Yes, having a pet is wonderful! But every pet owner knows that it is not all fun and games.
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Just like humans, animals also get sick and have health emergencies, which sometimes can result in a visit to the emergency vet. However, one of the differences between humans and animals is that our pets can’t express with words what exactly is wrong with them. Therefore, our job as their “parents” is to pretty much not take any chances and take them to the vet as soon as we notice there might be something wrong – but this is when it gets tricky!
There are times when those “emergencies” are false alarms and the visit to the emergency vet was completely unnecessary.
Twitter user Kristin Chirico recently had to learn this the hard way when she took her dog to the vet. For this reason, she started a hilarious Twitter thread to learn about other pet parents’ ridiculous reasons why they’ve had to pay hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars after visiting the emergency vet room.
Here are some of the funniest responses, starting with one of Kristin’s of course.
1. To be fair, that sounds like the equivalent of stepping in a puddle with socks on.
Oh I have another good one from me: on Christmas Day, Honeybear starting shaking uncontrollably and wouldn’t eat. Frantically texted the rescue thinking she was fevering or dying. Turns out she has mad that her paws got wet.— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) May 31, 2022
2. In her defense, we don’t think anyone would like the taste of a bug.
Last year I paid $400 to be told my cat didn’t like the taste of a bug.– kat (@ItsKatBiscuits) May 30, 2022
3. And the Drama King award goes to…
$500 because we hurt his feelings when we let him outside but didn’t go *with* him–so he started limping dramatically when he came in/yelped going down the stairs out the door. He was young enough that we worried it was Panosteitis.– ðŸŒ» Lindsey Odom ðŸŒ» (@tinyintern) May 30, 2022
Just manipulative. pic.twitter.com/99LmdrTtiV
4. We hope this cat helped unbox everything to make up for those $500.
My cat was vomiting anytime he ate, right before a move. $500 to find out he was mad about all the boxes in his house.– Laura, 3rd of Her Name (@lcpatt) June 1, 2022
5. Maybe he watched “The Floor Is Lava”?
Once had an emergency call out vet bill to find out my horse had decided to be afraid of the ground. pic.twitter.com/GAJI9piJRM– Pippity Pip! (@PippityPip) May 31, 2022
6. Sometimes you got to wait for the right moment, and this dog knows that.
Paid $180 once to be told my dog was holding in a fart. pic.twitter.com/UxQq74DN3P– pass the matches (@skeletonman20) May 30, 2022
7. The “happy tail syndrome” seems like one of those times when you smile so hard that your face hurts.
We rushed our dog to the emergency 24 hour vet after a day at the beach because she was acting skittish about her tail (was it broken?!) One 2am x-ray later and the vet says she has “happy tail syndrome,”meaning she wagged it so hard on her beach day that it was sore. https://t.co/l6ira6hw21– Emily Gaudette (@emilygmonster) May 30, 2022
8. Well at least it seems like he is not proud of it.
I paid $500 this year when my cat suddenly couldn’t walk only to find out he slept so hard his leg was asleep pic.twitter.com/eS42R1XcFP– the ghost of wade boggs (@stopthistrain28) May 31, 2022
9. In his defense, no one likes to be left out.
Dog had a raspy cough. The vet went right over him, x ray, blood tests and it was all a big mystery. Out of the blue the vet asked me to cough. I coughed…the dog coughed…I coughed…dog coughed again. Turned out the whole family had colds and the dog was trying to fit in.– Vanessa Young (@vanessa_young56) May 31, 2022
10. Well, his technique clearly worked!
I took my dog to the vet REPEATEDLY because he kept limping on 3 paws. Vet couldn’t find anything wrong with him. Turned out, he realized he got lots of attention for limping. RIDICULOUS. I tried to teach this dog to give his paw for weeks. Nothing.– Gia DeAngeville (@Deangeville) May 31, 2022
11. Vacation hangover is real.
My dog was extremely lethargic after we came back from a vacation in the mountains. Would not really eat or drink for days. Took her to the vet, they did all the tests, and was told she was just temporarily depressed the vacation was over. ðŸ™„– Stephanie Marie (@mysta42) May 31, 2022
12. This is the sweetest solution we’ve ever seen. Restaurants should have doggy high chairs, too!
My childhood pup (at around age 12) kept throwing up her meals. Found out her esophagus no longer was functioning properly, so she needed gravity to assist with the digestive process.– Will Raderman (@RadWill_) May 31, 2022
Solution was a doggy high chair. pic.twitter.com/wZqEjl0aB3
13. Goblin deserves to go on a shopping spree!
Took Goblin to the vet the day after she got spayed because she was walking funny and I was worried they’d nicked her spine or something during surgery. Turned out she was walking like that because she didn’t like the t-shirt I put on her to stop her licking her from wound. pic.twitter.com/Enqs0eFusQ– Kiera (@smallballss) May 31, 2022
14. She just wanted to go on vacation with them!
dog was limping for three days, and would yelp if we tried to check her paw, so we took her to the vet only to find out she was faking because she saw our suitcases and knew we were going on vacation and she did Not Like That– char (@stcrrychar) May 30, 2022
15. Precious knows the importance of staying hydrated.
Took Precious, my elderly rescue, to the vet a year ago, ON my birthday, thinking she had kidney disease. Panicked. Vet just says no, looks like it’s summer and she likes to drink water. That’ll be $200 pic.twitter.com/kEsxAebN1T– courtney ðŸŒˆ (@Keywork26) May 31, 2022
These pet owners show us that not all emergencies are what they seem. Sometimes animals’ tails are just too happy, and other times they just want an invitation to go on vacation.
But hey, why take a chance… right?
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