I keep reading articles online and in magazines saying that you should just set the money aside you pay for premiums for insurance and you will have it when your pet has an emergency - instead of buying the insurance. But who actually does that?? I had a dog that cost me an arm and a leg years ago (but worth it) so I signed up for Embrace for the two dogs I got after he passed and then the rescue I couldn't give up two years ago. One of them just had a bout with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis which I just received the reimbursement for. And now that I'm retired the premium is minimal compared to what the costs were for two ICU stays for him. I take care of the routine check ups but its nice to know should they need in-hospital care that I can say yes without worrying about paying the bill.