Honey did the cutest thing at the vet last week.
I know you would have gotten a kick out of seeing it. But I don’t have a single image.
Sorry. I don’t take pictures at the vet.
Honey At The Vet
Let me create a word picture of Honey at the vet.
First off, she just loves it.
Despite being whisked up on a table and having her foot prodded at, she’s thrilled to see all her new friends. Every. Time.
Last week when we went in for a brief check, she could hardly contain her joy.
While we were sitting in the examining room waiting for the vet, Honey perked up her ears at every sound on the other side of the door.
Is she coming? Is that my friend on the other side of the door?
Finally, I led Honey over to the big window that looked out onto the parking area.
She propped her head on the window sill to watch a great Dane and her people coming in and did a little happy dance with her front paws.
I’m sure it would have made a great picture. But I didn’t have my camera.
Because I never take it to the vet.
Why I Don’t Take Pictures
Believe me, I’ve considered it.
I need fresh pictures to break up my wordy posts. Honey is adorable. And a vet visit is something I’m likely to write about.
But I’ve thought it over and I have a few reasons I don’t take pictures at the vet’s office.
1. Vets usually run behind schedule.
By the time the vet takes a few extra minutes with every patient, they’re running behind schedule.
The person worried about her cat at the 5 p.m. appointment doesn’t need me making things go even slower.
2. Some people are private.
If I took pictures, I’d need to protect the privacy of other people. Or get their permission to include them on the blog.
It’s just too much trouble. Some people might not feel comfortable saying no even though they want to. And it slows things down (see #1).
3. It’s one more complication while the vet and vet techs are trying to do their jobs.
I like to stroke Honey while she’s being examined. Or will slip her a tiny treat while she’s giving blood.
But I’m very careful to stay out of the way. And to step back immediately if I find myself getting in the way.
4. The setting isn’t very attractive.
No matter how many cute puppy pictures or life cycle of the flea posters a vet puts up in her office, it’s not exactly the beach.
And finally, the biggest reason I don’t take pictures at the vet’s office?
5. My job at the vet is to take care of Honey.
Yes, I want to be sensitive to the vet and her staff. I want to respect other people in the waiting room with their pets.
But my primary job is to take care of Honey.
It’s the same reason I don’t take a book or read magazines.
If Honey looks thirsty I get her a drink. I watch the floor for signs of perspiration (did you know dogs sweat through their paws when they’re anxious?). I do small training exercises if the wait gets too long.
And I try to engage closely with the vet and staff so I can get their best knowledge about how to take care of Honey.
I’m paying them for their expertise. I want to at least take advantage of it by listening carefully and asking follow-up questions.
Should Anyone Take Pictures At The Vet
I’ve been surprised to find pictures of a vet’s office on social media and blogs.
But I’m not in a big hurry to say no one should take pictures at the vet’s office.
Some people use the pictures to illustrate stories that will help others care for their pets.
And others are such great multi taskers with marvelous cameras on their phones that they can comfort their dog, get permission from the vet, and snap a few shots off in the time it takes me to remember how to turn the camera on.
I won’t be following them.
So let’s hope that after Honey gets her stitches out, we won’t be seeing much of the vet.
Because I need some nice shots. And I’d hate for them to be taken in front of a canine gingivitis poster.
Your Turn: Do you take pictures at the vet? Why or why not?
All pics were taken by my husband who’s taking first crack at learning our new camera. We can’t wait to see how it does with action shots. But Honey is not allowed to run and jump while her stitches are healing.