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Clinics claim many can't afford bills
Some pet owners are unprepared for
the cost of taking their animal to a vet.
THE number of pet owners in the capital
that are unable to afford veterinary
treatment for their animals is increasing,
The assistant manager at a veterinary
hospital in Queanbeyan, who wished to
remain anonymous, said there was at least
one owner turning up every fortnight who
could not pay for their pet's medical care.
"It does happen quite a lot unfortunate-
ly because as times are getting tighter,
people are quite money conscious," the
assistant manager said.
"Vets are money conscious as well.
"It is a tricky situation because
hospitals are getting caught out with these
massive bills that aren't getting paid."
A manager at a Canberra veterinary
clinic, who also wished to remain
anonymous, said the clinic was often
slugged with unpaid bills.
"These people promise to pay," the
"In every 50 cases, we probably get
one or two that don't [pay].
"If you take on an animal, you take it
on for life."
Both managers said some form of
treatment would still be provided to the
animal if the owner did not have the
The claims did not surprise RSPCA
ACT chief executive Michael Linke.
He said the economic climate was
much tougher and people were finding it
more difficult to make ends meet.
"We're getting more and more requests
for people wanting support," Mr Linke
"The cost of vet care has significantly
increased in the last two to three years
and in some regards it's getting out of
reach of people."
He said often owners bought pets
without realising the extra costs involved,
such as yearly vaccinations, or con-
sidered that the animal might require
treatment if it became sick in the future.
"There are certain costs and they need
to be able to look after this animal for the
term of its natural life," Mr Linke said.
He said to ensure owners did not get
caught out with a huge bill, they should
consider pet insurance.
"It's very affordable and can be less
than $20 a month," Mr Linke said.
"It's something we want people to take
"It saves you against those accidents
that happen, or when an animal gets a
disease, or an injury."
He also believes more veterinary
clinics should provide payment options
and plans, so owners are able to pay their
bills off over time.
"I don't think the [vet] prices will come
down," Mr Linke said.
"If people are unhappy with the price
they're charged, contact the [Australian
Veterinary Association] board and com-
plain about the price they're charged."
The Australian Veterinary Association
ACT branch was contacted for comment,
but none was received at the time of
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