Millions of Germans are afraid of the next electricity and gas bills. But other things are also becoming almost unaffordable: the cost of a cat examination at the vet is an incredible 163 percent. The new price applies from October 1st – so it’s best to take the house tiger for treatment beforehand!

The Federal Council recently approved the adjustment of the veterinary fee schedule (GOT). This means that animal lovers will have to dig much deeper into their pockets in the future.

A general examination in the simplest version is more expensive for cats from 8.98 to 23.62 euros, as reported by “MDR”. The increase is 163 percent.

For dogs, the current price increases from 13.47 to 23.62 euros, so dog owners will have to shell out a good 75 percent more in the future. This was added to the “Bild” newspaper.

The vaccination of dogs and cats will cost 11.50 euros in the future. So far, the vet has written an invoice for 5.77 euros. So the bill goes up by a good 99 percent.

But there are other fees as well. So fall on

The increase in X-rays is less. So far, this has cost 26.53 euros, in future it will be at least 32.07 euros (plus 20.9 percent). However, pet owners must be clear: Depending on the individual case, the costs can also be significantly higher. Veterinarians also charge 19 percent VAT.

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The German Animal Welfare Association fears that the higher fees will prompt some owners to give their pets to the animal shelter. Farming is also facing higher costs – with consequences for the prices consumers have to pay.

The Veterinarians’ Association justifies the massive increase in fees with the current shortage of skilled workers. Higher bills make the vet profession more attractive. The last comprehensive change in the veterinary fee schedule dates back to 1999. That was a good two decades ago.

Bitter for consumers that the fee adjustment comes at a time when all prices are jumping up.

The consumer advocates advise pet owners to put aside money regularly to be able to bear the costs in the event of treatment. There is also the option of taking out animal health insurance.

But they are not exactly cheap, and interested parties must also read the small print carefully. Because some providers refuse to cover the costs of treatments for particularly old dogs. If this is the case, consumers will find information on this in the insurance conditions.

The North Rhine-Westphalia consumer center also advises owners to think carefully before taking out animal health insurance.