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 November 22nd – 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.

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 in order to be able to bear the costs in the event of treatment. There is also the option of taking out animal health insurance.

Because it is getting warmer and warmer in Germany due to climate change, more and more tick species are migrating north. This increases the risk of animal-borne diseases not only for humans but also for their dogs. How to deal with the changed situation and how best to protect your dog from ticks is explained by veterinarian Pascale Huber in our free webinar on Monday, September 26th, from 7 p.m. GET YOUR FREE TICKET HERE!

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 advice center also advises owners to think carefully before taking out animal health insurance.