For a few years, our 7 1/2 yr. old mini dachshund/chihuahua mix had a bulging disk in her back that we were able to treat with kennel care and medication when it occasionally flared up. One day her back legs quit working and she was in a lot of pain. She had to have emergency surgery because the disk ruptured. The cost was over $3,000, and VPI reimbursed us for over $2000. It was a huge relief to receive that check.