Life happens. We can prepare all we want, but life doesn’t really care about our plans. That’s what I took away from a recent article on a blog called Dawg Business. This article shared an important dog health story that many dog owners want to ignore, but we’ll be up all night with our dogs if we need to, we’ll collect dog poop samples for the veterinarian just in case, and we’ll Google every symptom just to be sure our dogs are healthy and happy. Dawg Business also shared thoughts on pet insurance for dogs many of us hold.
But sometimes that’s not enough. All the preparation in the world doesn’t prepare us for the accidents that happen at the dog park, on a hike, or in our own home. This past year, our dogs have experienced…
- Arthritis, $300 + $480/year for supplements
- Pulled / hyper-extended muscle, $125
- Canine parvovirus, $2250
- Removal of floppy dewclaws, $400+
- Puppy pyoderma, $250
- And allergies, $100/year
Not all of these required veterinary care, but the one that did made a huge dent in my savings account, canceling a vacation and postponing car repairs.
What’s funny is that this is nothing. Compare my costs with the ones Dawg Business reported…
Because life offers to guarantees, our dogs are covered by Trupanion Pet Insurance for dogs too. Not because of the potential of cancer or hip dysplasia; we’re insured, because of the small things we don’t see coming. The things that you don’t see coming. I wasn’t prepared for the moment we heard Sydney scream out in pain while playing in the yard. I wasn’t prepared for Rodrigo to become nearly lame before his second birthday. I wasn’t prepared for a scratch on Blue’s belly to morph into repeated occurrences of Puppy pyoderma.
It was a tough decision to make and when I was researching pet insurance for dogs, I was quickly overwhelmed by a ton of information and didn’t know what choice to make, but after our experience with Riley’s unexpected veterinary bills, I knew that we should at least look into pet insurance for dogs. Hopefully what I learned will help you with your decision too.
Read why we chose Trupanion Pet Insurance.