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post #1 of 27
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I have been working at a vets office as a vet assistant for about 3 years now, and some days I just cant help but think that people are idiots. Let me give you a few examples....

Last week a man brought in his cat for vaccines. The cat was about 6 years old and was SERIOUSLY obese. The cat weighed in at 23 pounds... (he should have weighed about 10 pounds less) Then the guys tells me that the cat has been drinking and urinating a lot. First thing that popped in my head was diabetes. So the vet went in and talked with the man about it. Turns out the man was diabetic so he was fairly well educated on the topic. We checked the cats glucose and he wasn't diabetic (yet). So I told the man he should put the cat on a diet in order to keep the cat from becoming diabetic. He gave me a half chuckle and said "yeah.... ok" in a sarcastic manner. What a moron....

Then we have people constantly coming in (mostly men) who refuse to neuter their animals because their logic is that they wouldn't want to be neutered. You can tell them all about the risk of cancer and other problems that arise from not getting them neutered until your blue in the face... They just wont listen. Morons....

Another woman brought her cat in who was in diabetic ketoacidosis. She refused to give the cat insulin. She thought her regular holistic vet could cure it with herbs... So when the herbs didn't work (what a surprise) she brings the cat in for us to put to sleep. Moron....

Another man wanted his cat put to sleep because he was moving. (what???? ) The cat was 14 but in good health. An employee even offered to give the cat a home so the man didn't have to put it down. He said he didn't want the cat to be with anyone else.... SERIOUS moron...

I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with people like this that make you think... "what on earth is wrong with you????"
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
I have been working at a vets office as a vet assistant for about 3 years now, and some days I just cant help but think that people are idiots. Let me give you a few examples....

Last week a man brought in his cat for vaccines. The cat was about 6 years old and was SERIOUSLY obese. The cat weighed in at 23 pounds... (he should have weighed about 10 pounds less) Then the guys tells me that the cat has been drinking and urinating a lot. First thing that popped in my head was diabetes. So the vet went in and talked with the man about it. Turns out the man was diabetic so he was fairly well educated on the topic. We checked the cats glucose and he wasn't diabetic (yet). So I told the man he should put the cat on a diet in order to keep the cat from becoming diabetic. He gave me a half chuckle and said "yeah.... ok" in a sarcastic manner. What a moron....

Then we have people constantly coming in (mostly men) who refuse to neuter their animals because their logic is that they wouldn't want to be neutered. You can tell them all about the risk of cancer and other problems that arise from not getting them neutered until your blue in the face... They just wont listen. Morons....

Another woman brought her cat in who was in diabetic ketoacidosis. She refused to give the cat insulin. She thought her regular holistic vet could cure it with herbs... So when the herbs didn't work (what a surprise) she brings the cat in for us to put to sleep. Moron....

Another man wanted his cat put to sleep because he was moving. (what???? ) The cat was 14 but in good health. An employee even offered to give the cat a home so the man didn't have to put it down. He said he didn't want the cat to be with anyone else.... SERIOUS moron...

I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with people like this that make you think... "what on earth is wrong with you????"

I would have told the guy "Ok, we'll put your 14yr old cat to sleep" and not allow him in the room and take the cat and adopt it out...... But I guess you can't do that huh?

People ARE morons!
post #3 of 27
Oh, the people who come to the humane society looking for cats & dogs to BREED.

Breeders applying to adopt suspected "purebred" dogs & cats.

The morons who will never learn on declawing, then dump the kitty back on us when it has "issues". Get mad then when we won't adopt to them again.

The people who get mad that there are no purebreds for adoption, or that we charge money to adopt when we should be grateful they're taking a "mongrel" from us.
post #4 of 27
Unfortunately when you start to specialize in something and know you're stuff really well, the easier it is to get frustrated over those that don't know or understand (or as I like to put it: wish to remain uneducated)

I dealt with it during my many years of IT support. The only advice I can offer is learn to laugh at it...but not in front of the paying customer wait until their car is out of the parking lot and then laugh. It'll keep you from going insane.
post #5 of 27
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Then we have people constantly coming in (mostly men) who refuse to neuter their animals because their logic is that they wouldn't want to be neutered. You can tell them all about the risk of cancer and other problems that arise from not getting them neutered until your blue in the face... They just wont listen. Morons....
This one drives me nuts. We are dealing with this on my doberman forum right now. It's just to idiotic to even take for real.

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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
Another man wanted his cat put to sleep because he was moving. (what???? ) The cat was 14 but in good health. An employee even offered to give the cat a home so the man didn't have to put it down. He said he didn't want the cat to be with anyone else.... SERIOUS moron...

I hate this... I just want to go at the guy with a euthanisia needle. What he just asked for is nothing short of murder. Yeah, dead is a lot better then going to a home. Idiot.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr... there are so many out there. I think more then a few people missed the common sense bus.
post #6 of 27
Yes, yes I do. More so when the person learns nothing from their pet's death and someone says that the owner's ignorance is ok ... Were a someone to admit to such poor treatment leading to the eventual death of a cat, everyone would be up in arms over it.

Before anyone claims that there's a difference - all of the examples in the first post could be dismissed as ignorance (and selfishness) too.
post #7 of 27
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An employee even offered to give the cat a home so the man didn't have to put it down. He said he didn't want the cat to be with anyone else.... SERIOUS moron..
As long as i live and breath there will be so many humans out there that i'll never be able to understand???
post #8 of 27
Dr. D Claw was adopted by me because of a living room remodel. He no longer matched the furniture, so he had to go.

When we adopted him he had a horrible case of fleas. Because I was SO worried about him, and trying to get him healthy I FORGOT to tell the previous owners about their impending flea problem. Well... I did tell them... a month later... after the new furniture was moved in. I was just to BUSY taking him to the vet.
post #9 of 27
My sister is a Vet Tech at NC State and she has a ton of stories. One woman (a breeder) came in with her show dog. The dog was in labor and the puppies were stuck. She refused to let them go in and get the puppies. Surprise surprise all but one of the puppies died. She complained that the surviving puppy was "ugly" but refused to let anyone one else take it.

This guy brought his wife's dog in with a gun shot to the face. The dog was not going to survive the injury and he refused to sign the papers to put the dog down until his wife (who was out of town) got there. Her plane did not arrive for 10 hours!! When they asked what happened, this man said he shot the dog because it was barking. What the heck is up with that!!
post #10 of 27
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Dr. D Claw was adopted by me because of a living room remodel. He no longer matched the furniture, so he had to go.

When we adopted him he had a horrible case of fleas. Because I was SO worried about him, and trying to get him healthy I FORGOT to tell the previous owners about their impending flea problem. Well... I did tell them... a month later... after the new furniture was moved in. I was just to BUSY taking him to the vet.
I LOVE it!

So sadistic but just the right thing to stick the point in. They were probably like "Why is this new furniture so itchy... what is this little bug?" Some idiots need a slap to get them to come to their sences.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sibohan2005 View Post
I LOVE it!

So sadistic but just the right thing to stick the point in. They were probably like "Why is this new furniture so itchy... what is this little bug?" Some idiots need a slap to get them to come to their sences.
I totally agree. They spent over a thousand dollars getting rid of the fleas. I'd imagine that if they'd actually followed their breeding contract and didn't let him outside it would have been much less expensive.
post #12 of 27
I work for Animal Control....i'll leave it at that (yes....i get "disappointed" with stupid people who do not properly care for their pets - haha disappointed is putting it lightly!) The sheer volume of stupid people we have to deal with on a daily basis is astounding
post #13 of 27
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I work for Animal Control....i'll leave it at that (yes....i get "disappointed" with stupid people who do not properly care for their pets - haha disappointed is putting it lightly!) The sheer volume of stupid people we have to deal with on a daily basis is astounding
it is sad when the owned pets in shelters need more socialisation than the ferals!
post #14 of 27
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As long as i live and breath there will be so many humans out there that i'll never be able to understand???
I'm sure this thread would never end if we all spilled out our moron stories here The world is just FILLED with them.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
I have been working at a vets office as a vet assistant for about 3 years now, and some days I just cant help but think that people are idiots. Let me give you a few examples....

Last week a man brought in his cat for vaccines. The cat was about 6 years old and was SERIOUSLY obese. The cat weighed in at 23 pounds... (he should have weighed about 10 pounds less) Then the guys tells me that the cat has been drinking and urinating a lot. First thing that popped in my head was diabetes. So the vet went in and talked with the man about it. Turns out the man was diabetic so he was fairly well educated on the topic. We checked the cats glucose and he wasn't diabetic (yet). So I told the man he should put the cat on a diet in order to keep the cat from becoming diabetic. He gave me a half chuckle and said "yeah.... ok" in a sarcastic manner. What a moron....

Then we have people constantly coming in (mostly men) who refuse to neuter their animals because their logic is that they wouldn't want to be neutered. You can tell them all about the risk of cancer and other problems that arise from not getting them neutered until your blue in the face... They just wont listen. Morons....

Another woman brought her cat in who was in diabetic ketoacidosis. She refused to give the cat insulin. She thought her regular holistic vet could cure it with herbs... So when the herbs didn't work (what a surprise) she brings the cat in for us to put to sleep. Moron....

Another man wanted his cat put to sleep because he was moving. (what???? ) The cat was 14 but in good health. An employee even offered to give the cat a home so the man didn't have to put it down. He said he didn't want the cat to be with anyone else.... SERIOUS moron...

I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with people like this that make you think... "what on earth is wrong with you????"

That is an understatement!
I sometimes feel so powerless!
post #16 of 27
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Then we have people constantly coming in (mostly men) who refuse to neuter their animals because their logic is that they wouldn't want to be neutered. You can tell them all about the risk of cancer and other problems that arise from not getting them neutered until your blue in the face... They just wont listen. Morons....
I hate to admit it, but that sounds like one of my brothers. He refused to have his beagle neutered because he "just couldn't do that to him." That dog would hump anything (sorry, but I couldn't think of a better word) and eventually developed prostate cancer. The poor thing actually survived the cancer and lived another couple of years, but by then was incontinent and miserable.
post #17 of 27
Another woman brought her cat in who was in diabetic ketoacidosis. She refused to give the cat insulin. She thought her regular holistic vet could cure it with herbs... So when the herbs didn't work (what a surprise) she brings the cat in for us to put to sleep. Moron....

IMHO not a moron... but at some pt the holistic vet should have consulted with a traditional when std herbal didnt work.... I had 2 extra yrs with Kandie thanks to herbs and have my Gigi now because of them
post #18 of 27
All the time! I volunteer at a shelter and I do education stuff for rabbit owners at the shelter and on online. I really, really, reallyreallyreally hate when people say something about having rabbits previously, but they kept having babies and they got sick of taking care of them all so they dumped them somewhere. Uh, maybe you should separate the males and females? They can only breed if both sexes are together, ya know! The other one I get all the time is "I can't take care of my rabbit any more, she's really aggressive and goes after my hand every time I go to feed her." When asked about the rabbit's living situation, the rabbit is always in a tiny cage barely bigger than a litter box and is never let out to play. I'd be pissy too!

Of course, then there was the young married couple who brought in their dog to the shelter because they couldn't handle him any more. They bought him as a puppy from a breeder and had him for one year. Problem? He jumped too much. Breed? Jack Russell!!! Is there a healthy Jack that doesn't jump?

And I can't stand the people that bring in their expensive "purebred mutts" like cockapoos, puggles, etc. for the low cost spay/neuter program at the shelter. They spent hundreds of dollars on a dog but are too cheap to pay for the speuter in full, so they take time and money from the shelter and the people who actually need the program.
post #19 of 27
I worked at a shelter for a couple years. I think one of the worst case of morons adopting was the cat who was returned because "he wasn't fun enough." Yep. Really.

I also found it interesting how many people we talked to about feeding a NAME BRAND pet food. And when the dog or cat was returned they had been feeding Special Kitty/Ol Roy/Farm & Fleet foods. We talked to these people about it because store brand is NOT the best food. If you have to feed less expensive, at least feed Purina! Sheesh. (We did not have a Petsmart at that time either, Authority is about the only store brand food I recommend)
post #20 of 27
A friend of my family is a doctor and lives alone, with no family in the area. He has never owned a puppy before and never owned a dog on his own (his mother has a dog they rescued as an adult when he still lived at home.)
He recently bought TWO yes TWO Weimaraner/Lab mix puppies! When I heard that I just was dumbfounded. I mean out of all the breeds to pick when you're someone new to puppies and not home a lot, and then to get TWO of them?!?
post #21 of 27
To me that is a reflection on the breeder / pet store / shelter.

At the shelter we are not afraid to say no to someone who wants to adopt a pet that we think does not suit their lifestyle or home. We always explain why we are making the decision and give them a chance to counter it (for example they tell us they both work but then tell us after that her mother lives with them or they have a nanny there all day etc and we change our minds)
post #22 of 27
I get very frustrated with dumb pet owners. IMO having a pet carries the same responsiblities as having a human child. If you can't afford them, or otherwise care for them you shouldn't have them. Being owned by a pet is a privelage NOT a right.
post #23 of 27
Freckles former owner falls into this category. She adopted Freckles and a female at the same time. Three litters later she got rid of the female and kittens (she claims to a no-kill shelter but who knows) and then got Freckles neutered. I got Freckles because she moved in with her boyfriend who only would let her bring 2 out of 3 cats, and had to get the other 2 declawed. His lether couch was more important! Since then one cat ran away and the other disappeared (she never told me what happened there). Freckles had a peaceful rest of his life with me.

My sister's MIL is like this as well. If she's tired of a pet she'll just abandon it by the animal shelter. She doesn't want to pay any money to surrender a pet properly. And then her dippy son (not my BIL, another one) will get her another cat or dog!
post #24 of 27
A couple of co-workers just had a conversation where they were lamenting the fact that their dogs couldn't be mated. One a lab mix the other a bulldog mix. They just don't care or just don't get how awful it is to purposely mate mixed breeds like this. "They would be so cute!" is the standard expression. They think I am a dog hater because I don't want to see more "cute" animals die.
post #25 of 27
I got very annoyed/angry at a dog forum this week, due to their very rude treatment of some new members. When a friend on the forum asked why a lot of people were so hostile in a thread about an accidental breeding, a lot of people thought it was fine, that they were just tired of hearing stupid people making mistakes.

I think it's horrible that people should act this way, when people need help. A vet, or a professional vet tech CERTAINLY would never call the owner an idiot, or yell and berate the owner; they would give information, and help out as best as they could.

Yes, some people just don't have the common sense, or knowledge, that a lot of other people have, but that's no reason to jump on their backs and harass them. Doing so never, ever makes the owner learn, unless you want them to learn you're a rude jackass. =3

And yes, I totally get frustrated with bad pet owners, but I'd never tell them that to their face. I'd much rather give them useful info, and help them to make the right choices.
post #26 of 27
Plain and simple, yes. It's too bad sometimes there's nothing you can do to help.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Katzyn View Post
I got very annoyed/angry at a dog forum this week, due to their very rude treatment of some new members. When a friend on the forum asked why a lot of people were so hostile in a thread about an accidental breeding, a lot of people thought it was fine, that they were just tired of hearing stupid people making mistakes.
I think I know what forum you are talking about,as I am a member and seen that discussion.It could be a different one,but it sounds VERY familiar.

I am involved with dog rescue and people are so dumb sometimes.People have surrendered puppies because "they chew too much" or "pee in the house"...lame things like that,that CAN be fixed...but the owners are too lazy to train them!
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