Why can’t Americans own a gerbil without going broke?
Consider this shocking statistic:
6 of the top 10 most expensive pets to care for are pocket pets, with 25% of pocket pet owners spending over $500 per year at the vet.
That’s according to Ask.Vet —a “virtual urgent care” service that lets you text licensed vets for answers and save thousands in unnecessary vet bills.
Here’s why they say pocket pets are so expensive:
EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT IS AS BIG AS POCKET PETS ARE SMALL
Children are the most common pocket pet owners, and they love fiercely (sometimes, that’s what leads to the initial problem). Plus, what parent actually wants to have the death and mortality talk with their kid?
ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAMS GO OUT THE WINDOW
Owners aren’t taking their tiny pets to get their yearly checkups. So when they do bring their pets to the vet, they’re usually suffering from a more urgent issue—one that needs more advanced and expensive care.
EXOTIC PETS MEAN EXOTIC FEES
Gerbils and other pocket pets are classified as exotic (yes, really), narrowing their vet pool to specialized exotic vets who charge higher fees.
Ask.Vet is helping pet owners save thousands of dollars in unnecessary vet expenses by determining if their concerns actually merit a vet visit (80% don’t). When benign conditions can appear fatal (and vice versa), they’re a crucial intermediary.