I would love a doctor to say that to a mother, when she brings her child in from a car crash, or with a cancer diagnosis. People tend to hold this double standard.
Why should my dog's life be worth less that my own? Why should I be able to have free healthcare, when I am the healthiest person alive, while my pet cockatiel suffers from the bird flu?
We talk of equality, but we can't see the monolith we have placed ourselves on. We are supposed to be at the top of our planet's life form chain. But I've never seen a dog kill just to kill. A cat doesn't neglect her children for the next fix of coke.
I'm not trying to start a revolution. I'm one person with an open mind, a hurt heart, experience with animal illness, and a message. We can't put a price on our pets' lives, so why can the vets?
Save a pet!
While politicians argue over whether everyone deserves health care, or who deserves to live, there are innocent animals, with deadly illnesses, that could be saved or at least given some peace in their last moments if somebody would step up and create a health insurance system for pets. Why should we let an innocent animal suffer?
Unfortunately, existing pet insurance policies tend to have major holes in them. Most won't cover an animal after the first five to seven years of life. Surgery can go unpaid for, and major illnesses such as Parvo have no place in these policies – Parvo, for example, is often thought of as too expensive to treat, so why bother? So you invest hundreds, maybe even thousands in insurance premiumsover the life of any given pet, to find out that when you finally do truly need your pet insurance you're no longer covered, or your particular need isn't covered by your policy.
So stop the suffering. We need to get vets to lower their costs, and to help normalise an insurance system for pets.