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Emotional blackmail leads to high vet suicide rate

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Australia's veterinarian shortage has been"particularly tough" in the past 12 months, according to an employment expert who blames stress, financial pressure and long hours, along with abuse and"emotional blackmail" from pet owners, for the problem.
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KarrieRodenburg
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It has become difficult to fill vet roles due to a number of conditions, including low starting salary and a five-year degree. Clients complain to vets about prices and use emotional blackmail.
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The suicide rate among vets is worryingly high. Let us help our vets.
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A friend left this industry at 21, after being threatened, abused and blackmailed by pet owners for years. She'll never forget at just 19 an angry man yelling and pointing at her, telling her children she was the lady that was going to kill his dog... because he couldn’t afford to pay the few hundred dollars needed to a simple but needed procedure. Another common one when told the consult fee at midnight was $120 was ‘just put it down, I’ll get a new one from the pound tomorrow’
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Many vets do over-servicing, and treat pets on a roller coaster manner without gaining consent, or using emotional manipulation to gain consent for unnecessary procedures. they call the drugs they give to pets unrecognizable names, and at times when I have asked what is this drug? They have been reluctant to tell me or have refused to tell me.... most vets I have dealt with won’t treat unless it’s paid for on the spot...
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If you can’t afford the ongoing costs of having a pet then you should really consider if you can afford one full stop.
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Add the mental strain to no time to eat, drink or go to the bathroom and a salary that is one of the worst across the board and it’s actually good to see that people are coming to their senses and leaving.
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I've always had pets in my life, and consider myself a passionate animal lover. I could never work in the veterinary industry because I wouldn't be emotionally strong enough to deal with it. I have the utmost respect for those who do it. I've been taking my pets to same vet practice for 20 years despite moving a 30 minute drive away, and only go to another vet if it's an out of hours emergency (and that's where things can get very expensive). Like any profession, I'm sure there are bad operators out there, but for god's sakes people, do not expect a service for free. These are highly trained, highly skilled people who are dealing with life and death every day. Yes it costs a lot of money sometimes, yes I understand it can be difficult if you've got limited income - but that's not the vets fault.
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They charge too much
They take advantage of animal lovers
They know we give everything to keep our pets healthy and alive and they use that to overcharge ... no simpathy at all
How many dogs they put down because people can’t afford to treat them ... how many pets die because it costs too much.
When my dog was in pain due to a broken tooth, I called so many vets to see which one charges less, some were 100 to 200 more than others, but what bothered me was that none I called worried about my dog being in pain. Not one said “bring your dog in and we fix a payment plan” at least to show they care about the dog more than money. Finally I found one vet who took my dog in within an hour and i paid only $350 ... most other greedy vets asked from $450 to $600 to take a tooth out.
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Want lower vet bills? Don't buy pedigree animals. And on the very rare occasion your mut/mongrel needs a vet, pay without complaint.
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Put money aside for your vet bills....$5 a week is better than nothing. Design yourself something every week eg take away coffee or cigarettes. Take out pet insurance. Or before you decide to care for a animal consider the on going costs. When all else fails just foster a dog or cat at least your helping an animal but the expensive stuff is taken care of.
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Vet bills ARE too high . As are dentists . And to say that “only those who can afford to have pets should get them” will result in a lot of animals being put down & only rich people will have pets . Is that really the society we want ?
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I think there are two contributing factors at play here; one: to get into Veterinary Science is ludicrously competitive (it’s harder than medicine). So you have quite brilliant people living on peanuts and baked beans. You study most of your youth away to only get a job where some non-skilled workers out earn you by quadruple. Secondly, people don’t understand that drugs are expensive. Human drugs are used on pets, but they are not covered by the PBS. You effectively pay retail for them and that’s where a large chunk of the cost lies. People assume you (the vet) are setting the prices. I’m sorry to hear my doctor brethren are struggle though. Vets are some of the most beautiful souls in existence. If you are struggling then please reach out.
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