Trupanion, you’ve converted me. I was one of those people that thought pet insurance was silly. My thinking was, “It’s a dog. Yes, she’s a family member and we love her; but she is a dog, we don't want to prolong her life if she's in pain just so we can have more time with her.”
Then everything changed starting in May of last year when our 9 ½ year old Bouvier des Flandres, Lilly Pop, was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP). Essentially, she had ZERO platelets in her blood and was in danger of spontaneous bleed out. She was bleeding in her gums and internally. After a 5 day stay at the veterinary hospital, which included a padded crate and a weak dosage of chemotherapy delivered intravenously, she was allowed to come home with 8 prescriptions we would be giving her 2 times per day. Over the next few months, I think she had most all adverse reactions to the 2 strongest medications required to treat this disease, before we were able to begin gradually decreasing the dosage. At 6 months, she was completely off the medication and her platelets were back to normal and holding and she was back to her normal self, a 10 year old permanent puppy.
We are so thankful to have this beautiful, fun-loving easy going, gentle dog with us for the following years that are left. We would have probably not spent the >$10,000 to possibly prolong her life, as there were no guarantees the treatment was going to work. Having the insurance, meant we did not have to make that difficult decision.
Bouvier Des Flandres