In order to serve you better, veterinary hospitals will be soon offering drive-thru convenience!
Yeah, I'm kidding. (At least I hope so)
Seriously though, doesn't it often feel like you're in a drive-thru anyway? I understand that time is money, and that running a veterinary practice isn't cheap. But having to visit a vet repeatedly with the same issue just to be able to get a message across isn't exactly cheap either. And more importantly, your dog remains suffering through that time.
Don't get me wrong, I love veterinarians. But it seems that they often let the business aspect get the better of them. Maybe it is because most visits indeed are routine, and there is no point to spending unnecessary time with them. Maybe it is because they don't want to get too involved with their patients to emotionally protect themselves. Whatever the reason, it can do harm if your visit isn't all that routine and your case not all that simple.
I find that often small practices are more likely to find the time for you than larger hospitals. Taking the time to listen can be more crucial to a correct diagnosis than state-of-the-art equipment. One of the reasons we really appreciate the vet we see now is that he will take the time and he will put in the effort it takes. Do your dog a favor and find yourself one like that.
Let's show appreciation to all the vets who didn't forget to care. And to the rest of them – please try to remember why you got into this business in the first place.
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