Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's a toss-up.

I was talking to my cat's vet this morning as I paid her 74 bucks to look in his ears with an otoscope and then put 2 drops in each ear. I told her about what 'Cat said about Vets vs. ER Docs, and how sometimes I wished I dealt with animals instead of people.

Then the phone rang. I listened to her try to explain to the woman on the other end why her puppy's regular puppy shots won't cure the horrible case of mange that it has. I was laughing in my head as I pictured explaining to this same lady why the Wellbutrin and Lortab that she takes for her "fibromyalgia" won't take care of her hypertension and diabetes.

Then I listened to her explaining to someone why they had to use anesthesia, an IV and a pain shot when they spayed her dog. I imagined asking our next cholecystitis patient if they wanted to skip the anesthesia, IV and pain meds.

At the same time, the receptionist was talking to the bank about a patient's check that had bounced.

And I realized that vets really don't have it any better. Because every pet has an owner.

6 comments:

NJ EMS said...

Im so happy my cat has never had any problems.

Jeff B said...

Unless those pets happen to be strays that are picked up by the Humane Society. ;)

I've been contemplating a career change as well. Even blogged it.

all but 1 said...

Damn right!

kvegas911 said...

but the animals can't talk back....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for realizing this.... so few do....

A Vet in Illinois

harbor doc said...

Why I didn't go into peds. Love the creatures, but they come with talking, annoying owners.