There's no doubt that dogs and cats are like children to pet owners. Still, when our four-legged friends become ill, it affects our pockets as well as our psyches.
According to an Associated Press poll
, only 62 percent of people with dogs and cats would seek veterinary care if the bill was $500. If their medical costs were to reach $1,000, the figure drops to below 50 percent.
Of course, not being able to pay for our babies' health has some lasting consequences.
"Euthanasia is always sad but when finances have to be considered, when you feel there is a possibility you didn't or couldn't do the right thing, you feel guilty," veterinarian Jane Shaw told the news outlet. "We are at a point where we are talking about basic life needs or survival needs."
Those who have no choice but to put their pets to sleep can still enjoy some lasting moments with their furry friend. The news outlet advises taking a familiar trip or treating them to a savory snack in order to create a happy, memorable experience.
People can also arrange to have their dog or cat euthanized in familiar settings. Those who are interested in this option can start looking at their State Veterinary Medical Association to find a local vet willing to make the trip to their home.