About a month ago, my husband, Marc, felt a lump on Alex, the cat’s tail. We watched it for a week or so to see if anything changed. When it remained the same, we brought the cat to the vet to get it checked out. Since Alex is over sixteen years old, the vet wasn’t too concerned with the lump. He explained that he wouldn’t want to touch it, as it would cause more harm to Alex then if we simply left it alone.
The vet proceeded to give Alex a general checkup. Last summer, Alex was very sick. Marc and I never thought he was going to make it. The vet had some doubts as well. So, as the vet examined him, he was in awe of how great the cat looked and acted. He kept on saying that he has never seen this kitty look so good. I didn’t want to embarrass Alex, but I think the fact that he is in love with Gracie may have played a part!
When the exam was over, we started chatting with the vet. Between the amount of time we spent at his office last summer, and the fact that he knew Marc’s cousin, a vet that recently relocated out of the state, our veterinarian speaks very openly with us, and shares stories of other vets and patients.
“So, this woman brought her dog into see me a few weeks ago,” he told us, “and I gave her medicine for the dog. I explained that she really needed to have a certain test performed. She told me that she couldn’t afford the test, and she would just try the medicine first. A week or so later she calls me to tell me that she brought the dog to another vet for a second opinion. He also recommended that she perform the test on the dog, so, she did it. She told me that the test came back good.”
With a roll of his eyes and a shrug of his shoulders, he continued. “Then, she asked me if she should continue to give the dog the medicine. I said I have no way of knowing. I told her that she should call the doctor who read the test results and ask him, since he knows all the facts, and I don’t…”
Marc and I stood there with our mouths open, because neither one of us could imagine having the nerve to have had this conversation…. Nor could we understand what the lady was thinking.
What has made you go hmmm?
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