Sophinator Posted November 25, 2008 Report Share Posted November 25, 2008 I'm just curious how much your approach to medical care for your dog mirrors your approach to medical care for yourself. For instance, some people would run to their doctor for a hangnail. Are these people more likely to run to the vet because Fido seems a little under the weather? Meanwhile, other people wouldn't go to the doctor unless their finger was falling off. Are these people more likely to hold off taking Fido to the vet? And how does your approach toward treatment for yourself mirror what you'd be willing to go through for your dog? The reason I ask is that I've noticed two trends in dog ownership (other than, of course, the people who just don't give a damn, the "it's just a dog" folks.) One group drags their hound to the vet for the least little ailment and thinks I'm an awful person because I don't pack Sophie up the minute she farts. The other group is more like me, taking a wait and see approach if the situation doesn't appear to be life threatening. And it does mirror my approach to my own health. If I fall and hurt my my wrist, I wait a couple of days to see if the pain and swelling go down. Usually does. On the other hand, if I fell and a broken bone were sticking out of my arm, I wouldn't wait to hit the emergency room. I'm also not a big fan of medication or (to me anyway) needless tests for myself. Immunization is different. Your dog have to have rabies shots by law. And it makes sense to me to protect a dog from parvo/distemper, etc. by routine shots. But I cope with my arthritis with over the counter meds. Or I just grin and bear it. And I would draw a line in the sand at certain cancer treatments--quality vs quantity of life. I'm more likely to try home treatment and home remedies for Sophie than haul out "the big guns." Other people would pull out all the stops for both themselves and their dogs. Of course, I think it does matter if you're a first time dog owner and you have no basis for comparison. Just like you tend to freak out more with your first child than with the fifth one. By Kid Five, you've pretty much "been there/done that" and it takes a pretty serious accident/illness before you start to panic. This is just an academic exercise, but it does have me wondering. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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