7 ways to annoy your veterinarian

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Veterinarians or animal doctors do encounter a range of clients and patients during their day-to-day practice. Most of the time the client-veterinarian relationship is quite mundane, but in some instances, they can be quite funny or may end up hitting on your vet’s nerve (which they usually don’t show).

This article will list a few of those instances that I personally have encountered in my career as a vet.

Disclaimer: None of the content in this article is meant to offend anyone, and is for information and entertainment purposes only!

01 — The ignorant client

“He just went off food since yesterday and he was fine before that”

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This is a classic thing every vet encounters. A client will bring his/her pet who’s nothing but skin and bones claiming that it has been off-food for a day or two, which is obviously a big NO!

For the vet to treat your pet, a proper and unaltered history is vital. Otherwise, it demands more effort to diagnose and treat the disease or might even reach a wrong diagnosis.

02 — The I-don’t-want-to-accept-my-negligence client

“He got wounded yesterday, we don’t know how”

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Presenting maggot-infested, superinfected wounds in an almost septic animal is a classic scenario of not wanting to acknowledge the ignorance of the client or just to tell the vet that they didn’t see the wound.

It’s quite acceptable for the pet owner not to see the wound as the pets have a thick coat of fur, and unless examined closely, the wounds are not visible at a distance in most cases.

Therefore, I guess if you didn’t see the wound better to tell the vet so, rather than lying.

03 The wanna-be-good-but-bad client

“This is not my dog, just saw him near our place and we brought him”

Sometimes people tend to bring their own dog once they cannot keep the animal at home. Again this is a common lie with massive maggot-infested wounds. These clients know that it’s their mistake that the dog was ignored, but they do not want the vet to think bad about them.

04 — Pet mum/dad to the core

“My pet is not eating”

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This is a classic scenario with most hyper-pet lovers. They bring up their bubbled-up pet with cute bowties and sparkling collars and claim their pet to have a reduced appetite. Then the vet will definitely be concerned and start his examination and obtain the history of the patient. When the vet questions about the pet’s appetite they claim that the dog has been like this for a long time. Then to dig deep the vet might go on asking the feeding regime, and that’ll be the turning point…

The client will go on telling a massive list of things that she gives her pet and then claims that the pet has not eaten a one type of biscuit or a treat after feeding with a massive pile of food, making the pet to be stuffed up rather than sick!

05— Only-if-I-had-the-license client

“Doctor, he’s having tick fever”

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The client comes with a sick dog along with his personal diagnosis and challenges the veterinarian for coming up with a diagnosis that is different from his. For example, a person might say that his pet is having tick fever while pet is actually having parvoviral enteritis. When the doctor try to deliver the correct diagnosis he will try to twist the diagnosis towards his.

06 — Clients with “let-my-pet-take-his-meds”

“Doctor, I tried to give meds, but he is not taking it”

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These clients blame the pet for not having their meds, while they don’t even attempt to give the meds in a palatable or in a proper way to the pet. Obviously, your pet will not take-in the meds voluntarily!

07 —Liar

“I gave the meds, but seems like they are not working doc”

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These clients somehow do not give the meds prescribed by the vet and claim that the vet’s treatment is ineffective.

Take home message:

Be a responsible pet owner!



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Ushani Atapattu

Ushani Atapattu

A veterinarian, with a passion for everything in the tropics! From animals to humans.