Cost Of Health Care For Pets Soars

Co-host Deborah Amos has today's Last Word in business.

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DEBORAH AMOS, host:

As the cost of health care spirals higher for humans, so is the cost of pet health care. According to recent figures, the average cost of a pet checkup is now about $135. Throw in fancy surgical procedures like pacemaker surgeries and kidney transplants and the costs run much higher. So our last words in business today come from the American Veterinary Medical Association: get a cat. According to the association, cat-only households spend about $244 on veterinary expenses last year. Dog owners spent about $400. But if you're a dedicated dog lover, you can save some money; just buy a mutt. They're less prone to costly hereditary diseases than purebreds.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Deborah Amos.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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