That reminds me of the vet I had who had to finally put to rest my old buddy Harley. The yellow lab I had as my companion for 16.5 years. It was one of the saddest days in my life and that vet had treated him for every ailment, shot, disease, mishap Harley ever had. When he put him to sleep the bastard actually had the nerve to charge me $35 for "disposal fee." I thought to myself, what a prick. After all the dollars I had spent in his office over the years he is adding to my suffering by charging me this cold fee!
Yes, the costs of veterinary medicines have increased over the years, but not without valid reasons. As an example the U.S. inflation rate rose. Veterinarians and their staffs pay the same prices we do for housing, food, gasoline, and cars. In addition, most they have to repay large student loans, making it unlikely that they can afford big houses and expensive vacations.
Since we have four dogs, and a cat (who thinks he's a dog) around here, I can certainly attest to the HIGH cost of vet care. I'm just glad I can afford to keep them all. Life wouldn't be the same around here without any of 'em.
BTW, a pet owner can expect to pay anywhere from four to sixty thousand dollars over the lifespan of a pet. I personally don't know anyone whose pet has cost them 60 grand but one of our cats (Winston, who crossed the rainbow bridge last year) cost us 1,200 bucks when he suffered a fractured leg when he was a kitten. I wouldn't hesitate a nano second to pay whatever I had to pay for one or all of my three cats.
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