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Veterinarians Share Clear Signs When They Know Someone Is A Good Parent To Their Pet

March 18, 2020 18.0k votes 2.5k voters 97.8k views27 items

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Pets are intuitive, but so are veterinarians and they notice everything

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    A Loving Dad

    From Redditor u/ammabarnes:

    I'll never forget (as an assistant) a big biker dude (tats, glasses, beard, sour expression the whole thing!) Kneeling down besides his cat who was getting his temperature checked, cupping its head in his hands and whispering "Oh baby, I know... Oh my little flower petal, I wouldn't like that too... Don't cry, it will be over soon"

    And I absolutely melted for him!

    Dude was scary to look at before that but after that I saw a whole different kind of person.

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    Trust Is Important

    From Redditor u/DramaBrat:

    I’ll never forget when a vet complimented my pet parenting abilities.

    I have a very anxious cat, who obviously hated going to the vet. He would meow and hiss and tensed up whenever they touched him. I’m sure he wasn’t the meanest cat they’d ever dealt with, but he was clearly scared and unhappy.

    I don’t think I did anything special that day, I just stood with him, petting him as they checked his temperature and gave him shots. I scratched his head and pet his back. Normal cat owner things.

    While doing the check up, the vet turns to me and so casually says. “You’re so good with him, he trusts you so much.”

    This was over five years ago and it still makes my heart warm.

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    It's Hard To Let Go

    From Redditor u/Royal-Light:

    Not a vet but a vet tech. Maybe a controversial one, but being ready to let go when the time comes. We see it all the time; pet parents who are too scared to say goodbye and keep paying for expensive treatments which can make a pet live longer, but doesn’t improve their quality of life. I’m 100% behind putting up a fight and doing anything you can to save a pet’s life, but living in pain is very hard and a lot to ask of an animal who can’t accurately describe their pain to you.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that some people love by hanging on, and others love by letting go. It’s hard, but it’s usually the right thing to do.

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    Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

    From Redditor u/Penguin-chan:

    Don't let appearances fool you. When I was a tech, I had a client come in with a dog who was sick with parvo. He had holes all over his clothes, basically looking homeless. Made an estimate for him and assumed he wouldn't pay for treatment (I've had so many clients do this and didn't help we were located at the "poor" side of town). To my surprise, he signed the estimate, left a deposit, dog stayed with us for a week and got better, and he came in every day to visit and pay. That made me happy and realized that not all people are turds towards their pets.

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