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Putting a Price on a Pet’s Life

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You’re dog has the canine Parvovirus, one of the deadliest viruses a canine can catch. Without plenty of fluids and an IV your dog’s survival rate is in the low 10% range, even less if your dog is still a pup, or elderly.




What do you do?

Take your dog to the vet of course. But be prepared to spend an estimated average of $3,000 or more (VCA Veterinary Estimated Cost) and in the case of home care treatment you run the risk of death even more. With a 91% mortality rate, Parvo treatment at home will run you an estimated $350 to $1,500.

Priceless or a Gold Mine?

To the average pet owner, your pet’s life is priceless. You would do anything for your pets, treating them as if they were your own children, part of the family. In some cases a pet’s life may outweigh your own.

Sadly, to the typical vet, your pet is a gold mine. If you don’t have the mortgage payment in hand when you arrive at the vet’s, then they won’t see you. The sad truth is that a vet’s office is a place of business. Most vets will not work with payment plans, or loans, while the ones that do make it extremely hard on the owners.

Don’t misinterpret.

Please don’t get me wrong. Some vets are great, but in my experience it seems that some vets, like some doctors, would rather take your money, than take your pet. Some people get into the veterinary field to help animals. Some people actually care. But others, as in the big corporate world, are in it only for the money.

The Remedy?

There is no real cure for Parvo, or many other illnesses that afflict our pets. One can just hope for the best, and administer what medication or treatment is recommended and readily available.

If you ask our vet, Dr. Greed, he will simply tell you that “If you can’t afford the vet bill, then you shouldn’t have a pet.

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.

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  • Jessica

    Wonderfully written, and such a true piece of work. Know we know wherer the phraze “a dogs life.” comes from