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We treat our animals like family members but to keep our furry friends healthy, owners are going to be shelling out more cash at the veterinarian’s office.

“Increase in a equipment and supplies that are used on a daily basis over the course of a year, that ends up being a pretty significant increase,” said Jay Griffiths, a vet at the Sunset Animal Medical Center.

Pet owners can blame the increase on the Affordable Healthcare Act, widely known as Obamacare.

This past January, doctors started paying a 2.3 percent tax on medical supplies and devices to help fund the law. Vets use a lot of the same equipment as doctors, meaning they are paying the tax too.

The tax adds up to a lot of money. Some of the machines cost more than $20,000 before the tax. Afterwards, they will shell out $460 more. There is also a tax on supplies they use a lot, like gloves cotton balls.

Many veterinarians say they will be forced to pass that cost down to the consumer, and they are worried what that will do to Felix and Fido.

“In some cases some owners even opt to not treat pets and we are seeing more cases of animals being euthanized that could have been saved and all that is frustrating for us,” said Griffiths.

There are literally dozens of items that vets use to treat our pets that will now have an added cost, an added cost that could come at the expense of your pet’s health.