For those defending the high costs based on their costs, I'm sorry, I still can't agree. Sometimes it feels like blackmail.
And I can see charging certain rates for needed and expensive procedures that require special equipment, etc.
Perhaps animal medications are more expensive than those for humans. Then something needs to be done to regulate those manufacturers. But how often can a MUCH cheapter generic drug produced for human use be prescribed and filled by the customer at a local pharmacy. More times than I'm sure actually happen.
Especially for those on lower incomes, it would be nice to be able to bring a pet into a vet (assuming there is nothing else wrong) to ask simply for routine shots, and nothing else. That would allow more people to own pets. However it makes it difficult if one has an "office visit" tacked on for $40, $60, or more just to ask for the shots, when the office visit isn't needed at the time.
For those of you who have family physicians who you've known for a while, and have a good history with, how many times have you been able to call the office and simply ask the doc to prescribe something for a cold, or the like, that you've taken before and you know what you need. Most times if it's something simple, they will. Try that with a vet, even if you know what you need. Not much in the way of working with or cooperation there.
Regarding that credit plan, what about those who aren't able to get it? What do they do? It means giving up or not having pets, and that means more homeless animals suffering on the streets.
How about sliding scales? Or clinics, even part time ones, for those who need them, based on income also?
If those kinds of things were fought for by rescue groups, etc., perhaps there would be a big dent in the overflowing homeless animal population.