I talk about my two biological kids here all the time, but before they showed up, I had my two "fur babies", my cats, Jenny and Gracie.
Jenny, pretending to be part of the bedding as Vivian moves in for the snuggle
My cats really are a part of the family, which means that their health is important to us. And that means annual vet visits and shots and medical care as needed. And if you ever thought human health care was expensive, then you haven't visited a vet lately. Daniel and I keep talking about getting pet insurance for the cats, but haven't yet. If you've been having the same conversation- now's the time. It's National Pet Health Insurance Month! Here's some information that I received about National Pet Health Insurance Month:
National Pet Health Insurance MonthSeptember is nationally recognized as Pet Health Insurance month, and Kroger is inviting pet owners to learn more about policy options for their furry friends. This year marks the second annual celebration of the pet health insurance month in the
with pet insurance becoming more and more popular. United States
Vet care has increased significantly within the past few years. Pet owners can now seek treatment for their pets from dialysis to cancer treatments to surgeries, and pets are living longer than ever. But with the increased level of care comes an understandable increase in cost. According to the American Pet Products Association vet bills topped $11 billion across the nation in 2008.
Pet insurance is an option pet owners may want to consider. Pet insurance can allow owners to have coverage for the unexpected, and it can allow them to better budget for planned expenses. Some plans, such as the accident-only pet insurance plan covers treatment that results from an injury or accident, such as a car collision or unintentional ingestion. But with a more inclusive policy, pet owners can seek reimbursement for preventative care, such as teeth cleaning, flea control, annual exams and behavioral training. Pet insurance can provide peace of mind for pet owners, knowing they will not be stuck making a decision between proper care for their pet and possible “economic” euthanasia.
Tips to Keep in MindIf you’re looking to benefit from obtaining a pet insurance policy, here are a few tips to keep in mind:· Get the coverage you want. Take the time to review what policies are available. Some carriers, like Kroger and PetFirst Healthcare, offer accident-only coverage, which pet owners may find more attractive than a premium coverage plan which costs more per month. Pet owners should examine how much they’re willing to spend on the monthly premium and match that with the benefits of each plan.· Buy early. Most, if not all pet insurance providers will refuse a pet with a pre-existing condition. Just like in humans, a pre-existing condition means the pet was diagnosed with an illness or disease prior to seeking pet insurance. It’s best to seek coverage from Day 1 to avoid the possibility of a pre-existing condition.· Know your coverage. Not all treatments will be covered, and what’s covered varies from policy to policy. Because pet owners pay out-of-pocket and then file a claim for reimbursement, some pet owners may not know a treatment isn’t covered until their claim is denied. Avoid that scenario by knowing the coverage benefits before walking into a vet’s clinic.
To celebrate, I've been given a $20 Kroger gift card to give to one of you. Perfect for stocking up on all the pet food and accessories that your furbabies need. This card is valid at any of the Kroger family of stores, click here to find if there's a Kroger store near you. Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only.
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on September 30, 2010. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
Disclosure: Kroger provided me with a $20 gift card as thanks for writing this post so that I could buy pet-related products for my furbabies at my local Kroger store. I also have been given the opportunity to give a $20 Kroger card to one of you so that you can do the same!