Save money and don't over-vaccinate your pooch
Man's best friend is a great companion, but let's face it, they're also a costly member of the family.
While it's important to ensure your dog is in good health, save money by vaccinating your dog once every three years rather than once a year, which many vets continue to push, according to a recent CBC Marketplace investigation. These vaccinations apply to what are known as core canine vaccinations, which are essential to your pooch.
This vaccination timeline follows guidelines released by the American Animal Hospital Association, which is used by veterinarians in North America. It turns out that protection from core vaccinations will last for seven to nine years, according to the CBC.
But the president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association told CBC that vaccination timing should be decided on a case-by-case basis and that vaccination research is controversial.
Meanwhile, the annual cost of a 40-pound adult dog is estimated to be about $2,018, while the annual cost of a ten-pound adult cat is estimated to be about $1,483, according to the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. This doesn't account for taxes, your pet's first year, which will be more expensive, along with the numerous splurges available to your furry friend - whether it's alternative pet care, custom clothes or luxurious pet resorts.
And despite tighter budgets after the recession, the economy doesn't affect the amount pet owners will spend on their pets, according to a CouponCabin.com survey.
Americans spent more than $50 billion on their furry, family members in 2011 with food and vet costs accounting for 65 per cent of that amount, according to the American Pet Products Association. It's the most that Americans have spent on their pets and the dog population is on the rise around the world.
Posted by: Cristian | Oct 11, 2021 12:17:33 AM
Vets in Canada are a bunch of sharks with the dollar sign in their eyes. Most of them are in business to make lots of money. Do not care much about animals. I tested their "commitment" and I have seen for myself and, unfortunately my pets have seen this too.
Do not go to Stonewall Hospital close to Winnipeg or South Glenn in Saint Vital. The receptionists are a total fake, their rates are outrageous and they will dump your animal who will end up dying. I had a dog who died of cancer and the vet (who is a moron) vaccinated the dog a month before the death. He said he was a healthy dog. Gave him Glucosamine for not walking properly even though he refused to eat and I told him the dog was really sick. Sent me for an Ultrasound to the Indian vet at South Glenn, who was not going to discuss the fees (Mars fees, not Earth fees) with us. Did not forget to be rude and to take the money though for doing nothing. Just the diagnosis was 720 dollars. They did nothing for our dog, but to tell us that he was going to die. We wish them the same, because they truly deserve it. Yes, do not over vaccinate your dogs or cats. The author is right. This can cause cancer or many other health problems. Read the studies done by some University professors and do not fill the pockets of the greedy vets.