Love should not have to be tested against cost

You love your closest companion Max, the dog that is always by your side in tough times, a faithful dishwasher and a constant reminder to not live life so seriously.

You love your closest companion Max, the dog that is always by your side in tough times, a faithful dishwasher and a constant reminder to not live life so seriously.

But what happens when he decides to take part in his favourite activity of chasing squirrels, and in the crossfire is hit by a car?

You never thought that your love for Max would be tested by your credit card limit.

There is a wide extent as to what veterinarians are capable of, to save Max.

Digital X-rays, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, physiotherapy and professional compassionate care unfortunately come at a cost.

Though veterinarians find it very difficult to charge clients for these services the reality is, they have to.

What if your love for Max had no limits?

There are many ways that you can prepare for an unfortunate event. There are companies that offer pet health insurance.

Though the companies vary slightly, the end result is the same — peace of mind. When you have the insurance, and if it comes time that Max needs medical attention, the price you pay to make him better is largely reimbursed back to you.

If the idea of the pet insurance is not appealing, then you could always create a bank account specifically for Max. By putting aside money monthly for him, if something does go wrong, there are funds available to pay for Max’s vet bills.

The moral of the story is to be prepared financially to never put limits on your love for Max.

Various staff members at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital in Red Deer contribute to a column on pets that appears every second week. Staff provides medical, surgical and dental care for pets and education and wellness counselling for pet owners. Contributors to the column include Dr. Lisa Lomsnes and Dr. Hayley Biederbeck.

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