Unfiltered Story #139419

, , | Unfiltered | February 9, 2019

(I work in the kennels at a vet. My coworkers and I are currently walking the dogs that had boarded with us, passing through the lobby. I’m coming in right behind my coworker who had a trio of poodles.  Most people don’t seem to know that poodles are actually really tall and athletic, and it’s just the French and miniature types that are small. A woman stops me in the doorway.)

Woman: *really excited* Ooh, pardon my asking, but were those dogs that just went by Labradoodles?

Me: No, sorry, they’re just poodles. Standard poodles.

Woman: *looks really disappointed and confused* Oh…

Give This Customer A Cupcake

, , , , , , | Right | January 21, 2019

(A young woman walks into our vet’s office with a German Shepherd.)

Me: “Good afternoon, ma’am. Do you have an appointment?”

Lady: “Yes, my name is [Lady] and this is Cupcake.”

Me: “I see he is here for his rabies and distemper shots.”

Lady: “That’s correct.”

Me: “I don’t want to sound condescending, but the distemper shot won’t make him nicer.”

Lady: “Oh, I know that… Do people actually believe that?”

(I’m a little shocked by this.)

Me: “Unfortunately, you’re one of the few people I’ve met that hasn’t said, ‘When will it make my pet nicer?’”

Lady: “I’m sorry you guys have to deal with knuckleheads like that.”

Me: “It’s okay. Every job has its risks.”

(I wish I could’ve given her a discount. I found out later that she is a service dog trainer. My niece is blind, and Cupcake became her service dog after she learned how to use a cane.)

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Just Tell Them They Will Get Dog Breath

, , , , | Healthy Right | January 20, 2019

(I’m a receptionist for a busy veterinarian office. We have a strict policy of not giving medical advice over the phone for the protection of the patients, as I am not a medical professional; I am a receptionist with zero medical training. A frantic woman calls.)

Caller: “What’s going to happen to me? I used my dog’s toothbrush!”

Me: “I don’t believe anything should happen to you, but if you’re worried, you should call your own doctor for advice.”

Caller: “But don’t you know?! You know about dogs; you should know what will happen to me!”

(Both my other phone lines are now ringing.)

Me: “I cannot give medical advice over the phone. Also, we are a veterinarian. If you need medical advice for people, you need to speak to a human doctor.”

Caller: “But don’t you know? You know about dogs.”

Me: *repeating myself* “I really cannot give medical advice for pets or humans. If you are worried, call your own doctor. Now, I need to answer some other calls.”

Caller: “Okay. I just don’t understand why you can’t tell me what will happen to me.”

(I had to hang up on the woman because she wouldn’t stop whining about it.)

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You Pretty Much Don’t Want Them To Get Either, Though

, , , | Right | January 1, 2019

(I’m an assistant at a vet clinic. Another assistant is in a room with the veterinarian and a patient with their owner getting vaccinations. She comes out a few minutes later, shaking her head and smiling. She tells me about this exchange:)

Owner: *while coworker attaches new rabies tag to pet’s collar* “Oh, is that his herpes tag?”

Coworker: *pause* “No, ma’am, this is his rabies tag.”

Owner: “Oh, good!”

(Totally made my day.)

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Don’t Get That Mixed Up With The Coffee

, , , | Healthy | December 25, 2018

(A worried-looking woman rushes into the vet’s waiting room, pulls out a double-bagged yellow liquid, and tries to hand it to the receptionist.)


(It was.)

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