We recently took a trip to Georgia to visit our daughter and her family. During our stay our dog Nico who is a Shih Tzu became ill. We didn't know how serious it was until the third day when he stopped eating and began vomiting and diarrhea with blood. It happened to be the fourth of July weekend and the only vet that was opened was the emergency vet. We took Nico and they diagnosed him to have a upper GI infection and that he would have to stay overnight. They estimated the bill to be approximately $700. The doctor said he would let us talk about it before making a decision. In our eyes there was nothing to talk about. We wanted Nico to have the kind of treatment he needed no matter what. The vets were great with him. He stayed overnight and was treated with antibiotics, IV for liquids and also for food. After picking him up and making the trip back home, I submitted the bill to ASPCA and they were all I thought they would be. The vets gave us an itemized bill for his stay which came to 697.00. I turned this into the insurance and within 4 weeks they covered 80% minus my deductible. We didn't need to choose like most of us do when you are presented with an emergency illness. Pet insurance should be the first thing you think about when buying an animal. I would not be without the coverage and peace of mind.