We adopted Mia from the Burlington Humane Society. When we took her on, we knew she’d had G.I. health issues stemming from a serious roundworm infestation. Knowing we were taking on a cat who'd started out life at a disadvantage, we thought we'd be wise and invest in pet insurance. Both our fantastic vet and the shelter recommended Pets Plus Us, so we went with them. And honestly, this decision was a life saver, or at least a life extender, for our cat.
For the first year, Mia had continuing G.I. problems stemming not only from roundworm, but other parasites picked up while she was on her own before being rescued. We were nearly at the one year mark when we finally solved this issue. Throughout this, Pets Plus Us was with us every step of the way, covering 80% of our bills as per our agreement.
It was just a week later that Mia was diagnosed with terminal cancer; our oncologist gave her only 4 weeks to live without a nearly $5000 chemotherapy treatment that wouldn't cure her but only slightly extend her life. Only the fact that we were with Pets Plus Us gave us the opportunity to fight for our cat. My husband has been out of work for over a year and a half and as the only breadwinner in a family of 4, this is the kind of extra expense that I couldn't manage on my own. But with Pets Plus Us taking on 80% of that bill, we had the freedom to agree to treatment and started right away.
We're now over 6 weeks into treatment and things have gone amazingly well—the huge tumour in her neck disappeared in literally 48 hours. But we're very aware that we wouldn't have our girl with us anymore if it wasn't for Pets Plus Us. Hopefully we'll get through the 6 months of chemo. Past that, we may have only bought her 3 months or maybe up to 2 years. It’s a fatal diagnosis, but it allows us more time with her for now.
Pets Plus Us has been nothing short of amazing. They make their electronic reimbursements to us in literally a matter of hours after submission. But they really show who they are by the little messages they send. You wouldn't think an insurance company would be happy handing over $2000 for chemo, but at the bottom of the receipt, they included a personal message: ' We are wishing Mia all the very best and are here for support if you need us.' On top of that, they actually called one evening to check in and see how she was doing, an unheard of customer service in this day and age.
No doubt about it, this is a special kind of company.