Relatively speaking, veterinary care is a great value! The cost of veterinary care has risen very little over the last 20 to 30 years, especially when compared to the cost of human health care or almost any other services.
Veterinary fees are a reflection of the costs of maintaining suitable facilities, equipment and support personnel to provide the level of care that is expected in animal medicine today. Remember, too, the original cost of the animal has no bearing on the cost of services delivered. Annual veterinary care is a cost that should be factored in to the decision to own a pet.
Many people are choosing to purchase pet insurance plans to help with the costs of veterinary care. There are a wide variety of pet insurance plans through many different companies so prospective owners should do some research to decide what they want from their plan (some cover everything under the sun, some only cover yearly exams and vaccinations). It is also important to try to purchase a plan as early in the pet’s life as possible as many of the companies do not cover “pre-existing” conditions.