Without boring you with the details of our situation, we decided to get pet insurance after spending way too much on our dog's medical needs. Our dog had a surprise diagnosis with a price tag of about $6,000. I did my homework and knew that there was a set amount that VPI would pay for specific diagnoses; my husband did not. I was actually pleasantly surprised about how much we received to cover the costs (just over 50%); my husband was not impressed but that's because he didn't understand how the insurance works. Here's another pleasant surprise: you don't have to submit medical bills and get each bill individually reimbursed. About two weeks after diagnosis we just received the entire benefit from the insurance, even though we experienced the cost of the treatment over 5 months. That helped so much. We are thrilled with this service, even after some misunderstanding on my husband's part.