At six months of age, Samson was diagnosed with bilateral deafness. At one year tore the cruciate ligament in his left hind leg. Surgery followed. Eight months later he tore the cruciate ligament in his right hind leg. Surgery followed. At about the time of his second surgery, Samson had his first seizure. An MRI revealed some swelling and abnormality. At around 3 he had to have a third TPLO to fix prior surgery. At 5 he had a stroke to his spinal cord which required several months of intensive rehab. Due to the distance, he had to board at the facility. Six months after his stroke he developed an immune mediated disorder – Thrombocytopenia. Experimental drugs pulled him through, although he spent a week in ICU. At 6 he was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. He lost all mobility of his hind end. We tried a wheelchair but that failed. At 175 pounds, we could not physically carry him in and out of the house. The time had come. At 6 years old, we helped Samson cross the Bridge.
Samson’s medical bills totaled almost $30,000 in his short life. Insurance paid approximately $25,000, which included experimental drugs and rehab. Without the insurance…well, I do not like to think about the decisions we would have been forced to make. All six of our current dogs are covered by insurance because we cannot afford not to have it.
Pet health Insurance allows us to provide the best care possible for our dogs, and allows us the freedom to make the tough decisions at the right time.
- Sharon Kinsey