A very large percentage of the population owns either a cat or dog, and most of us consider our pets to be very valuable family members. In some cases, animals represent children for people who have lost them or cannot have kids. However, while the Canadian health system covers many of the costs for the country’s human population, veterinary expenses can be quite substantial depending on the overall health of your pet.
Many people consider the cost of visiting a veterinarian to be excessive. However, when you buy or adopt a pet, it is your responsibility to ensure for their ongoing health as well as such basics as neutering. Even pets that are in the prime of health during the first half of their lives, can develop debilitating conditions much like the way human seniors must battle the health problems that often come with aging.
Also like humans, you can help to lessen the chances of problems down the road by having an annual vet checkup. During these appointments, they will examine your animal and see if something unusual or unwarranted is occurring. If so, the vet will recommend a course of action that can help to prevent an unpleasant condition for the animal and a hefty bill for you.
However, no matter how diligent you are in maintaining your pet’s health, there is always the possibility that they can develop a severe and debilitating disease at some point. That can mean a large bill down the road, and you should prepare for the possibility of it happening by putting some money aside. Talk to your vet about his or her feelings regarding how much it might cost in the years to come to maintain your pet’s health. This should give you a good idea of how much you need to budget.