Just wondering, what pets do you have that you would never even consider taking to the vet? For me it’s my fish, even if I found a vet who would see them the stress and such would not be worth it IMO
I'd never take my fish to a vet.Just wondering, what pets do you have that you would never even consider taking to the vet? For me it’s my fish, even if I found a vet who would see them the stress and such would not be worth it IMO
Wow, that definitely sounded like they were milking money off your parents.Nowadays I wouldn’t take any of my fish to the vet... but when I was a kid, my father was huge into aquariums, and the first time he brought me fishing he let me keep the first fish I ever caught (was just a sunny of some type). I named him “Cookie Monster” and absolutely loved him. Sadly, Cookie Monster ended up getting sick with something and my parents brought him to the vet since this otherwise would’ve been my first loss. The vet prescribed him shots, so for the rest of his life (or at least a good long while) they gave him shots... I think it was something like once a week too... I now think they were crazy for doing so, the shots must’ve been expensive and he was just a sunny, plus all the stress that put him through, but as a kid I appreciated it
Wow, that definitely sounded like they were milking money off your parents.
The only pets I wouldn’t take to the vet would be hermit crabs and fish, simply because there’s not much any vet can do for them that I can’t myself.
Everything else I own would definitely get a vet visit. And to the person who said they wouldn’t bring a water turtle to the vet because of it being “small” really needs to reconsider. I don’t want to bring anyone down, but all reptiles are capable of receiving vet treatment. We have dozens of baby crested geckos, they’re itty bitty, and I would still take them to the vet if there was anything wrong with them. They’re still able to receive antibiotics and what not. Just because an animal is “small” doesn’t mean you deny it treatment, ESPECIALLY if your reasoning is the expense/cost. Any responsible pet owner should have money set aside in case one of them needs emergency vet treatment.
Maybe I feel too passionately about this specific topic because my current job is breeding, selling, and looking after dozens and dozens of reptiles and other animals.
I’m the same, I have ruled out getting leopard geckos, rodents, turtles and a few other pets because right now I can’t add anything else that would possibly require a vet. I have a cat and dog who have needed a lot of medical care this year, I don’t want to be unable to offer that to another pet because I made a poor choice.
I do think I may second guess taking an amphibian unless the vet is REALLY familiar with amphibians but that’s just another reason not to get one IMO.
I did once have a 5 gram turtle with a really bad URI ( he came to me with it) after a phone consult with the vet they said we could try to treat him but given the size and how far along the URI was he didn’t have much hope baby animals especially turtles can be hard to treat, the shells make injections difficult ( though not impossible)