Pet owners in Korea will now have some new legal protections when they go to the veterinarian.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced Monday that starting tomorrow, vets will need written consent from the owner before performing surgery on a pet.
Vets also need to detail the risks, the procedure, and the necessity of the surgery beforehand as well as any other information that may be vital to the pet's health.
Anyone who violates this law can be fined up to 700 U.S. dollars.
Also starting next year, vets will have to declare any expenses they had to pay to treat a pet.
In the past, some vets have been accused of overcharging.