According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for pet services including veterinary were 142.51% higher in 2018 versus 1997.
Between 1997 and 2018: Pet services including veterinary experienced an average inflation rate of 4.31% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, pet services including veterinary costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $48.50 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for pet services including veterinary was similar.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Pet services including veterinary: