When having a pet they become part of the family. I have a dog called Shortie and two cats called Tigger and Harvey. I recently found out that I was very wise to get pet insurance for them as Tigger has become ill with an ongoing over active thyroid problem. There has been many a times in the past where I have thought about cancelling my insurance but I am so glad I didn't.
I have had Tigger since he was 8 weeks old. He is now 13 years old. In the last year I have noticed that he has lost a lot of weight. I thought this was because he is getting on a bit but when I took him to the vets for his yearly booster jab I told them about it and they had a feel around and said they think it could be an over active thyroid. First thing they needed to do was to take a blood test which would cost over £80 to test to see if this was the case. So they took the blood and it came back that yes he does have the condition and now he would need to take a tablet twice a day for the rest of his life. The tablets cost over £25 a month.
|Tigger aged 8 weeks old.|
I started Tigger off on the tablets and then three weeks later he had to go back to the vets to have another blood test to see if he was on the right dose. Again this would be another £80 or so. Luckily it came back he was on the right dose so he didn't need to be changed. I have now claimed on the pet insurance who will pay out for his tests and tablets (minus the excess of £60). This is a huge help to our family. I pay around £13 a month on insurance for Tigger and this covers him for any further tests he may need and for any other conditions that may come about during his old age.
|Tigger aged 3|
Another example of where I used pet insurance was when my previous dog Sam swallowed a slug pellet from a neighbours garden which is very dangerous for dogs. He needed to be taken to the vets to have his stomach pumped, he had to stay over night and then had to be tested for kidney/liver failure. Luckily he was fine but it would have cost around £800 but thanks to pet insurance we only had to pay £75.
I think it was a good job I got the pet insurance in place for all my pets at an early age as you never know when they are going to need veterinary care and it isn't cheap.
|Our Tigger aged 13, happy and on the mend.|
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