Dr Sophia, Beth, Three Thousand Dollars discussed on In The Gate
Dog is far more expensive and how can we be charging that much yet if you look at the human side of things, those same services cost far more a knee surgery in dog may cost three thousand dollars, whereas that same surgeon, human medicine may cost thirty or forty thousand, but a lot of people are insulated from that cost because they have their insurance cover the majority of it. So maybe they only pay a thousand of their niece or re and therefore their dogs need surgery, quote, unquote costs more. And we feel a lot of that pressure from the clients. In a lot of clients don't understand the narrow margins that most veterinary practices operate under in. Then we have additionally clients that, gosh, we know that they want to and they legitimately can't afford to treat their pet. And if we give away all of our services, the business is going to go bankrupt. And so then our hearts. Oh, out to these clients that want to and we know that they can't and they could if they would, but we can only give them so much and in the end, the pet suffers and that's where human medicine differs where in the human field, even sometimes legally, they will just do it and figure out the cost later. We can't do that in our side. Why is this become such an issue now? Or is it simply coming out of, you know, the closet. Now in terms of vet suicide, I think it's definitely coming out of the closet. You know, I've been practising for twenty one years and I felt these pressures the entire time. Now I'm, I feel very blessed that brew antidepressant medication through therapy and counseling and through for me a good prayer life and my faith, I have been able to get it in the control. But you know, I've been suicidal, I've had. Times when I have legitimately contemplated. And if it wasn't for my wife and children, I would have carried it out. So it's it's something that's been around. I remember fifteen plus years ago thinking, why did I get into this? And it's something I wanted to do since I was nine years old, it was my entire driving force of childhood in high school and college. So I think that it's just being talked about more a few years ago. There was a very prominent behavioral specialist Dr Sophia and who was a well known in the veterinary community had authored several books on animal behavior really understood behavior. She committed suicide. It really, really hit the community hard because she was noon all across the country and probably internationally. So she was very high profile and that started bringing up. Discussions that were kind of already happening, but then it started bringing up cases of maybe that individual vet that was only known in her community that didn't make national headlines in it allowed people to have kind of, you know, hey me too. You know, I've been struggling with this also, so it really opened up the discussions and brought a light to things that were Ardy existing, but you didn't really understand what this whole lifestyle was. Like when you first entered the profession, I have to imagine. You know, it's kinda strange. I did. I started working in a veteran clinic when I was fourteen. I'm forty eight now. So I really, I worked in this profession almost my entire life and even working for thirteen years part of that school I, it seemed great and Beth, I worked for it. I didn't notice that among them imparted me. Then they were some of the ones who didn't feel those pressures. Part of it may have been. They hit it well or part of me. Then we just didn't talk about the emotional aspect of things. You know, I saw pets euthanize I saw pets die. It was actually one of the things that motivated me to push through college and to work for it in that school and get to where I was. But it was never really talked about from the perspective of this is the emotional drain that you as the doctor will feel when I'm. Dr the buck stops with me all my staff, they think he kind of pushing things to me. But ultimately, every single day I step through the doors of my clinic, I am responsible for life and death decisions. How I practice, what does I know site make?.