Veterinarians, as well as the economy, have put me out of the horse business. You can't breed horses without a knowledgeable, committed vet. My long-time vet retired three years ago and it has been an awful experience for me since. I have settled on someone who is OK, as long as I don't raise horses and hopefully don't have an emergency during off hours.
But what really brings this to my frontal lobes is Bill. It was evident yesterday morning that Bill was dying. I called the vet clinic in town that I use when necessary. I have had dogs euthanized in the back of a pick-up, in the back seat of a car, in the back of my Jeep. In my front yard and in the aisle of the barn. This clinic has stopped coming to the farm, so I intended to carry him to the back of the Jeep and have them put him to rest there. When I called, I was told they wouldn't do that anymore, I needed to bring him into the clinic where they would shave his leg and insert a IV catheter. My dog was in life-ending distress and didn't need the stress and fear that their procedure would cause him. Moving him more than the one time to get him to the Jeep would have been cruel.
There is a lack of judgement and critical thinking. As well as empathy and compassion. It is all about procedure and money. I have placed veterinarians into the place of my highest disgust. They deserve this place because they, in general, hide behind the facade of doing what is best for the animal, but if you look closer you will see that the under-lying motivation is money.
Bill spent an hour and a half dying because of the rules. In the end he went without much ado, but he gasped for breath much longer than I wanted him to do. It costs more to euthanize the new way and it put the vet outside for ten minutes to come to the Jeep. As I was told, it is just too much effort to do it as I wanted. If these young individuals were capable of it, they should feel deep shame.
I have edited this to add, cost was not a determinate, but the stress that would have been put on Bill. I'm not sure I made that clear. My reference to cost was directed toward the ever-increasing procedures.