Improving Education And Affordability Of Preventative Animal Healthcare

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Improving Education and Affordability of Preventative Animal Healthcare

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated (Gandhi).” Animals have become an important part of life for many people. In 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 56% of households owned pets (“Vital Statistics”). With the increasing numbers of pets, there comes a heightened need to make preventative veterinary medicine more affordable and its benefits more widely known. Many pet owners are not aware of many diseases or health risks that their animals face. Veterinarians are beginning to suggest preventative health care plans to clients to help ensure that their pet lives a high quality of life. Though most clients value their pet’s health, they fear that they will not be able to afford preventative veterinary medicine as prices continue to increase. Education regarding preventative animal health care needs to be improved in the United States. An increase in education will help pet owners understand the importance of preventative care and the benefits that can result. Though preventative veterinary medicine is expensive, it can save money in the end by preventing expensive, deadly diseases. There are several ways to improve education about preventative veterinary medicine as well as ways to make animal healthcare more affordable. Veterinarians should work together to educate animal owners about preventative medicine…
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