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In my practice I strongly believe in the great value of a true wellness plan for our pets as a great tool for early diagnosis and treatment.

My concern is of wellness plans offered to the public by a major national veterinary company, like Banfield Pet Hospitals, that as an underlying current—but a potent and motivating current—intend to tie the person into the contract for the full length of the contract and with heavy financial costs associated with early termination. The inducing factor of these plans is a convenient—so to speak—monthly payment, but, of course, and here I’m more than sarcastic, a nice down payment to join a plan.

As a matter of principal, and as matter of our liberty as consumers, all plans and programs joined should be fully transparent, and the cost of cancellation cannot be punitive, but instead, just and fair.

In addition the plans should list specifically what tests are included and not just generally speaking about diagnostic blood tests or fecal tests. There are various levels of blood tests and fecal tests available and the consumer should know exactly, and by a specific name what they are.

Furthermore, there should be no ambiguity as to the terms used and what they mean. An example, from a pamphlet from Banfield Pet hospitals: using the luring term unlimited office visits, and in the same time, a few lines further down using the limiting term comprehensive physical exam (2x/year). I believe the problem here is clear: what does an office visit include if not an exam? Does it include a non complete exam, thus providing poor health care? Or does the national veterinary company offering such services intends for this so called office visit to be an occasion for a social visit with tea/coffee and some biscuits? But, sarcasm aside, we as consumers should always safeguard our freedom to choose, or change or cancel at a reasonable cost and not a punitive cost.

We should ask ourselves if the wellness plans offered to us have the health of our loved pets as their first priority, or the bottom line, is the company’s financial bottom line, disguised and sweetened so we don’t see it for what it is!

Dr. Ehud Sela

The Gentle Vet

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida

954-972-5900

© Dr. Ehud Sela. No work herein may be reproduced in any way without expressed permission from the author.

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Cat & toy Mouse

Baxter is a 15 yrs old cat very sweet very friendly, with a few health issues.

Firstly, Baxter is a diabetic. Baxter watches his diet very carefully and his diabetes is due to his genes—the genes we come to this world with, they haunt us, alas. Anyway Baxter handles his diabetes very well and understands that he needs to get insulin injections twice a day to maintain his health.

Over the weekend sweet Baxter developed some serious neurological issues, unrelated to his diabetes. Baxter has dealt with his problem bravely and with a positive spirit, and with the excellent loving care of his owners and best friends, Baxter is walking again, slowly, but steadily improving.

And here are the best news of the day: Baxter is a pacifist and will not hurt a living thing, yet Baxter has a collection of toy mice that he controls and makes sure they are well behaved. Every night about 11 pm, Baxter will carry them in his mouth, bring them to the bedroom and declare in a loud meow that all mice are accounted for and the lights can be turned off and the family can sleep in peace. Baxter stopped doing it the last few nights due to his health problems, but the world can sleep in peace again, last night Baxter has returned to his toy mice duties. Who needs Superman, even more, who needs NATO; we all can sleep in peace as sweet Baxter is guarding the world’s night sleep.

I thought these are very worthy news and need to be shared….

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida

954-972-5900.

© Dr. Ehud Sela. No work herein may be reproduced in any way without expressed permission from the author.

 

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