The Case for Mutticare

If you think the cost of medical care for humans is getting out of hand . . .

Decent health care costs big bucks. But treating four-legged, furry or feathered invalids doesn't come cheap either. Consider this Christmas fable -- a true story -- about Flash, an eight-year-old golden retriever currently living in Washington.

Two weeks ago, the dog suddenly collapsed and pitched down the stairs. His distraught owners, afraid to move their beloved pet themselves, called an animal ambulance (cost: $25). Minutes later the comatose canine had been placed on a stretcher and rushed off to the emergency room. There a veterinarian ordered up a battery of diagnostic tests and treatments, many of which would have been unobtainable...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!