No matter which way you look at it, working in the veterinary field is not easy. For the most part, people never want to see you because more often than not it means that something is wrong with their animal. At the same time, it usually means you must be the bearer of some sort of bad news.
But what I have seen very often to me seems like poor animal ownership. So far this summer I have seen different cases that have astounded me. For instance, the other day we had a dog that was almost twice the weight it should be. She had folds of skin all over her body, and the reason she was brought in was because she was licking her vulva. Upon physical examination, we found maggots growing in her vulva and skin folds.
On another occasion, a dog had been pulled off its seizure medications because the owner’s girlfriend said that everything had improved and they were no longer needed. Now the dog needed treatments that would cost a lot more than if they had just given the seizure medications.
Unfortunately, situations like these present themselves all the time. Most people I have seen obviously get very upset when they see problems like this that are allowed to fester due to the actions of the owners. Situations where you know that the entire problem and thus the entire visit could have been avoided by doing things a little differently. While it is difficult to deal with these realities, an important part of the job is being able to understand that people are from different backgrounds and most don’t understand general medical principles like those that have dedicated themselves to the profession. Therefore, doing your best to educate people on how to do things differently in the future is important.