Why do Vets Charge Fees?
Why is it vets will continue to charge people for
their pets when sometimes it is impossible to pay
for something expensive the animal needs such as a
dental cleaning? Also why charge when someone
brings in an animal that isn't theirs but was found
badly beaten or starved?
It is definitely a sad situation when a pet needs medical care that is not affordable for the person caring for the animal. In an ideal world, all animals would receive the medical care they need and expense would not come into play.
Sadly, we don't live in an ideal world. In fact, there are millions of people in the United States who aren't able to afford the medical care that they need. Pets are not the only individuals who sometimes unwillingly go without medical care due to expense!
Several charitable organizations offer low-cost veterinary services to people with low incomes or disabilities. Many local SPCAs offer free services to stray animals brought to them by good samaritans. Sadly, these organizations have limited resources.
Meanwhile, most vets must charge fees for our work. We do this for the same reason that all productive members of society charge for their work: we need money to buy food and pay rent.
If you would like to see more low cost veterinary services made available, I recommend that you donate time or money to one of the many wonderful organizations that are working diligently to help the needy.