As veterinarians, we are concerned with the increasing corporatism of our profession, accompanied by rising costs, inflexible standardized care and the documented fact that the cost of services are becoming less affordable for a growing percentage of our population.
We continually work to provide the highest level of care but we recognize the need for flexibility and realize that compassion must be extended, not only to our patients, but also to our clients. If the cost of an uncompromising "gold standard" of care results in the euthanasia or medical neglect of an otherwise treatable pet, what does that say about our profession?
We are not here to judge or lecture about the costs of responsible pet ownership. Your situation is what it is, and whether you are rich or poor, we are here to help.