Why do so many people ask on Answers what's wrong with their dog instead of taking it to a vet?

Sure, you can list symptoms, you can describe it in detail, you can even post a link to a photo. But no-one online can give your dog a physical, test a urine or faecal sample, nor take a blood test/skin scraping/swab. Do people really think asking a group online will give them a proper solution for their poor sick animal? Or is it a cost factor- ie It's a whole lot cheaper to ask online than cough-up for the vet fees? This is seriously beyond my level of comprehension, can someone please explain? I understand the "my dog seems itchy what can I do to help it" type questions, or the "I'm taking my dog to the vet for blah, what can I expect" questions, its the "my dog has been hit by a car and can't walk and is bleeding. Do you think I need to take him to a vet" type questions that I don;t understand. My theory is if I had the same symptoms and I would see a doctor about it, well then my dog goes to the vet. I thought that was logical? Also the questions of "my dog is really sick and i think he might be dying, what should I do" questions that I don;t understand. If you were really sick and thought you were dying wouldn't you go to a doctor, or if your doctor wasn;t open, go to an emergency doctor?

Asked By: _My dogs rule_ - 2/24/2010
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Sometimes people think they are silly for running to the vet for something a little odd... More
Answered By: Annie - 2/24/2010
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No but as an animal lover and owner I can say this... It is Always good to have peace of mind especially when you know you cannot really do anything until morning.... so just let people get answers and let them have some peace... you don't have to be here.
Answered By: Briana, Bri, Brenna, whatever. - 2/24/2010
I agree that some (most) of them are pretty ridiculous, but sometimes they are legit. If there was something odd going on with my dog I might ask a question here in case somebody has had a similar experience. It might save money, might not.
Answered By: TruKidzTHINKfree - 2/24/2010
Because taking dogs to the vet cost a lot of money so people would rather ask whats wrong on the internet cause its free.
Answered By: Claudia - 2/24/2010
because sometimes people have an answer that doesnt cost $50... More
Answered By: Jessica A - 2/24/2010
Because they want to save money... More
Answered By: Whiskers - 2/24/2010
Sometimes it is warranted. i have answered questions like "my dog ate a piece of chocolate, should i be worried" obviously that is not something to worry about, but to an inexperienced dog owner it is. I have actually been in that position a long time ago and i had to call a 24/7 vet... More
Answered By: Lila - 2/24/2010
Sometimes there may be a simple answer to a question such as "Why does my dog keep scratching itself?", and it doesn't need a vet to tell them the dog may have fleas! So instead of wasting time and money, the person posting the question can then do something about the fleas thanks to being informed on Yahoo! Answers... More
Answered By: ILovePoms♥ - 2/24/2010
Cheap option? Hopeful they can avoid a vet bill? This place is here as a first port of call ..... maybe... More
Answered By: MamaBas - 2/24/2010
I agree that sometimes it's pointless to ask what's wrong your pet on yahoo answers. However, I think that people are hoping to hear that it's all going to be fine, and your dog doesn't need to go to the vet, and s\he can recover on their own. I bet most of them aren't too happy with the answers they get. Truth is, you... More
Answered By: My baby Missy - 2/24/2010
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