I did not realize that they lead the professions in suicide. That's terrible.
I have had some bad advice from vets over the years. Sometimes it is rather raw, if there is obvious negligence, at least initially. But generally, I take it that a vet's knowledge is over a broad spectrum of disease and injury of critters of many breeds and species. And how they diagnose, there are some that run a bunch of tests first, before any treatment, and others that give it their best educated and experienced guess and treat it as such, and if there is no improvement, then they go deeper into the testing etc. This way, will be easier on the pocketbook for the clients, and will be effective most of the time. It is a balance. And people have to accept that there are margins of error.
Normally, I stick up for vets. People complain about how they are all in it for the money. But your average vet has more education and more overhead and more stress than most engineers and make probably 1/2 to 2/3s what an engineer makes on average. So, bad choice if you are in for the dough.
Do I think that sometimes they push products and procedures because of money? Yes, sometimes. The vet techs and the various services must be paid, the mortgage, taxes, utilities, loans. Mostly though, I don't think that they are pushing things solely for the revenue, but because they think, overall it is a good idea, spay/neuter, flea preventives, vaccines, foods they might be selling -- yes, Science Diet and Iams are junk, but it is better than Ole Roy, and a lot of the dogs that veterinarians see are being fed Ole Roy, or Tractor Supply's big bag of Dog Food.
Cujo passed in the vet's office. He was passing as the vet came in, and she did not need to administer the juice. They have euthanized a couple of my dogs over the years. I am sure they witness a LOT of grief. They will not euth unless they feel it is the right thing to do. And that, perhaps is helpful. If you know that the critter is suffering, and you can end the pain. It has to be just as awful to put an old or weak critter through invasive procedures and surgeries and treatments trying to eek out so much more life in them.
It shouldn't all be black and dark though. They laugh and joke in there, they have good working relationships with each other, they see puppies and pets that are far from dying, and they sometimes bring much happiness to people by helping a critter through something bad.
I did not read about Dr. Yin because I had never heard of her, and the fact that she was dead was not something I was going to get into, having never heard of her. Finding out that she killed herself, that is awful, and now she matters to me, and her death matters to me. Why is that?
I do appreciate my vets. I do not always go with what they say, but probably 98%. Sometimes I think they are charging an awful lot. And sometimes I really am thankful that they have taught me to give injections, tube feed, have come in on Sunday because my bitch was hemorraging, gave me their cell number, and so forth.
I wanted to be a vet when I was growing up. Perhaps the way things worked out was for the best. When you add it all up, it's a pretty sucky job all in all, and then people diss you on top of it all.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.