The Miami Herald recently posted a Q&A on their news site that discussed pet insurance. South Miami veterinarian Patty Khuly, who blogs at www.dolittler.com, answered the quetion:
I’ve been thinking about pet insurance, but my friends say it won’t save me money. What do most vets think?
Dr. Khuly answered with this:
I’m decidedly in the pro-pet insurance camp. It’s been working well for horse owners for decades and is popular in Europe. Fewer than 5 percent of U.S. pet owners have gotten onboard, but the market is growing along with the cost of veterinary care. Unfortunately, too many pet owners believe insurance is all about savings. Anyone who really loves their pet would hope to lose money on insurance. After all, that would mean your animal remained healthier than most. And what’s not to love about that?
It’s my take that if we look honestly at what our pets mean to us, most of us would be more than willing to pony up for pet insurance to guard against the possibility that a medical emergency could outstrip our pocketbook’s capacity.
What do you think of Dr. Khuly’s response?