Dog Health Issues – Veterinarian Fees for Dogs are Exploding

Dog Health Issues – Veterinarian fees for dogs are significantly rising.  I have been a proponent of taking our dogs to the vet for its regular checkups and shots.

The only time our dog goes to the vet is for his regular checkups.  He is very healthy and never seems to get sick.

This blog has discussed the increase in preventable diseases in our dogs and cats.  Blame has been placed primarily on pet owners who are making less frequent trips to the vet for the pets’ regular exams.

I still believe in taking your dog to your veterinarian for its regular checkups.  If your dog is sick, I feel it is critical that you take your dog to be checked out.

But the rising veterinarian fees for dogs are a great concern.  Could that be one of the reasons why pet owners are avoiding the vet?  That could certainly be one reason.  

Probably the best thing to do is be aware of what the vet is charging.  Before your pet is examined, you can ask the cost for each procedure.  This may annoy the staff person at the desk.  But you have every right to know the costs the vet is going to charge you.

I read a short article on the rising veterinarian fees for dogs.  The article is entitled “The Dog Maxed Out My Credit Card” by Dave Duncan.  A good audio is included with the article.  You can play it on Windows Media Player.  It took a minute or so for the audio to come up for me so stay patient.

Here is the quote from the article:

Pet owners are feeling sticker shock at the vet. The average household in the U.S. spent $655 on routine doctor and surgical visits for dogs last year, up 47% from a decade ago, according to the American Pet Products Association. Expenditures for cats soared 73% over the same time frame—on pace with human health-care cost increases. Expenditures for people in the U.S. were up 76.7% between 1999 and 2009, according to the U. S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  WSJ’s Wendy Bounds breaks down what pet owners can expect next time their furry friend gets a cold.

The entire article can be read here:

The audio gives you some good ideas on why the veterinarian is charging higher costs.  One reason is that the vet is doing more specialized work with your pet.

Another reason is that the vet is now focusing more on the bottom line – the vet’s profitability.  I don’t feel that is a legitimate reason for raising fees.  

I would like to hear your comments.  Are you seeing an increase in veterinarian fees for dogs?  Are the higher costs justified?  Do you question the fees being charged?

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