As a veterinarian, I help pet owners make decisions about seriously ill pets every day. Owners always want to do the best thing for the pet they love. In the last several years we have made tremendous advances in our ability to fight diseases like kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, and cancer. Additionally, the availability of 24 hour critical care in our area allows us to give the very best care for accidents and illness around the clock. The downside is that if animals require this level of care for more than a couple of days, it can easily outpace pet owner’s budgets. I watch families wrestle with these sometimes heartbreaking decisions and try my best to help guide them.

Pet insurance has been available, but not widely used, for many years. Until recently, most policies have been complicated and cumbersome. Thankfully, the pet insurance market has become more competitive which has created better options for pet owners.

At Midlothian Animal Clinic, we recommend Trupanion insurance. Trupanion policies are for illness and accidents and cover 90% of costs. The claims process is simple and straightforward. Owners choose the deductible they want in increments of $5 to get a premium that is right for them. Following a normal physical exam, we can activate a 30 day trial policy without any cost to you to familiarize you with how the policy works. The policy will continue only if you opt in at the end of 30 days.

I urge you to ask one of us about Trupanion at your next visit. When my seriously ill patients are insured, the only thing the people who love them have to worry about is choosing treatment that is in their best interests. I can tell you it is a giant weight off their shoulders.

As always, if you have any questions please ask below or give us a call at 804-794-2099.