Hopefully Lucy’s health issues are nothing serious. She’s been gnawing and scratching like crazy. I ran the flea comb through her, gave her a bath and a fresh dose of Front Line but that didn’t stop her behavior. Once brown spots started sprouting on her belly, it was time to call the vet.
This year pet parents are expected to spend a whopping $12.2 billion for veterinary care, according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s up from $11.2 billion last year and $8.2 billion five years ago. While some people look at it as the higher price of vet care, I look at is there are more pets– the APPA’s new 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey shows that the number of U.S. households that own a pet has increased by 2.1% to an all time high of 72.9 million — plus we’re taking better care of our pets.
When I was growing up my family always had at least one dog. I never remember one trip to the vet for any of our dogs. The poodle went for grooming sessions so infrequently that she was always unrecognizable when we went to pick her up. We also had big dogs, a German Shepherd, a St. Bernard and a host of others over the years.ve
They had their dog house in the backyard and every so often, mainly when it rained something fierce, were allowed indoors. In other words, they were treated like dogs. Today, more of us treat our pets like what they are: members of our family. And it’s costing us dearly as advancements in veterinary care has resulted in better and more costly treatment.
The New York Times published an informative article on ways to contain the cost of health care. It’s worth a look. Just think, with the money we save we can book Fifi a massage at a pet spa.