By Catherine Powell
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If you’re like me, you have a four-legged family member or two in your household. These furry felines and canines not only pull on your heartstrings, but they also pull on your purse strings since they rely on you for their care and feeding. While you can buy pet food in bulk and learn how to trim their coats and nails to cut grooming costs, one thing it’s tough to cut corners on is veterinary care. During the past few years, the cost of going to the vet has skyrocketed. Where in decades past, pets were relatively cheap to keep healthy, since 2001, the cost of veterinary care has far outpaced the rate of inflation. Of course, so too have the number of new diagnostic tools, surgical procedures, and pharmaceuticals available for our furry friends. Twenty years ago, pet care was pretty basic. Back then there were no such things as joint replacement surgery, laser treatments, MRIs, or Cat scans for pets. Nowadays they’re common. So too are 4 or even 5-figure vet bills. If you’re looking to keep your pets healthy without making your bank account look sick, you may wish to consider pet insurance.