Recently there has been an “Every Time” post going around social media to try and raise awareness of the risk of suicide in vets and how owners contribute. Tonight though I found a pet guardian that had written a response that I just had to share for every vet everywhere so please share and help make sure your vet gets to see this.
Rachel Allen wrote…
This makes me quite sad. I love my vet. Our family have been with him for over 20 years and he has saved many of our pets lives.
Here is my response for my vet, and to vets everywhere.
For every self-centred, ignorant and demanding client there are many more of us who;
See you handle our beloved pets with the same love, tenderness and respect that we show them.
We notice you are never quick to push us out the door and that you have time to listen to our, possibly often, trivial concerns.
We notice, and are thankful, for how you take the time to explain our pets situation in terms we are understand without frightening us to much.
We notice you don’t drive a Mercedes or Lamborghini. We know that practice expenses are high. We imagine liability insurance to be a depressing figure. We know that your university fees are extraordinary and that you are working to pay them back.
We value your time when we call to ask for some quick advice, we try to limit such intrusions so you’re not inconvenienced. We really appreciate every second of your time.
We know that the cost of our vet bills are high, we know the prescriptions are high but, we also know that’s not your fault. Some of us are literally handing over our pay checks to pay for our beloved pets needs but we do so because we love our pets. We harbour no ill feelings towards you as they are our pets and their expenses are our responsibility. It is not your responsibility to pay for them.
We never forget that you have saved our pets lives. Sometimes many times. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of what you go through to save our pets but we love you for the fact that they are able to live another day.
We know that when the time comes you will be there to make sure our beloved pet does not suffer any more pain, that you will help them over that rainbow bridge. We know you will do your best to console us when this happens and we will wonder how much of our pain you will share in that day. We will hope that you know that we are forever grateful.
For every client that brings you grief, please know there are far more of us whose lives you have changed for the better. Every time you fix our beloved pets, every day extra that we get to spend with our pets, because of you, are days that we treasure.
You allow us more joy than you may ever know. For that, for everything you do, we thank-you. ❤