It all makes sense now, unfortunately. Life is sometimes best viewed through a rearview mirror. Back in January, I remember noticing a peach color rose blooming in my front yard. Strange I thought but that was all. Usually after the first of the year most animal allergies quiet only the worse persists and only for a short time longer. I recall telling clients this should be the last allergy visit of the seaon only to see them back in February and March. I admitted I was wrong and yet another treatment was necassary. I felt like we had a few weeks off in April and that was all! Then I heard on several occasions by human doctors this will be the worse allergy season EVER! That rose I saw and many others had a similar experience was a pseudospring following by cooler weather and a real spring that had pollen on steroids!. They announced people with allergies would have symptoms they had never had before and people without allergies could develop clinical signs this year. Over the past several weeks I have seen more flowers then ever wild and garden variety. My orchids bloomed like I had actually taken very good care of them. Then I saw fox tails around my neighborhood and removed four from one dogs ears. Something I usually to not ned to do untiil August or September. Then we had fires that one Fire Official said we do not experience until August of September. Finally, fleas are back, another early arriver that we do not see until the back portion of July.So, any good news? Well, if you are reading this, you have been warned. Talk to your veterinarian, they are you best resource to keep your pet healthy and minimze your expenses, not your aunt in Nebraska or the kid at the pet store. Flea control is evolving quickly. Some of the biggest names that were only available at your vet several years ago are inexpensive at the pet srores now. Bottom line, no longer top shelf. Again speak wih your vet and stay ahead of the curve. This looks to be an interesting and challening year!!!
Do you know why the drug companies that sell their medications to veterinarians will not guarantee or stand behind those same products purchased at an internet company or big box store? Yes, we are talking 800 Pet Meds and Costco. Because they can not get them legally! They need someone like me to divert products so they can attempt to alter the companies track and trace. Now some of these retail companies can not figure out so the veterinarian gets busted, cut off and sometimes worse with legal, civil and crimminal reprucussions. The reason is simple. Say company A says I will give you $30K for $25K of product. Cool I just made a quick $5K but, you know I know a printer and a compounding pharmacist. Yes, their are bad seeds in every industry. I will have them make up the box and pill and viola!!! I just made $25K with $5K in cost! Yes, that is the extreme but there are all kinds of variations not to mention mis and dis information. So, save yourself some $$$, get it through your vet and if you want ask them to meet you half way or match the internet price. Keep in mind, although the general impression is they are getting rich most of us at best are middle class servicing our school loans and paying the same bills you are so how do you combat this lost profit center? Raise prices on other services the general public can not access, something we dread doing. If we were in it for the money we would have been plastic surgeons and lawyers, sorry guys but you do make a boat load more then us. Finally, and most importantly you want to pay for a product that works the first time. You do not want to be one of the many I see daily that says really I would have never thought.... In general, most vets are honest and of highest moral integrity. We have to look you in the eye and do not want to see an unhappy pet owner and a miserable pet. Use us as a valuable resource to keep you aheard of the curve and save you some real money!