Vet Bills and VAT

Why is it neccessary to charge VAT on vet bills, I have just had another one of my ponies laid to rest, and on the bill it states euthinasia plus VAT, if I was to add up all the VAT that I have paid over the years, for horses dogs cats etc it would come to thousands, some people can hardly afford to take thier pets to a vet so we are seeing more and more abandoned and left to suffer, a reduction in the cost of the actual bill would be good, I know there are places out there where you can get your pet seen to for free but that is only if you are on benefits so if you are in a low paid job there is no extra cash, to most people thier pets are part of thier family so to try and rehome them would be heart breaking, come on stop VAT on poor defensless animals.

Why does this idea matter?

Perhaps stopping this VAT charge and perhaps to lower vet bills we will see more and more animals treated at a vets instead of a do it yourself which people may try and less abused abandoned animals. Some people may think that a paracetamol tablet is good for your pet but in fact it does more harm.

6 Comments on Vet Bills and VAT

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  2. Michael J Pannell | 11/10/2015 at 9:05 am | Reply

    My petition calling on this VAT to be abolished

  3. Andy Riches | 23/09/2016 at 9:34 pm | Reply

    I don’t mind the vet bill,it’s the fact the government want to screw you for the fact you have a sick animal by adding vat to the bill!

  4. vet bills are already unaffordable to the average person. let alone the 20% VAT even people with average income today struggle to make ends meet let alone forking out £100 – 300 for a pet injury., as vets love to recommend X-ray at £200 a shot.

    My cat had a small injury of a tiny paw would in a fight. after a few days it got infected, and the paw swelled up the lower foot. The pain was obviously quite severe and she would snap with anger whenever the paw was touched. She even cried as she had to force herself to lick it hoping soothe the pain.

    I am retired and not working, and there is no spare money available other than pension to keep us going. I am not on benefit. I have spoken to the VET on the phone and no financial help is available.. So my poor cat has to suffer. for how long I dont know.

    Very strange country purporting to put animal welfare high on the list

    And Yes HMRC is helping to murder the pets and animals , generally.

    • Rebecca mynn | 02/03/2020 at 7:15 pm | Reply

      Ask your vet about payment plan so you pay it off monthly? Make them feel bad about how much your cat is suffering or if that fails get the operation done then announce you can’t pay it! That’s what I did when my dog needed two small tumours removed from her head and leg it cost 1284!!!

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