Astronomical vet bills are forcing thousands of owners to have their pets put down, according to new research from Direct Line Pet Insurance.
Of the pet owners surveyed by the insurance company, over a fifth of dog owners said that they would be forced to have their dog put down if they could not afford the treatment.
A spokesperson for Direct Line Pet Insurance said: "With no NHS for animals, dog owners make great financial sacrifices to protect the health of their pets.
"As vets rarely display prices, many dog owners don't know the full cost of treatment until after it has been carried out, which can cause real problems, particularly for more than 85 per cent of pet owners who are not insured."
According to the survey British dog owners spend over £800 million on medical care for their animals every year, with the average cost of treatment reaching £154.
Fifteen per cent of people have raided their life savings in order to care for their sick dog and a six per cent have got into financial difficulty by borrowing money to pay for treatment.
Direct Line pet insurance starts at £5 a month for cats and £7 a month for dogs.
Owners applying online will receive a five per cent discount.To read more about Pet Insurance, click here.
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