In loving memory of sweet girl English bulldog Mona Lisa Vito
I grew up in a Bulldog-loving household and am very aware of the walking medical bill that is the English Bulldog breed. So when I brought my bully, Mona Lisa Vito, into my life, I immediately looked into insurance and decided to go with Trupanion.
Fortunately, Mona was the picture of health for her whole life. She had no allergies, no respiratory problems, no eye or ear issues, basically no normal bully problems! I often joked that if I didn’t have the insurance, she probably would have been an asymptomatic nightmare.
However, shortly before she turned 7 years old, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. I was absolutely devastated, but learned she was an excellent candidate for radiation.
I was relieved to know I could afford it because of my insurance. Between the MRI’s, CT scans, radiation, and follow-up visits, the entire ordeal cost over $15,000 and Trupanion covered 90% of it without hesitation.
If I didn’t have the insurance, I would have put Mona down shortly after diagnosis because without treatment her outcome would have been grim. Because I didn’t need to worry about the financial aspect of things, I was able to keep my sweet girl in this world for an additional 15 months.
I lost Mona in January 2019, but because of my pet insurance decision very early on, I was able to say goodbye without regret as I knew I had done everything I could have done for her. I will continue to have English bulldogs throughout my life and Trupanion will always play a role. -Santina S.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.