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Just a few years ago, a dog diagnosed with terminal cancer might have been given a couple of his favourite treats and then quietly wheeled into the vet for euthanization.In the case of two petowners interviewed by the New York Times’ William Grimes, medicine came to the rescue: $25,000 for a groundbreaking bone marrow transplant and $10,000 for radiation treatments on an inoperable brain tumour.
The bone marrow treatment worked, but the patient – a 10-year-old chow – died less than a year later. From liver cancer.
“The most rapid advances in veterinary medicine have taken place in the treatment of cancer, propelled by the latest diagnostic technology like CT scanners and M.R.I. machines. With precise imaging, veterinarians can deliver more concentrated doses of radiation to tumors whose location and dimensions were mostly guesswork just a few years ago,” Grimes writes.
They can also encourage Americans to prioritise their pet’s life over things that might be worthier of their emergency fund. In the last few years alone we’ve already more than quintupled the amount we spend on pet care from $10 billion to $50.8 billion.
And yet, just a fraction of pet owners pay for pet insurance, which could soften the blow to their budget. Policies are widely available and PetInsuranceComparison.org is a great place to start. Compare prices to be sure you’re getting the best rate and read reviews from other customers.
Also, think about researching clinics that might offer free treatments a couple times per year and some states even offer financial aid for breed-specific pets.