Pet Owners Willing to Pay the Price for High-Tech Vet Care

The unconditional love for man’s best friend has more and more Americans spending their money on advanced technology veterinary care.  Pet owners have more options than ever when it comes to helping their pets fight serious illnesses and injuries, if they’re able and willing to foot the bill.

Advanced medical care at a specialty veterinary hospital closely mirrors that of a human hospital, housing specialty doctors and high tech equipment like 3D imaging scanners and underwater therapy treadmills. Pets are undergoing chemotherapy, heart surgery, advanced physical therapy, as well as a host of other state-of-the-art medical treatments to buy more time with their devoted owners.

According to the ASPCA, Americans spent more than $12 billion last year on veterinary care for their pets at retailers like This money oftentimes goes to high-tech treatments that range in the thousands of dollars. This price tag may seem extreme to some, but increasingly, many more pet owners are willing to cut back elsewhere in their budget in return for a few more years of tail wagging companionship.

Road Trip Tips For Your Pet

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy!  Are you planning a road trip with your pet?  As much fun as it can be to bring Fido along, sometimes it can be difficult.  Here are a couple pet-friendly road trip tips to help you and your pet’s vacation be a little more enjoyable.

Get your pet used to the car first.  For many pets, the only time they ride in a car is when they are going to the vet and it may not be the happiest association.  Try taking your dog for a ride to the park or to a different place for a walk.  Be sure to restrain your pet so they are not a distraction while you are driving and they don’t get hurt in case of a sudden stop.   Securing your pet in a crate or harness is the best way to prevent distractions and keep them safe.  Be sure to familiarize your pet with his crate before your first trip.

Pets can get car sick just like people.  To minimize the risk of car sickness, refrain from feeding your pet for a few hours prior to your trip.  If your pet gets anxious or motion sick there are several over-the- counter medications available at vetdepot, such as Anxiety Drops that may be helpful.  Cerenia is also an effective prescription medication that your veterinarian may recommend.  The more familiar and comfortable your pet is with the car the more fun everyone will have!

Free Vet Clinics for Those in Need

Veterinarians across the nation have started hosting free clinics to those who are in need financially.  “As veterinarians it is our job to protect the public from zoonotic diseases and prevent needless suffering where possible” said David Dawson, DVM, owner and medical director of San Roque Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.  Veterinarians and their staff members volunteer to provide basic care and distribute pet food.  These clinics are intended for people who could not provide health care to their pets otherwise, due to financial instability.

Some veterinarians and business managers like Terry Stoothoff of South Ocala Animal Hospital in Ocala, FL have started having pet owners register.  They must provide a proof of need in order to avoid abuse of this free service; volunteers want to make sure they can reach their intended audience.  Suzanna Brown, DVM, of Best Friends Animal Hospital in Mays Landing, NJ, recently held her fourth free clinic in two years and has attracted more than 200 people in a day.  Due to high volume she has had to turn people away because of a lack of supplies and time.  There is a huge need for these clinics.  “Some people are just scraping by and their pet might be the only thing that keeps them going” said Suzanna Brown, DVM.

Don’t Give A Dog A Bone!

For centuries it’s been common to treat your dog to a left over bone from dinner.  According to the Food and Drug Administration this can be very harmful to your pet and your wallet. “Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. In April of this year the FDA came out with the top 10 reasons not to give your dog a bone.

Some reasons to avoid bones are as follows; broken teeth, mouth injuries, choking, intestinal blockage, rectal bleeding and infections such as Peritonitis, which is a difficult to treat bacterial infection in the abdomen.  Should any of these symptoms occur you will need to make a visit to your veterinarian which can be costly.  With this in mind, it’s a good idea to dispose of bones directly after a meal and to further take the trash outside to keep your dog from getting into it.

Your four legged friend still deserves a treat though.  There are many treat options available, click here to check out VetDepots selection. Possible treats for your dog are giving them Kong Toys instead of a bone.  In addition to Kong Toys, healthy chew products like C.E.T. Chews can often keep them happy and entertained as long as a big bone would and are safer too!