One of the most challenging aspects of our welfare work is the size of our veterinary bills. It is not unusual for the Club to support some dogs with major problems for long periods. For example, one young dog whose serious skin condition has cost £3,406.71 since 2014.
During the financial Year 2014/15 we spent £10,041.07 on veterinary bills and in the 2015/16 financial year £9,393.73 in just the first 9 months. The main health problems are orthopaedic and skin. We also have eye problems requiring surgery, PTS, cremation costs (thankfully those are extremely rare and generally because of dangerous irredeemable temperament issues), microchipping, vaccinations, pyometra, etc..
Due to advances in technology and the skills of vets more and more dogs can be treated for all sorts of problems BUT this inevitably leads to higher veterinary costs and feeds through to increases in the cost of insurance, especially for giant breeds. Regretably, growing numbers of owners cannot afford to insure their dogs and hence they come into welfare where the Club shoulders the burden.