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Posted By: Patti on 2006-02-07
In Reply to: OT: Changing face of veterinary medicine (sm) - catlover

You know vets go to school as long and hard as doctors and it is harder to make a diagnosis in a patient that can't talk or tell you what is wrong.  That is why they have baseline blood work.  I would not do the chemotherapy and some of the treatments that people do for their animals and I love mine -- 15 year old dog and 11 year old cat and 5 year old cat.   And they are very healthy.   Used to work for a vet.  The only reason we think nothing of our docs doing blood work on use every month as we get older or on medication is because insurance picks it up -- if we had to pay we would gripe about that too.   But give the vets a break, they don't do it for the money they do it to help keep your animals healthy.  Like I said, I draw the line on the chemo, transplants, hip/knee replacements etc. but basic yearly check up and blood I have done until lately with my older dog.  With what she has brought me it has been worth the $1500 to $2000 that I have spent on her in her 15 years.   Just me. 

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