Veterinary fees are a reflection of the costs of maintaining suitable facilities, equipment and support personnel to provide the level of care that is expected in animal medicine today. Just like human medicine, veterinary medicine has undergone tremendous advances in recent years and our pets are enjoying longer, healthier lives than ever before. Advanced surgical and diagnostic procedures that were once only available through referral institutes are now available in private practice and are rapidly becoming the “standard of care”. Remember, too, the original cost of the animal has no bearing on the cost of services delivered. Annual veterinary care is a cost that should be factored in to the decision to own a pet.
If you are concerned about how you would pay for a serious illness or medical emergency with your pet, it might be a good idea to consider investing in pet insurance for peace of mind.