April 19, 2011 at 7:54 AM ET
Upon adopting a dog a few years ago, a rather churlish acquaintance of ours said, “Well, that’s great. But you should set an amount that you will pay in vet bills for that dog and never go above it. You can go broke keeping them alive.”
Aside from the considerable joy we take in no longer speaking to that person, the dog has proven to be a joy despite some vet bills. And according to a pet supply industry trade group, it seems more people than ever have no problem with paying when the puppy or kitten needs to go to the doc.
The American Pet Products Association reports pet owners are expected to spend $12.2 billion on vet care this year – and that’s up from $11 billion last year.
Some facts from the association:
How much do you spend on care for your pet? Have you ever had to pay a particularly large bill?