When I was in high school, in the early 1970’s, it was often my job to take our Miniature Schnauzer to the veterinarian for a visit. The doctor entered, gave the vaccines and left. Nothing else. People did not expect much else back than. Many times nothing could be done to save an animal. Fast forward to today. People often demand and expect the same medical care that they receive. In fact, most pets in this country receive better medical care than most people in the world!
All of this medical care is very expensive. Digital radiography is all over the place in most practices in the U.S. Going from a standard “old school” xray to digital is like going from an old black and white TV set to a 70 inch HD flat panel! The difference is THAT noticeable! Add new life saving pharmaceuticals, laser surgery, ultrasounds plus staff and veterinarian training and it is easy to see why things cost more today. Than again, compared to human medicine, veterinary medical care is still a bargain.