Monday, October 30, 2006

Sunday Times (29-10-06)

Sunday Times (29-10-06)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This article goes to show how much animals have come to mean to some people.They have really become part of their family, rather than 'just' a cat or a dog. However, I think the point about spending within your means is really important too - not everyone can afford $20000 and you should not bankrupt yourself doing it.


Blogger vegancat said...

I hope the cost of healthcare for animals can come down.
I wonder why the cost a drug that is also used for humam being but when prescribed to a dog or cat, the cost is many many times more when the dosage is much less than that used for human.
The other "murderous" cost are laboratory tests. Why are the same tests on an animal so much higher than for a human?

30/10/06 11:34 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's a good point - some generic drugs when used on people are a fraction of what the animal equivalent costs. It pays to speak with your vet and do some reading up to look at the alternatives.

30/10/06 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the $20,000 question - I think it was misleading because the cat owner said they started off with what they thought was a $5K surgery. As we all know, each follow up also costs a bundle, what with X-rays and all that, easiy comes to $100+ at least. I'm sure even the lady who said "pets are pets" will start forking out $ if her dog should have a serious illness (but not bad enough to PTS) and over time, before she knows it, the CUMULATIVE costs will run into $K's. So the question "$20K or not" is not really a fair question.

30/10/06 1:08 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

Does anyone know of any cat or pet insurance schemes? However, if faced with this cost and no other alternatives, the bank will have me as a valued loan-client!

30/10/06 1:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous a good point. Plus if you pay a few hundred dollars already - as with ANY illness, it can add up. Many people have gone into hospital and found that the costs really added up too.

Orange - I believe NTUC Income has a Pet Insurance scheme.

30/10/06 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NTUC Income has an insurance, only problem they are very strict as they dont cover cats that are staying in HDB. Tried and got rejected. Reason? Govt regulation states that cats are not allowed in HDB.

30/10/06 2:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

So cats aren't covered?

30/10/06 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Few insights-
It's her money
It's her business
It's her love
It's her perogative
I have nothing but respect for the way she shows her love for her cat.
Pple pay $1800 for a hair cut by Kim Robinson!!!

30/10/06 3:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

thanks for putting that in perspective for us Anonymous :)

30/10/06 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it's just an estimated figure. will someone really pay $20K for a cat? who knows?

people who keep pets are willing to spend, therefore the vets are taking the opportunities. strike when the iron is hot.

when there is demand, there is also supply. and when demand exceeds supply, the vets will benefit. so, why grumble?

check with ntuc income for pet insurance.

it's her pet, she loves it. she can afford, she is willing to spend, she dotes on it. she is willing to do anything for her pet. So, why not? Just let her be.
it's her own business.

30/10/06 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she is making every effort to save her pet, which is her loved one.
we must respect her. i think she is great. she cares and therefore she pays.

she is super...

30/10/06 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dawn they do cover cats but only if cats are registered and are staying in Private property or Condo. HDB no go

30/10/06 4:12 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

ha just further justify i shud work harder and move to a private apt for my kitty-sonny. I'l definitely splurge on my cat, coz he's no different with human baby to me.

30/10/06 6:02 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - which means the majority of Singaporeans cannot get pet insurance for their cats. Sigh. Another casualty of the HDB rule.

30/10/06 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely cannot afford to spend dat much on my cats. If my babies do get very ill, i rather put them down to minimise their sufferings and adopt another stray frm CWS.

Dats my POV...(Fuzzy Curly)

30/10/06 9:37 PM  
Blogger dolcedonna said...

my cat was down with blocked urine passage & FLUTD recently.. i showed my cousin his medicines.. she was surprised as she told me that it was the same medicine that was given to her when she has UTI... @_@

it woulds be great if we can use meedisave for big cost treatment on pets.. it's our money after all. :D

31/10/06 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Dolcedonna, a number of human medication can be used for animals as well.

31/10/06 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i understand that some human meds such as the humble paracetamol are poisonous to pets tho, so please check with vet before prescribing.

everythg to do with pets cost more, from medication to food to accessories like pet combs, brushes, food bowls and clawclippers. ridiculous? perhaps, but it is also a function of demand and supply. suppliers know they can charge exhorbitant prices n there will still be a demand from indulgent pet owners, so why not?

31/10/06 1:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

true Anonymous - do always check with your vet. Often vets will help to recommend alternatives to you as they too know the animal medications cost more.

31/10/06 5:00 PM  

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