Hahaha, I'm not much of a confrontational person. :P Plus it seemed kind of rude for a teenager to go all off on an office full of vet assitants for improper animal care... though it would have been hilarious. xD Sending them a letter sounds nice though. :)
(By the way, I see you're from NS... I'm a bluenoser as well! :P)
If you're in NS, that would be AWESOME if this vet was close to me! I'd handle it for you :)
The thing about professionals, and I've always wondered this about doctors I've gone to see, is that you don't know if they were at the top of their class in med/vet school or if they just barely passed. xD I'm in animal science at UVM, and while some people in the Pre-vet program are REALLY smart, there are others... let's just say I wouldn't want them treating my pets...
I know this is kind of off topic, but in some cases, don't be surprised about their lack of knowledge on certain things.
Last edited by revolutionrocknroll; 01-20-2012 at 09:35 AM.
Yeah... It happens. Vet clinics are specialized in small animals which means dogs and cats. Which means that when they went to university they did see fish, birds and big mammals such as farm animals but they decided to specialize in small animals (dogs and cats) so they didn't actually study the needs of exotic animals such as tank size, need of heater, etc. Vets don't know everything about every animals, they specialize in certain species.
The best thing you could do is go back there and explain nicely to the person in front the needs for bettas. I'm sure they would listen, people who work there are animal lovers so they want what's best for them (believe me, i work in a vet hospital). They probably didn't know like most of the people out there who own bettas.
Even exotic vets who are specially trained to treat small rodents, rabbits, birds and reps are probably ill informed whrn it comes to fish. I know there are vets who can practice on large long-life fish like oscars and what have you but when it comes to betta and goldfish they really are just cheaper to replace (unfortunately). So vets would rather make real money treating "real" pets.. :/ It's sad because our bettas mean so much to us.
I'm sorry about what you saw, perhaps you can phone call them, send them a letter (factsheet attached) or get the courage and very politely and kindly ask them about the necessity of keeping betta in such unhealthy environments.
sounds like the betta that is kept at a store, in a vase, unheated, with a bamboo. Filthy, rot, was laying on it's side. Couldn't swim if it wanted to, a huge statue took up the entire vase.
Their comment "oh, he's not sick, he's just old, he's more than 5 years".
o_o I've had bettas between 4-7 years. And never looked like THAT. sure they get a little duller than usual, and tak more naps... >.>