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Vet Bills Getting Higher?

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I know ours are.  Seems like every time we go it costs us $500 for our two dogs.  I’ll never forget the first time we took one of our new dogs to the vet.  They kept him overnight for observation and the bill was over $500.  I about had a heart attack.  I remembered as a kid taking our dog to the vet and it was like $15.  Guess that was quite a while ago 🙂

After an ACL surgery, eye surgery, having a mass removed, etc., the original vet bill doesn’t seem so bad.  In hindsight, maybe we should have had pet insurance.  It’s a little late now.  Both dogs are 10 years old.  I’m sure we’ll take a serious look at it when it comes time to get a new one (or two).  Carol Bryant from Fidose of Reality makes a good case for it in the article below.

You show me your bill, I’ll show you mine. My dog’s vet bills, that is.

There are a few things that are generally off topic for this writer: Namely, politics, religion, and finances. The latter goes out the window when it comes to providing a service of disclosure and information for today’s modern pet parent. In the name of keeping dog moms and dads educated, we’re pulling back the “money” green curtain and dishing the dirt on how much that doggie in the window really costs.

How Much Is that Doggie (Vet Bill) in the Window?

The average price of a veterinary office visit in the United States averages around $50 to $55 dollars at a general practitioner. Veterinary specialists and emergency room visits are often higher, with prices as high as $250 just to be seen.

Pets are viewed as property in the eyes of the law but as family members to most dedicated dog parents.

Health insurance for pets isn’t the same as health insurance for people.

I have been with my dog’s veterinary insurance carrier for over 20 years now. Years ago, I called to inquire about a claim and was told, “Your policy cost will fluctuate, Mrs. Bryant. Think of your dog’s insurance like car insurance: If you have more incidents, the rates go up.”

Pet insurance excludes pre-existing conditions from coverage; most healthcare plans for people do the same. With veterinary insurance, pet parents will deal with a deductible, a co-pay, or both with most insurers. There may be a maximum limit on treatment for individual illnesses, or on the yearly or lifetime reimbursement.

Go to Fidose of Reality for the rest of the story.

Article Source: Fidose of Reality

Image Source: dixie wells – Flickr

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1 Comment

  1. Carol Bryant

    July 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for highlighting my blog post and getting the word out to keep our dogs happy and healthy while keeping our pocketbooks intact 😉

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