Can't afford the vet, can't afford the pet.
When we in the veterinary industry defiantly cry “If you can’t afford the vet then you can’t afford the pet,” please try to understand what we’re talking about.
We’re not talking about people that have a pet for years, fall on hard times and can’t find the $3000 it needs for surgery or intensive care. Life happens. Goodness knows most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around either.
We’re talking about people who spend $1000’s on a new puppy… But can’t afford vaccines, desexing or heartworm preventative.
We’re talking about people who ‘rescue’ an animal but fail to provide it with basic care.
Or 'rescues’ that aren’t treating the issues of animals they acquire, especially if they delay treatment to beg for donations online.
And the people that haven’t wanted to spend money on preventative care for their senior pet for the last three years because “she’s old and will die soon.”
Or the ones that spend hundreds of dollars on doggy fashion accessories but accuse you of price gouging on antibiotics.
Who can’t borrow $50 from all the people they know, but want a payment plan from you. And a discount because they 'rescued’ it as a puppy.
For whom $20 of take home pain relief is 'just too much’.
Who keep acquiring more and more animals with problems that need extensive treatment that they can’t pay for.
Look, we don’t want to see anything suffer and will help out when we can, and try to tailor things to your budget…
But if you can’t afford BASIC veterinary care, then you cannot afford the pet. Don’t get it.