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Old 08-17-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Having racked up some high vet bills lately, what with office visits, medications, vaccinations and special foods (and having turned down more testing and x-rays), I'm beginning to think that pet ownership is quickly approaching a luxury rather than a common, everyday kind of lifestyle.

This makes me sad.

What do you think? Where's pet ownership heading--will it be only for the well-to-do pretty soon?
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Everyone has choices to make. I prefer to have pets and give them a good home. My responsibility is to make sure that they have the best care that I can provide, just like kids. That might mean that I do without something else. Since it has been shown that people with pets have lower blood pressure and usually live longer, I would go with pets instead of something else. Therefore, it would seem that pet ownership should be for all income levels as it could cut down on your medical bills.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I don't think that the term "luxury item" is how I would best describe pet ownership; I think "privilege" or "responsibility" are more appropriate terms.
Owning dogs and cats of certain breeds and weights are definitely going to become privileges for a select few (if they are not already) as many apartments, counties and even countries will not allow certain breeds of dogs or dogs that are heavier than a given weight limit, which means that home ownership or rediency in specific areas are a requirement for owning those animals. It also costs more to register unaltered animals. Moreover, horse ownership is (and has always been) a privilege, as it is very costly to keep and maintain a horse.
However, I equate pet ownership with many other privileges and responsiblities, especially having children (although even I will contend that it is easier to have children than it is to own, say, a pitbull, which is strange) or owning a home/car. It certainly is easier to be financially stable in all of those scenarios but it has not become a requirement.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Ditto Starla Jane.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Having racked up some high vet bills lately, what with office visits, medications, vaccinations and special foods (and having turned down more testing and x-rays), I'm beginning to think that pet ownership is quickly approaching a luxury rather than a common, everyday kind of lifestyle.

This makes me sad.

What do you think? Where's pet ownership heading--will it be only for the well-to-do pretty soon?
Have you looked into pet insurance?
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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I feel your pain with the veterinary prices.They are out of control.Some vets by me charge $80.00 just for an exam.Its insane.I get vaccines done at my job(shelter) and only take my guys in if something goes wrong.Its just too expensive.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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No, I won't get pet insurance, I'm plain tired of supporting the insurance industry...besides, my dog is almost 12, I imagine the premiums would be kind of high, just as mine go up with every birthday...
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Hint, if you have a business, use your pet in your ads. It makes 100% write off of all expenceses.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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No, I won't get pet insurance, I'm plain tired of supporting the insurance industry...besides, my dog is almost 12, I imagine the premiums would be kind of high, just as mine go up with every birthday...

We took out pet insurance on our cat when he was younger, its allowing us to treat him now that he's old with multiple issues. It doesn't pay the whole bill, like any insurance, it has its limitations, but without it our only choice would be to have him PTS.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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It may be you love and enjoy them through their youth and adulthood but as their health declines and you can not find the money for all the veterinary interventions necessary to maintain their quality of life you have them euthanized. It frustrates me when I get the vetrinarians estimate with a list of options including what would be wise and prudent to do along with a ton of other services and lab work that just isn't necessary. I sympathize a little with the vet as they have people who run the gamut in terms of attitudes towards animals and financial resources.
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