The Price of Animal Love: Sometimes Expensive Sometimes Expensive Expensive – Get Out


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Since the Corona crisis, the number of pets in the Netherlands has risen sharply. There are now over three million cats and nearly two million dogs. And almost all of these animals have to go to the vet at some point…and sometimes that costs a lot of money. Sometimes veterinary costs are so high that the question is whether the pet is still affordable for all owners?

Merrill’s cat from North Holland fell seriously ill a few months ago, so I rushed to the vet with him. Once there, the animal was found to have bladder stones. The cost of the examination and medication amounted to 147.30 euros. Merel is under management due to debt issues and had to seek permission from the administrator to pay the veterinary costs.

Unfortunately, Maui fell ill again a month later and the official refused to pay again. Merrill: “To our great grief, we then had to deliver the cat to the shelter. But the surrender was not free either. I lost my cat as well as €177.50 in costs of cutting and castration.”

34% find it difficult to pay a vet fee

Last week’s CASA survey on veterinary costs showed that 34 percent of more than 2,300 respondents find it difficult to keep paying for their animals’ medical costs. Many people have incurred unexpected large costs, which have risen to more than 2,000 euros. In order to be able to give their animals the required treatment, 22 percent of respondents had to obtain a loan for this purpose.

Dog with torn knee ligaments

One dog owner who completed the questionnaire wrote that his dog’s nails were stuck in a rug. “A small accident has serious consequences.” The dog tears his knee ligament and needs expensive surgery to get him to run again. Unfortunately, its owner does not have 1500 euros in the bank. The dog now limps to life and is carried in a basket on the back of the bike. The owner gives him painkillers.

only three legs

Often a cat or dog with only three legs indicates that the owner does not have health insurance for the animal. Instead of a costly operation with a pin, the leg is then amputated. This also happened to the cat of one of the owners who responded to our survey. Fortunately, there was an acquaintance who was willing to pay for the amputation. Otherwise, the owner had to put the cat to sleep.

Putting an animal to sleep because of the costs

This is not exceptional, by the way. The survey showed that at least 7 percent of those surveyed have to put their animals to sleep because the costs of the operation are unaffordable.

And for nearly 5 percent of respondents, the costs of euthanasia (often a few hundred euros) were prohibitive. Sleeping was delayed because the owner was not able to pay the costs.

String-controlled practices

According to many respondents, veterinary costs have increased since their trusted practices were taken over, for example, AniCura or Evidensia. Many retired vets sell their practices to such a chain.

Evidensia is part of the Swedish investment fund EQT, which currently owns nearly two thousand clinics in more than 10 different European countries. AniCura is also a chain of several clinics in the Netherlands. These AniCura clinics were sold to Mars Petcare, a part of Mars. In addition to veterinary clinics, the chains also take care of second-line, specialized animal hospitals. In those hospitals, people can go 24/7 in case of an emergency.

Party for pets upset by chains

According to MP Frank Wasenberg of the Animals Party, AniCura and Evidensia have nearly all of their emergency services in their hands. He doesn’t think this is a good development. “After 8 p.m. you can’t go anywhere else. Emergency rates are often two to three times higher than the costs of a regular consultation. If you have a dog with a twisted stomach, the question is whether they will continue to have it the next day. .Then don’t wait until Monday morning the vet opens again.”

Rotterdam Clinic keeps prices low

Victor Meijer, owner of Dr. Woof’s veterinary clinics in Rotterdam, consciously chooses to keep his prices as low as possible. He wants health care to remain accessible to everyone. Even dog owners from The Hague come to him for consultations.

Reply AniCura

AniCura says in response to Kassa:

“We understand the situation where there is not enough money to treat a beloved pet. We are so sorry. Our vets are passionate about animals and will always look for the best possible solution in such a case.

We advocate for high-quality veterinary medicine and want to provide care at a fair price to all of our clients.”

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