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The hardest part
The hardest part

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Have you ever been asked that question?  Most of us have.  As a practicing veterinarian, the answer has to be euthanasia, putting a pet "to sleep."  The heartbreak travels from the pet owner to the veterinarian, to the assistants, to the secretary.  It has to be one of the most difficult, saddest moments.

To quote an author from Parade Magazine, "We've come to embrace our animals as family members.  We are not meant to lose our children.  And yet we take pets on, knowing we'll have to lose them.  It's the package deal, to the very end."  I could not have said it better.

But what makes euthanasia even more heartbreaking is when I recommend a treatment or referral to a specialist, and the client cannot pursue my recommendation because of money.  We all understand it.  Everything costs, and nothing is free.  The euthanasia procedure done because of finances, lack of pet insurance, is the worst euthanasia.

We recommend VPI, Veterinary Pet Insurance.  You might ask, "So, what's in it for you, Dr. Bob?"  What's in it for me is that I don't have to euthanize a pet because of money.  I don't have to see my clients hurting because of inability to pay for their pet's treatment.

The freedom we see in our exam rooms, when a pet owner can let their veterinarian run tests, diagnose, and treat the disease correctly is uplifting.  Major medical pet insurance can cost $25-$45 per month depending on age and deductible amount.  The price of a supreme pizza for two.

Fact: accidents and illnesses will happen to your pet over his or her lifetime.  Question:  will you let costs compromise the quality of care that you and your veterinarian give to your pet?