Archive for 'Pet Health Insurance'

Funding Pet Emergencies

A recent survey by BankRate.com shows that 63% of Americans had no means to handle a $500 emergency for auto repair, or an ER visit costing $1000. It can reasonably be assumed that a $500 emergency pet illness bill would also be beyond the reach of those same Americans. That’s sad. While the Great Recession […]

Caring For New Christmas Pets

You got a new puppy or kitten as a Christmas present. Now you need some guidance. Your first concern is to be sure the pet is physically well, and stays well. The only way you can know that is by making an appointment with your veterinarian for a thorough examination and stool test for intestinal […]

Pet Health Insurance–Timing The Change

Timing is everything.                     My favorite saying is even true about pet health insurance. Last week we discussed the importance of choosing the right pet health insurance company. Suppose, though, you have insurance for your pet’s healthcare, but you want to change companies. Timing may be […]

Pet Health Insurance

Pet health insurance. Do you understand it? When I go to see my doctor, they ask me questions I can’t answer. “What is your copay?” Am I even supposed to know that information? And, if I am, where would I find out? I end up saying, “I don’t know,” and they call the company to […]

Pet Ownership Requires Planning

Pet ownership requires planning. We have had several new-pet-owner scenarios recently in which some advance planning would have helped both the new pet and the new owner. One was a new kitty who came from our regional shelter, the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM). A family adopted a young-adult cat, then stopped in to […]

Pet Health Insurance Saves Lives

“Our 1 year old Pekingese, Nick passed away on January 3, 2010. We don’t know if he ingested rat poison, but after taking him to emergency veterinarian he had X-rays taken and he was shown to be bleeding internally. They sedated him. He never woke up. They let us take him home and said if […]

New Year’s Resolutions For Pets

“I don’t want to.” “What do you mean you don’t want to?” “I don’t want to and I’m not going to do it this year.” “But, but, but…that would be nontraditional. That would be un-American.” “Call it whatever you want, but I’m not making New Year’s resolutions this year!” You can have this argument with […]

Pets Require A Lifetime Of Care

The story of little Susie is one repeated altogether too often in the United States. It is a sad tale of a puppy who got excellent care as a new baby, finished the puppy series of vaccinations, had her spay surgery, and never saw a doctor again. You can substitute kitten for puppy and neuter […]

Economics For Pet Owners

One thing that hasn’t changed in these tough economic times: some people have the money for needed pets’ medical care and some people don’t. What makes the difference? To some extent planning makes the difference. One form of planning is having a family budget. Everyday computer software like Quicken and Microsoft Money have utilities that will […]