Last Meow Essay

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In Burkhard Bilger’s article, “The Last Meow”, Bilger argues how much Americans spend a year on their pets. Every year that amount rises. Bilger believes our love and spending on animals has gotten out of control. Americans spend "nearly three times as much as the federal government spends on welfare grants." I definitely agree with Bilger on this argument. According to Bilger, “Americans now spend $19 billion a year on veterinary care fro their pets.”(par 48) A specific care given is root canals. That is crazy; with all the money that is spent on providing root canals, the people providing that money can find a better use for that. Money could be spent on feeding homeless animals in shelters or providing some degree of health care for them. Not the whole 19 billion is wasted though; there are animals that do have a great chance of surviving and living very long too. The money should go to those animals not the ones who are on the verge of death. Pet owners say they love their pets and would do anything to keep them alive, but some pet owners go too far. My family has 10 years old dog, Gracie. She has been with us for so long we consider her as more than just a pet. About two years ago, she has a huge lump on her side. It's so big that we are terrified that it would tear up her skin, so we took her to see a veterinarian. The vet said that she has a "fat" lump and the vet were afraid that if they try to remove it, then she my not be able to heal her own wound. So we just left it alone because we believe that she would do just fine. Even though we are willing to pay for them to fix her up but she's just too old. Sometime animals reach that point where they're extremely ill and would be better off to put them asleep. Some pet owners find it so difficult to let go that they spend thousands of dollars on their beloved pets just so they can live 3

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