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If you feel you’re being held hostage by the high cost of pet medication, veterinary bills, or even your own health costs, this information is for you.


December 2014 | TheDogPress.com

Nel Liquorman, Investigative Reporter


Greedy pet-med companies and veterinarians are just part of the equation. This issue turned out to be surprisingly complex. Since I take no prescription drugs, no over-the-counter drugs (not even aspirin), nor supplements, and I avoid vaccines, perhaps I can offer an unbiased insight into the rising cost of veterinary care, pet medications and also human prescriptions since they are closely aligned or often even the same chemical mixture.


So that you will know where I stand:  I believe that good health starts in the grocery aisle!  Nutrients from whole natural food could be the answer to stopping the rising cost of drugs.  Food should be local if possible, but certainly “Product of USA” except perhaps tropical fruits and vegetables not grown in the states.  Food should be minimally processed with no additives and in the case of meat, poultry, or fish, these foods should not be tumbled in solutions such as green tea extract and rosemary extract, which is now widely used to kill microbes and extend the sell-by dates. {1}  Pets and people on medications may be affected by the absorption of these extracts during the tumbling-preserving-cleaning process.  I believe that you must keep toxins, additives, and questionable substances out of your body, out of your environment, and out of your dogs and cats!


Part of the problem of veterinary care and medication costs is that pet owners no longer treat dogs and cats in the same manner that pets were treated a few decades ago. Since veterinarians feel forced to be able to provide the same medical advances that are provided to the human population, such as ultrasound, laser, and radiation therapy, this means that they must buy expensive equipment. Well, the only way to pay for that is to use it and charge a fee.


It is true that we have elevated the status of dogs and cats from companion animals to members of the family, feeling that they must have everything from human grade pet food ingredients to doggie pajamas.   While showing how much we love our pets, we turned ourselves into easy targets, cash cows for the makers and sellers of the many things that we now demand for our four legged friends.  When you hear someone complain about a huge veterinary bill and then follow that withI would have paid twice that much because I love my pet”, it is reasonable to believe that we may be indirectly responsible for economic hijacking.  As long as we are willing to pay the price of medication and veterinary care, it will continue to go up until it is out of reach for ordinary people who also love their pets.


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Sure there are some greedy elements in the pet medication and veterinary businesses, but let’s face the fact that many of us think that only the best is half good enough for our beloved cats and dogs. And, yes, I own this attitude when it comes to my own pets!


Even so, it helps that I believe good health starts in the food dish! I decided long ago that getting back to basics with healthy living habits was the way to go. I feed my former feral cats a raw diet but I insist on top of the line ingredients which are not cheap. In addition, I spend a lot of time grinding raw meat! Their food takes up as much freezer space as my own supply but the work that I am investing in my 2 cats has proven to keep them healthy. I may not be able to stay ahead of rising pet care costs but I can keep my head above water, economically speaking, by needing only routine checkups. So far, veterinarians have found my cats to be in good health. My pets are not exposed to medications or pet chemicals. I keep them healthy naturally because I believe that one medicine just leads to the need for another. I take care to eliminate all the bad things from our diets and our environment.


While the economy is blamed for the increase in abandoned pets, the rising cost of caring for pets is equally responsible. Even though only a small percent of pet owners buy pet insurance, you can’t exclude insurance as a possible contributor to the rising cost of owning a dog or cat. Obama health care has not driven down the price of drugs and pet insurance is not likely to drive down the price of veterinarian prescribed medication. Even the ever-rising costs of a veterinarian’s education, cost of clinical space and payroll for an office/support staff play a part in the higher costs to a pet owner.


According to several veterinarian websites, there is a rise in the number of pet owners that choose euthanasia over expensive medical treatment. With pet owners relying less on veterinarian services, their incomes shrink, resulting in a need to raise fees for services, an admission that came from the horse’s mouth. In addition, waiting until the eleventh hour to seek medical attention may result in a need for more costly urgent care and more expensive drugs.


Pharmaceutical companies exist to make as much money as possible for their investors and scientific breakthroughs aren’t cheap! New and improved drugs, technical advances in patient care, the ever-rising cost of research/development; they all take away from industries’ bottom line. Now guess who these costs are passed on to!


Sure, the pharmacy industries could make less profit, but why would they?


I happened to go to a veterinarian a few years ago while a training session was being conducted by a pet flea product representative, so I have special distaste for that subject. Months before that, a tech had confessed to me that working for a vet had become all about marketing those products.


In addition, consider how pets now seem to be diagnosed with the same diseases and problems found in the human population, such as cancer and liver failure.  Since these conditions are not passed from person to person, or person to pet, it is likely that the food, environment, or perhaps even pet medications or flea chemicals could bring about these conditions.  Think about it - the same industry that could be causing the health problem will benefit from the cost of treatment.


NEL ON RECALLED, RECYCLED, COUNTERFEIT DOG FOODBut, after all is said and done, I think that we can conclude that most veterinarians become vets for the love of animals. While veterinary medication manufacturers appear to be very greedy and have no compunction when it comes to charging you more money, we must realize that other rising costs of pet care are often the motivating factors. In fact, with more people becoming veterinarians and fewer people with the ability to pay the rising costs for pet care, we must wonder how they can continue raising rates and still stay in business.


Reference and Related Article and Information:

{1}  Rosemary Neurotoxin In Dog Food          Veterinary Pet Insurance by Lisa Ethridge, DVM

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