Pets Not Getting Routine Vet Care in Hard Times

Paducah, KY – Veterinarians say they're seeing sicker pets that require more expensive care for illnesses that routine visits would have caught early. The Paducah Sun reported the uptick appears to be related to the recession and pet owners trying to reduce expenses.

Dr. LaNita Flanary says more of her clients aren't bringing their dogs and cats in for such routine treatments as vaccinations and preventive measures, such as heartworm medication.

Flanary says people think they're saving money, but sometimes find their pets get really sick, requiring much more expensive treatment. She says many of the ailments she's seeing in pets are preventable.