Despite rising costs for pet care, few Americans have bought into insurance

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  • Let's Agree to Disagree Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    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 guessed it: more regulations. Sound familiar?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    We don't even like health insurance for our fellow human beings.

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    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.

    Aug. 15, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    "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.

  • Kaotic USA, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    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 horses...