UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:52am
During tough economic times pets can suffer right along with their owners.
Some vets have reported a small drop in customers coming in for their pets regular preventative care such as heart guard medications or teeth cleanings.
While overall vet visits have not dropped off, some vets say there is a noticeable effect on treatment choices.
Pet insurance is available to help cover large procedures but only a very small number of owners carry it.