Pets, Aging, Costs?

Our dog is a Havanese (a Cuban dog) and her name is “Gucci”. We named her Gucci as she was very expensive to purchase and bring home.  Everything the Gucci company sells is expensive, so thus the name.

Our family fell in love with her and she with us when we picked her up when she was around 10 weeks old.  She has now been with us for 10 years making her not only a great family dog but an age around 75 years old. Recently we have noticed some health issues with her and started “family discussions” about how Gucci will not be with us too much longer.  Toni and I have fielded many questions from the kids regarding the end of life, like how will we know, what will happen, how can you be sure, etc.  These are tough questions even for a Vet to answer.

Therefore, for anyone who owns or has owned a pet, you will be faced with the same situation as our family.  There are people out there who will spend thousands and thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to keep their pet healthy and alive.  While others who love their pet very much don’t have the resources to pay for all the end of life costs.  In this situation, it can be overwhelming financially and emotionally for the family.

Recently I came across a product from one of my insurance companies that will help those families who are not independently wealthy afford to keep their pet healthy, it is pet insurance.  Like human health insurance, it provides financial support to those families who want to give their pet health insurance throughout the pet’s life.  Sudden accidents that cause a vet hospital visit would be covered, but a preexisting condition or cosmetic changes would not be.  If this is something you would like to know more about, please contact us and I would be happy to give you the information and a quote.

So, to end my story, I don’t know what the right answer is for anyone, especially my family.  I guess we will take it one day at a time.  But I can tell you that if we had pet insurance it would help our family deal with the financial and emotional stress at the end of our pet’s life.