Message in a bottle - from a vet Advertorial

2016-04-05 06:00

I CAN’T take credit for this – I saw this posting from a colleague – so I’ll just give my tuppence worth, in italics.

Dear Client.

• The estimated cost of your pet's treatment is not inversely proportional to the length of time it takes for you to debate whether or not to treat. The longer you wait, and the sicker the dog and/or cat, the more needs to be done to reverse the damage.

• No, we cannot give you a discount because you "rescued" him. When did your good deed become ours? Every vet I know does good deeds that are not publicised, some are, like Dr Lowry’s township sterilisation campaign. Don’t ask us to take on your burdens, that’s chutzpah.

• Yes, this is our "best price”. We don’t sell cars or Tupperware or frivolous tzatskas, this is medicine.

Asking the same questions over and over again will not change the estimate or prognosis.

• Telling me how your neighbour's pet had exactly the same thing last year and it cost a quarter of this estimate will not change the estimate or the prognosis. No two pets or disease or circumstances or practices are the same - this isn’t a car, it’s biology and that is messy and complicated; that’s why it takes seven years of heavy study to be a vet.

• Asking me my age will not change the estimate or the prognosis. This may be considered rude in any one of a number of ways.

• Long pauses and staring at me mutely will not change the estimate or the prognosis

• Swearing at me will not change the estimate or the prognosis. Quite the opposite. You get more bees with honey and all that.

• Lying to me about the duration of your puppy's illness will not change the estimate or the prognosis. Surprisingly, vets know when a tumour hasn’t been there two days, and can tell when a leg has been broken for two weeks - honesty just speeds up everything.

• Vaccinating and deworming your puppy and treating it for the seething mass of ticks and fleas, on the other hand, would have vastly changed the estimate and prognosis. As I said in my last column – prevention, prevention, prevention.

- Dr Anthony Zambelli

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.