If you've ever owned a puppy you will understand when I say they are a number of things. They bounce around like little springs, have sharp little teeth that hurt when they bite, and, of course, snugly little things that love attention. They also need to go to the Vet, usually several times, for shots. Two weeks ago I brought home an 11 week old Boxer pup, something my four year old Boxer is still getting used to having around. Of course I did the right thing and called up my Vet and made an appointment. With this puppy I'm not so naive as I was the first time around. Naive? Damn right. Four years ago, being new to puppy ownership, I said yes to my Vet's every suggestion. Not once did I suspect she might be taking advantage of me. As a result, my first time around with a puppy was very expensive, more so then it needed to be. Take Kennel Cough as an example, a nice name for Canine Bronchitis. Some kennels require it if you're planning on boarding your dog, but not all. This is because, should your dog get it, you'll find out that it is not the "serious" illness you might believe. Most dogs get over it in 5 - 10 days. My Vet wanted me to vaccinate my dog every year which is odd because there are so many things out there which can cause Kennel Cough, against most of which the vaccination is ineffective. After two years, and a little research, I realized she was just putting money in her pocket. You know what I mean, guilt you into paying for something you don't really need.
She also wanted me to buy Frontline Plus from her practice as well as have my dogs vaccinated against Lyme Disease. Read the Frontline box and you'll see it prevents the ticks which carry Lyme Disease. But the guilt thing, mostly because when we think of Lyme Disease we think of the devastating effects it has on humans. My Vet did not explain to me that while dogs only have 2 stages, humans have a third and debilitating stage. Nor did she say that 90% to 95% of infected dogs never show any symptoms. This means the vast majority of dogs which do become infected never develop symptoms which can be treated with antibiotics. Humans can't get it from dogs. If I hadn't done the research I'd have been paying for a Lyme disease test every year as well as the inoculation. You see we love our pets, our puppies and dogs and so do not want them to suffer. Unfortunately there are Vets out there who unscrupulously take advantage of that softest of emotions. It makes me wonder of the V in their caduceus might actually stand for vampire, except these don't suck your blood, they suck the money out of your wallet.