You don’t have to look very far for reason to believe your pet really can be ‘man’s best friend.’ You look to them for company, friendship, and these days, they’re also a likely alternative to having children.
His healthy six-year-old shih tzhu one day contracted a run of the mill ear infection.
Or so Allan thought.
The ear infection turned out to be a much larger issue, and $6,000 and 11 months later, the family dog, Winston, was finally diagnosed and properly treated.
“You buy a pet on emotion but you don’t do research typically on what could go wrong,” says Allan.
A self-professed ‘budgets, who works in the financial services industry, Allan has since calculated that if they insured Winston from when he was a pup, his family would have only spent a third of what they spent during their 11 month ordeal.
Winston, now insured, has returned to his usual upbeat and friendly self. Allan says that letting him go was never an option since he truly had become a ‘man’s best friend’ and in the Heibert’s case, part of the family.
“Medical technology is there, but with the technology, there comes the cost,” says Allan. “It’s very wise to make an investment in pet insurance – it will save you a lot of grief down the road.”
Audrey Koblanski made her investment with her pup, Chopper, early on. She’s thankful she did because the next day, Chopper was suddenly ill and was admitted to the local animal hospital.
“I was literally in tears when we first brought him to the vet,” says Audrey. “We never thought we could be so attached to a dog we’d only had for three days… It was like having a baby. It literally saved his life.”
Audrey, who was currently working part-time, and whose husband was going back to school, admits that without insurance, they would have had to put Chopper down.
“It was at a really bad time. You can’t plan for emergencies like that.”
Audrey and her husband now have their own catering business, and have since added another dog and cat to her brood. So you can bet they’re also insured.
“Would you insure your kids? Because it’s no different than me insuring my pets. I love and support my animals and they’re like children to me.”
All three of her pets use their insurance on a regular basis and Audrey has figured she’s easily managed to save $8,000 with their coverage.
“I’m proactively protecting them and I’m also protecting myself financially as well.”