and have to factor the cost of having those products shipped to them into the retail value of the drug. Think about it this way: the cost of a drug is $10/bottle. If your local veterinarian buys 5 bottles, that’s $50. They also had to pay $10 in shipping, bringing the total to $60, or $12/bottle. If they sell the meds for $24/bottle (a standard retail markup is 2x the purchase price, and that’s true for almost any retail business), the vet hospital will make a $60 net profit. The big-name online pharmacies order in bulk, so they often get bulk purchase prices (much like shopping at Costco). So instead of buying 5 bottles for $10, they can buy 500 bottles at $7/bottle for a total of $3500. If they sell those bottles at $12/bottle (half of your local vet), they will still make a profit of $2,500. Thus, those companies that buy and sell in bulk can make a lot more money just because of the number of customers they sell to. So no, it’s not the “asshole vets” saying “vet-blessings” over the drugs, as you so condescendingly implied. It’s just simple market economics. If you really want it for cheaper, ask for a written prescription and you can get your drugs online or at your local pharmacy.

    Something else you may not understand is how expensive it is to run a veterinary hospital. You have support staff to pay, rent, electricity (which is HUGE at a hospital), machine rentals/purchase and maintenance costs, medication, and medical supplies. I’ll give you one example: A vet I worked at a single doctor practice spent over $5,000 a month getting lab samples tested. So the next time you want to complain about a $100 blood test, just think about what percentage of that is actually a profit (less than 50%).

    The next time you want to attack a profession and call the majority of its practitioners greedy, you might want to do your homework first and research how small businesses actually operate.

    1. readthisshit

      This is a lot of Bullshit, Susan.

      But rather than waste my time on all of your ramblings, I’ll focus on your Costco claim, because it’s so easy to verify. Google “Costco markup” and you’ll find the maximum that they markup prices is 15%, and most of their items are 8%-10% markup. Not 200%.

      Are you a liar, can’t do research or are you just terrible at math?

      1. Susan

        Oh my. It seems you really can’t read. I NEVER said or implied that Costco marks up their products by 200%. What I said, verbatim, was, “The big-name online pharmacies order in bulk, so they often get bulk purchase prices (much like shopping at Costco).” I’ll break it down for you since you can’t seem to comprehend the meaning of that sentence: Retailers and consumers that buy in bulk often get discounted prices. Let’s take granola bars as an example. I can buy 30 individually sold granola bars at the grocery store for $1 a piece. I can get a Costco sized box of 30 for around $15. When you buy in bulk, you often get discounts. I was using Costco as an analogy to online pharmacies. Get it now? Or do I need to explain it in more simple terms?

        If you would rather obtain a prescription elsewhere, it is your right to do so. You can ask for a written prescription and take it took your local human pharmacy (if they carry those products), or send the prescription to an online pharmacies. Yes, there are drawbacks to each (Online pharmacies have been reported to have sold counterfeit drugs or drugs not stored properly, thus inactivating them. Human pharmacists sometimes substitute medications that cannot be substituted, or have incorrectly changed the dosing) – but it is your right to obtain your prescription elsewhere. Instead of being a miserable, ignorant bizznatch about it, I suggest you a) educate yourself, and b) obtain a written prescription and get it filled elsewhere!

        And for the record, I got a perfect score on the math portion of my GRE (the Graduate Record Examination – the test potential vet students have to take as part of being considered for admission to vet school).

        I suggest either taking a course in business, working at a vet hospital, or actually talking with someone who works at one BEFORE writing such ignorant (and untrue) things on the internet. Like I said, I have tons of real-life experience ordering prescriptions for hospitals and seeing the actual costs of running a veterinary clinic. I’m just trying to educate you, since you clearly don’t have a grasp on the facts.

        Like I said before, no one enters this profession to get rich. Google “average veterinary student debt” and you will get some staggering numbers. Since I didn’t receive any help from my parents, I’ll owe about $230,000 upon graduating (with ridiculously high interest rates). I think I’ll be paying about $18,000 a year for 20 years to pay back my loans. So that comes out of my salary. Like I said, none of the 20 vets I worked for owned summer homes or boats. Most drove cars that were about 10 years old.

        Veterinary students have the grades, test scores, and intelligence to be human doctors. Instead, we choose to be paid 1/3 of the amount because we LOVE ANIMALS. If we were in it for greed as you have suggested, we would have all gone to med school instead.

        Sigh…

  11. Julie

    OMG I KNEW IT… I KNEW IT… Vets are greedy bastards.All they care about is money.
    They know what stops the fleas and damn straight they gouge like crazy even to put down pet that is dying or is dying of old age.
    We the pet owners are punished and condemned for being bad pet owners.
    We have been financially abused and burdened by our greedy vets.
    They control the products on the shelves and destroy anything that helps kill the fleas.
    The ingredients constantly change and the vets know they won’t get their money if a product truly works miracles to stopping the fleas.

  12. Althea Perkins

    I agree with you 100%! I have been to hundreds of vet clinics and I only recommend ONE of them! I have been going to this one vet clinic for over 25 years & they are the best! All of the others I’ve been to are heartless money mongers! My dog needs surgery and I will be driving over 700 miles to go to my vet. Last year he did surgery on my dog and my cat for $450.00 total. The vets here want MORE than $1500.00 to do one small surgery! Amputation of a toe to get rid of a mast cell tumor. Absolutely shameful!!! I told the shameful vet of the surgeries and what my vet charged and they said well of course a small town vet will be cheaper! Why?! Logic tells me the big town vets get more business & therefore should be cheaper. My vet has all of the latest and greatest technology & schooling, has less business & still charges a fraction of the cost.

  13. Althea Perkins

    I agree with you 100%! I have been to hundreds of vet clinics and I only recommend ONE of them! I have been going to this one vet clinic for over 25 years & they are the best! All of the others I’ve been to are heartless money mongers! My dog needs surgery and I will be driving over 700 miles to go to my vet. Last year he did surgery on my dog and my cat for $450.00 total. The vets here want MORE than $1500.00 to do one small surgery! Amputation of a toe to get rid of a mast cell tumor. Absolutely shameful!!! I told the shameful vet of the surgeries and what ‘my’ vet charged and they said well of course a small town vet will be cheaper! Why?! Logic tells me the big town vets get more business & therefore should be cheaper. My vet has all of the latest and greatest technology & schooling, has less business & still charges a fraction of the cost.

  14. Randy

    This crap never ends. My poor wife was treated all day in the hospital with an emergency. With my insurance it cost $358.00 including cost of meds.

    In the last two days the vet has bled $568.00 out of my poor wife for her beloved dog that stopped eating. Two treatments of famotidine at $40.00 each. (What we know as Pepcid-ad. OTC for humans, 1 month supply $12.00. Now they want $600.00 for an ultrasound. Meanwhile when I ask why the blood test results are the same as two years ago…”Oh that was a different problem”.

    We pay nearly $500 a year for Banfields medical insurance on top, which covers visits. But since they are hooking him up to an IV we have to pay $108 for a hospital stay. LOL.

    Racket is not the even the best description.

  15. Jay

    They act like they care about animals but it all comes down to money. They tack on a lot of unnecessary garbage that inflates the bill. They have their receptionists guilt you into having tests done that are unneeded. Most tests come back as inconclusive.
    My vet is wanting to charge me over twice as much for the same procedure that was performed 8 years ago. They claim prices have went up on everything. I say b.s. My wage hasn’t doubled. Plenty of things have came down in price from 8 years ago. 99% of em are nothing but crooks.
    I do not go unless its absolutely necessary. You can learn a lot by searching online.

  16. Michael

    Is there a regulatory board or process for reporting these vets? They are like drug dealers that live well on the misery of others. I am positive that there are those with compassion for animals over profit, I just can’t find one. -Em

  17. Sasha

    I would have to agree. Vets generally are money hungry swine.

    Lets start with salary
    While it may be true the average Vet salary is $200,000/year, do you want to cry about that? That’s more than four times what the average person makes and that doesn’t include the increase the extra money Vets make by recommending unnecessary procedures and price gouging on prescriptions, food and supplies. And yes, Vets absolutely recommend a series of expensive unnecessary procedures, sometimes to “diagnose” an illness when the treatment would be the same regardless of the condition. This happen to a friend of mine. And Vets wonder why they are distrusted so much.

    Student loans?
    Cry me a river already. We all have student loan debt and make 1/4 of what you make before your bonuses. It’s not our job to pay off your student loan debt through price gouging.

    Cost of the Practice?
    Again it’s not my responsibly pay off your million dollar MRI machine by paying for expensive unnecessary procedures. If you couldn’t afford one, it would have been a better idea to work with the other local vets in the area to purchase one together; splitting the cost and in turn lower the cost of the practice. Most Vet visits don’t require an expensive MRI and there’s no need for every vet in a four block radius to have one. Have one for the area and use it as a out patience procedure.

    Vet do Care?
    Yeah they care, about money, not the animals. Evidence is in the following:
    -The Vet board lobbied against non-profit vets, attempting to prohibit them from treating pets at a discount rates, stating it “threaten the business.” Thankfully this measure failed and was seen for the heartless and greedy measure that it was.
    -The Vet Board lobby against allowing pet medicine to be sold online without a prescription. This restriction is so over reaching that at least in Ohio, I can’t even purchase Revolution online without a Rx from a Vet. Revolution!! This is nothing more than a monthly flea medication. I can walk into ANY Vet office right now and purchase this without them so much as asking me if I have cat, but it will be 3 times as expensive.
    - The Vet board lobby against (successfully I believe) requiring vets to provide prescriptions to customers, although most will if ask for fear of backlash. Although you will have to INSIST on it as they will not offer and will try to sell you the medicine right then and they at 3 to 4 times the costs because that is their bread and butter.

    If Vets really cared about animals, the board would not have taken these actions and many like it to suppress affordable access to pet care. If you’re a vet and you’re angry about this post you are either a newbie who drank the koolaid and attended whatever brain washing session they send you to, or you’re a bitter vet who is mad that people are now revealing your scam and are angry at online pharmacies for revealing the true cost of medicines and bringing your gravy train to a halt. The only Vets not offended by thy post, are likely decent people who work for non-profit Vet offices. Do yourself a favor and find yourself your local non profit Vet.

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