Euthanasia Becoming More Common as Pet Costs Skyrocket

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Euthanasia Becoming More Common as Pet Costs SkyrocketEuthanasia has long been an option for pet owners with grievously injured or terminally ill pets. However, rapidly increasing costs of veterinary medicines and procedures are forcing more and more pet owners to make a choice: pay exorbitant fees for treatment, or have the animal put down. With technology improving and treatment options expanding, many pet owners are suffering sticker shock when they see the cost of treatment for their pets. Emergency surgery to fix bloat? $8,000. Installing a stent in a Shitzu? $15,000. As costs go up, options for pet owners with finite financial resources continue to shrink. Most pet owners do not invest in health insurance for their pets, which means the majority of these costs end up coming either out of pocket or through an interest-heavy loan program. If the pet owner doesn’t have the money and can’t get approved for the loan, that pet owner may have no other choice but euthanasia. In many veterinary clinics, a “pay first, treat second” policy is now the norm. The message is clear: Vets are here to help your animals in any way possible, but only if you’re able to foot the bill when all of the procedures and treatments are concluded. The best plan may be investing in health insurance and ensuring your pup has access to a healthy lifestyle and quality diet, all of which will limit the impact of health issues down the line.

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