Over the last few years veterinary care has advanced significantly. Increasingly sophisticated methods provide high-tech solutions to previously impossible problems. These days, veterinarian clinics use equipment and drugs not too far removed from those used to treat human patients in your local hospital. This is appropriate, since most pet owners see their animal companions as part of the family and want the quality of medical treatment to reflect that. But how does that affect vet costs?
The cost of healthcare for pets and humans has risen dramatically over the past two decades. In pet healthcare, costs have increased by 60% since 1994. Over the same period, the increase in median household income has been less than 10%. So taking care of pets presents a significant challenge to the average American family. And America is a pet-loving country.