I'm glad you posted this. I'm more knowledgable about cats than dogs, but I've wondered the same thing too.
I don't mind so much the questions about behavior because more times than not an experienced person might be able to give some reasonable strategies without having to resort to a trainer or behaviorist, or at the very least can identify when a behavior is serious enough to warrant it. In addition, many times someone not as experienced might not realize a behavior can be related to a physical problem. I find I can usually tell who's looking for an easy way out, or who is irresponsible as opposed to someone who really doesn't know.
But when it comes to the illness and medical issues it boggles the mind.
I'm sure that most of the people who say they can't afford a vet, really can. Sometimes that's obvious as well.
But when people come on and ask what to do with animals that are clearly in severe danger, possibly dying because they waited 4 or 5 days before even addressing the situation.
I can't believe that most of them don't realize that a vet would be needed. If an animal is laying there bleeding, or hasn't eaten in days, or is so weak it can't move, it isn't rocket science.
I also wonder about the ones who say they took the animal to a vet, but now ......
If it was them, they'd call the doctor they saw. If they really went to a vet, they'd call the vet that treated the animal. So most of them I don't believe, unless they are asking about the validity of what the vet did.
I wish more people had respect for the animals that have been loyal to them. Or just animals in general. It angers me when people think living things are disposal and just there for their needs. It angers me when they think it's okay for them to wait and suffer, and okay to put them in danger because it's more convenient, and okay sometimes to even murder them because they just can't be bothered.
And, of course, they post here because they want us to say it's okay.
The other thing that drives me crazy is when people get puppies, or kittens, and then come on here and ask what to do because their pet is basically acting like a puppy or kitten and want to know how to stop them.
So, kudos to you for posting this.