Wednesday, October 09 2019
We all want the very best for our beloved pets. They are undoubtedly members of our families, helping us weather hard times, heartbreak, and grief in the purest and most supported way possible. That’s why we want to be able to provide them with the care and attention they deserve, which can many times, include trips to the vet’s office.
However, in recent years, the cost of a vet visit has increased. It has increased so much that many pet parents are faced with neglect, abandonment, or surrendering their pet to a shelter where they are at risk of euthanasia. No one should ever have to turn their backs on their furry companions, which is why our nonprofit wants to do something about it.
But, before we get there, let’s look at the honest state of veterinary costs today.
The Sobering State of Veterinary Costs
In 2018, a report was released that found pet parents spend anywhere from $9,000 to more than $13,000 for medical treatments over the course of a companion animals’ life. Since most of the time, cats and dogs aren’t covered by medical insurance (10% of dogs and 5% of cats qualify), pet parents are left shouldering most of the harrowing costs.
Why has this number gone up? For starters, the lifespans of dogs and cats have increased due to better available care, food, etc. Dogs average 11.8-years of age at death as of 2018, whereas that average was at 11-years in 2013. Happier, healthier pets also lead to longevity that can add up in costs.
And then there are the veterinarian clinics that have drastically increased their costs for basic pet procedures.
Why are veterinary costs rising so drastically? One problem is the rising vet incomes. According to the Veterinary Medical Association, the mean annual professional income of private vets rose from $60,000 in 1995 to $90,000 in 2007. Although vets argue their incomes have been increased to match the pace of inflation, different newspaper accounts claim that many vets are taking advantage of families in need.
Families Need Help
About 23 million pets in the United States are in homes where caretakers live at or below the poverty line, which means those pets are left without access to veterinary care. There are also disabled individuals, elderly, retired servicemen, and a slew of other people that are not able to shoulder over $10,000 in costs for their beloved pet.
They shouldn’t have to weather expensive veterinary care to keep their pets healthy. That’s why we founded Healthy Canines, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to supplementing families in need of veterinary assistance in the State of Georgia. You deserve to be a pet parent for the natural duration of your pet’s life. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to us today.