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someone came into day with a very old dog.The dog is extremely ILL and the lady gave us a sob story about how she has no money. So we gave her a break on the treatment and held payment for 1 week.

To many this may seem like no big deal but I have thousands of dollars of unpaid bills from people with the same sort of sob stories. We feel bad for them we try to help and in the end we rarely ever see them again to make payments.

what bothered me about this lady is she basically said it was only the situation she was in now making it hard to pay. but looking through her file she never has done any sort of upkeep on her dog not in 5 years. there is always something with money with her.

On the phone today she told me this "I don't want my dog to suffer over something like money because you won't let me pay you back for the labs and x-rays that is just stupid. You should be willing to pay." Honestly I feel bad for people. I really do but it is not my fault she has a dog she can not afford.( and hasn't been able to afford in years!) The doctor would normally be happy to help but the dog is very old and he feels that even with the hundreds of dollars of diagnostic work we would mostly likely eat. the dog is on its way out.

I explained to the lady that we have to pay the lab for the service and apologized for her situation. What should I tell people like that? Is it so difficult to understand that a vet is a business too and if we took every person that has money problems and told them they could come back and pay we would probably have to close our doors. The few cases we do take NEVER get paid it is so sad. We save someones dogs life and never see them again. all of them seem like "nice" trustworthy people.

and then i sit here and feel bad about it. I feel bad for the animals. Ive felt bad about it all day.
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Harsh but it is business and not everyone that is without money deserves help and not every sob story is the hard facts but exaggeration to get what they want. I get it, you want to help, but I think when people aren't even regulars who are always doing right for their dog ( and really got effed with timing) I wouldn't go out of my way for them.

Are there ways to perhaps make it a contract that stands up legally if they aren't honorable? I mean at the very least these promissory are recorded. Do you also keep information about care credit and short term loans places for people and offer those first? Sometimes people are on hard times, but not necessarily dire times either.

I think though that the fact you care to help get the dogs the treatments they need is wonderful so kudos to you. Still, if its hugely hurting your business I would tighten a little bit. I do know that I have been helped by a nice doctor before when I was sick and it was a savior.
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