What to Do Before Fido's Vet Bill Hits $16,000
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Roxanne Hawn, "mother" of two kids of the four-legged variety, knew her dog Lilly's 2012 vet bills were going to be extraordinary when she added them up last month, but she wasn't prepared for the $16,626 total.
"I've never had to make a treatment decision for one of our dogs based on finances," says Hawn. "It appears to us now that there are limits and it's tough."
Lilly, the subject of the award-winning
"Our financial planner is not happy," says Hawn, who lives in a Golden, Colo.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary costs have increased an average of 79% from 2000 to 2010. Rising operating costs are to blame, but so is the quality of care that is now available, says Keith Niesenbaum, a veterinarian and owner of
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