Published: Thursday, Aug. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Wow! "Americans now spend $575 per cat and $852 per dog with veterinarians
every year." That seems kind of an extreme amount. Americans must not be
doing a good job of preventative care to have to dish that kind of money out.
Vaccinations don't amount to more than $25 per animal and the owner can
give it themselves except for rabies. No wonder our local vet seems to be doing
all right...I'm glad I seen him coming with my 12 cats, 2 dogs and 4
"Americans now spend $575 per cat and $852 per dog with veterinarians every
year."I agree, WOW! That doesn't seem true to me. Perhaps
that is just the average amount spent of those who do visit a vet every year? I
would estimate one of my three animals sees a vet about once every three years
and almost always for vaccinations.
To read this and then read about american kids going hungry really makes you
think of priorities. Or maybe we aren't as bad off as many in the
government and media want us to believe. These vet bills don't even
include cost of food and shelter for the cats and dogs. If we are willing to
spend this kind of money on a cat (that can be picked up for free and the local
Walmart) maybe we aren't as poor as some would have us believe. It's
always interesting to see pictures of the so called poor with their dogs and
cats in the background.
We don't even like health insurance for our fellow human beings.
Health insurance for pets is a great idea. Then the government can create tax
benefits for employers so they they are about the only place people can get into
group plans. They government can place a myriad of regulations on who can sell
it, where they can sell it, and what has to be covered. Then maybe we can get
some lawyers to start burying veterinarians in frivolous law suits. Next thing
you know both veterinary services and pet health insurance will be practically
unaffordable. But don't worry, because government will ride to the rescue
with...you guessed it: more regulations. Sound familiar?
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