HEALTHY LIVING

Some Have No Financial Limits When Caring For A Pet's Health

11/08/2011 01:51 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

Many people would go to any financial lengths to care for the health of beloved family members. And for some, pets are included, too.

The Early Show reports on the findings of a recent survey that shows 70 percent of people who own pets are willing to pay anything for their pet's health.

In addition, a recent American Pet Products Association survey shows that we've spent $50 billion on pets this year alone, and that spending on pets has gone up over the last 10 years, Colorado's 9 News reported.

9 News reported on some other surprising (or maybe not that surprising, given our love for Fido!) stats when it comes to paying for a pet's health:

According to a recent survey by Kroger Co., 61 percent of pet owners say they'd spend between $100 and $1,000 for life saving medical treatment. Another 15 percent would be willing to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 for treatment. Ten percent of owners said they would be willing to pay $3,000 or more for medical care if their pet required it. Fourteen percent of those surveyed were unsure how much they would be willing to pay.

Dogs typically cost their owners about $8,000 over their lifetimes, while cats cost their owners about $10,000, MSN reported -- the additional expenses from cat-ownership likely have to do with their longer lifespans.

Earlier this month, Veterinary Practice News told the story of Christine Gowen, who shelled out $10,000 in medical bills for her pet labrador retriever.

And while some humans will do anything to help pets' health, let's not forget that pets can help humans' health, too. Check out HuffPost blogger Joan Liebmann-Smith's compilation of the health benefits of having a pet.

6 Health Benefits Of Owning A Pet
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