I put this here because I feel this is a serious issue. I understand that many studies have shown that sharing ones home with a pet has significant health benefits, particularly for older people. And yet, it seems to me that the (Very impressive) improvements in veterinary medicine that have taken place over the last 20 years or so (Anybody watched "Supervet"?) have, at the same time, effectively priced poorer people out of pet ownership. Pet insurance is now actually quite expensive (Reflecting the far more expensive treatments that are now available) And people without insurance now face the prospect of either facing severe financial hardship or suffering the guilts for not paying for treatment that might be available. They might even face criminal charges for failing to approve and finance treatments that vets might advise. This really wasn't a big issue in my childhood. Vetinary care was pretty much limited to vaccinations and the ocasional shot of antibiotics. Anything more serious (like a serious injury) and it was generally accepted that the animal would be put to sleep. But it is a very big issue today. like with people-medicine, almost anything can be fixed nowadays-But at a price! And sadly the people who actually stand to gain the most from having a Cat or a Dog are actually the people who are least able to make the financial commitments that are now required. This sort of seems to me to be one more example of the situation where an improvement in technology that might, at face value, seem to be a good thing, has actually ended up making life worse for huge numbers of people! What say you all?