What food should I feed my dog? My cat is peeing outside the litter box, how do I stop this? Is this spot normal? Can I do something for this at home? My dog is in labor, what should I do? These are the questions that many of us hear not only at work, but from our lovely friends and family. I personally have no problem helping a friend out with basic pet health questions. The problem is when they become askholes.
Definition of an askhole? Someone who consistently comes to you for your professional advice and does the exact opposite on multiple occasions.
Case and point: I had a family member ask me for advice on pet food. I’ve had bad experience with a particular brand that shall remain nameless and has a reputation for GI issues. My advice was to buy a commercial diet from a pet store and buy anything but said brand.
So what did they buy...?
Of course they had to buy the one brand I told them to stay away from. Then guess what happened? Their dogs didn’t do well on it. But hey, what do I know, right?
Next, they continued to ask me about flea protection. Since no one wants to listen to an actual veterinarian, they were certain that grating garlic onto the back of their precious pup would be sufficient. Answer there again was a resounding no!Don't even get me started on the breeding questions I've been asked. My advice is always to spay and neuter, end of story.
The questions continue and my advice/recommendations are rarely taken seriously. I like helping family and friends with their pet health problems, but it gets incredibly draining when they keep doing the opposite. The ‘I told you so’ phrase starts getting really old.
In fact, we have enough clients that do the opposite of what we recommend that I think we are surprised when our loved ones, who should trust us, don’t listen either.
Do you deal with askholes outside of work? How do you handle them?