We saved Jake, a rescue chocolate lab, as a 3 year old, and quickly fell in love with everything about him. Even though I was 31 years old, he was my first pet and I was just giddy with excitement. I was eager to do everything right for him. I had toyed with the idea of pet insurance, but it just seemed like one more payment we didn’t really need. When he turned five and I realized we were about the same age, I decided it was time to take care of him the way I was taking care of myself, being careful to plan for the uncertain future.
I put quite a bit of time and effort in to researching different insurance plans, benefits, pros and cons, and plan reviews. You would have thought I was buying a new car. We customized a plan to fit our needs and budget, set up a monthly credit card payment, and kind of forgot about the entire insurance process.
The following winter and spring were uneventful, but around the beginning of summer we noticed an unusual redness in Jake’s left eye. Being overprotective puppy parents, we took him to the vet just for some peace of mind, and maybe some eye drops. What we didn’t expect were some alarming lab results and a late night phone call from the vet recommending further treatment and an invasive procedure to confirm the diagnosis. Everything progressed quickly, though smoothly. Appointments were made, specialists were consulted, and treatment was started. It took less than three months from the diagnosis to see an improvement in health and overall well being.
What stands out the most to me, through the entire ordeal, is that not once did we have to hesitate to consent to a procedure or treatment out of fear that we could not pay for his care. Sure, cost will always be a factor in decisions, but the relief of having insurance was priceless. Made me really think about the “what if” scenarios had we not made the decision to insure him.
Jake is on the mend, though he will take quite a cocktail of meds for the rest of his life. I am truly grateful for having this vibrant, playful seven year old “puppy” in our lives, as I am continually reminded of our important commitment to him… which brings me to one last question: ‘Who saved who?’
- Ann Kirka