Why our pets need us
As humans, we have a variety of ways to express ourselves. When we’re happy, we smile or laugh. When we’re in pain, we can tell someone where it hurts. It doesn’t necessarily take the pain away, but being able to express what we’re feeling can make dealing with physical hardships more manageable.
But for our furry friends, who have a limited range of physical expression, illness and pain can be silently devastating. Most pet owners can nonetheless sense when their pals are hurting, whether it’s because of a droopy tail or the fact that they didn’t finish their dinner.
So, naturally, when our pets get sick, we try to give them a voice by becoming their protectors and advocates.
But illness is always expensive, no matter what species you are, and as your pet’s human representative, you’re the one responsible for paying the bills at the end of the day.
The high price of health
To give you a general idea, in 2012 American pet owners spent $13.67 billion on vet care, according to a poll by the American Pet Products Association. Routine visits to the vet run dog owners about $231 each year and cat owners $193.
When pets required surgical care, those yearly vet bills increased to $621 for dog and $382 for cat owners.
Faced with these unexpected costs, many pet owners are forced to put their companions to sleep or take out loans to pay for their treatment. But there are ways to get your pet the treatment he needs without breaking the bank by asking for help with vet bills.
Where to get help
First, talk to your veterinarian about options for reducing your veterinary bill. Some veterinary offices can help by creating a payment plan to spread out your expenses.
Many pet owners have started GiveForward fundraisers to raise money for their pet’s medical expenses. The ability to personalize your fundraising page with photos, videos and text updates and share it over social media makes it the easiest way to quickly raise large amounts of money and help your pet get better.
The Humane Society has endorsed GiveForward as an effective site for raising money to help with vet bills, so you can feel sure of your money’s safety.
So keep up the fight for your fluffier counterparts, and let us help you get them the medical attention they need to be back to normal in no time.