By Jana Rade
You find a small puddle under your kitchen sink and because you’re quite sure you didn’t spill anything you call a plumber.
The plumber comes and examines it carefully. “It seems to be a minor leak, might stop on it’s own, why don’t you keep an eye on it for couple weeks and see what happens,” he says.
You pay the plumber and watch it for couple of weeks, wiping up puddles.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
It does not stop, it seems to be getting worse. You call the plumber again.
Why would you let your vet get away with something you wouldn’t tolerate from your plumber? It’s your pet’s health that is in stake.
He takes a look at it and informs you that you indeed have a leaking pipe. “It’s an old building,” he says, “something like that is to be expected.”
Yes, you know that you’re living in an old building. But you don’t want to spend your days wiping up under your sink.
“Hm, why don’t you put a container underneath it, that should prevent damage from the leak. Call me in couple weeks if this doesn’t help.”
You keep emptying the container you put underneath it. At first every other day, then daily, then several times a day. You call the plumber again.
He evaluates the situation once again and suggests a larger container.
This time you protest that this is not a solution.
“Hm,” he scratches his chin, “ok, why don’t you try running less water, that should result in less leaking.”
You call the plumber once again. “This solution is not working,” you say, I can’t do what I need to do and I still have a leak!”
The plumber is now annoyed with your poor cooperation. “The only other thing you can do is shutting off the main. That will definitely stop the leak.”
At which point would you look for a different plumber? After the first visit? The second?
Why would you let your vet get away with something you wouldn’t tolerate from your plumber?
It’s your pet’s health that is at stake.
Jana, a graphic designer by profession, never aspired to learning about dog health issues until she met Jasmine. Unfortunately, she received a crash course in the subject due to Jasmine’s many problems and has since become an advocate for other pet owners and their four-legged friends. On her blog, Dawg Business, Jana shares her experiences and the lessons she has learned with others. She started the blog hoping to motivate owners to educate themselves. She shares this message with all dog owners: At the end, your dog’s health is up to you!