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Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM
Veterinary Media Consultant

No Such Thing As A Free Pet

Loran Hickton



I have been a veterinarian for over 20 years.  At least once every week of my practice life, I have had clients gasp when I tell them how much it is going to cost to administer care to their pet.  Veterinary medical services are not free.  Yes, veterinarians love animals or we would not be in our profession.  We can’t discount every case because the pet owner is short on funds.  We strive to give good service at reasonable fees and provide a living for ourselves, our families and our employees.

The miracles of veterinary medicine come with a price tag that too often, especially in these economic times, force people to decline the level of care they want to give their pets.  Tragically, pets are frequently euthanized, when other medical options are available because their owners just did not have the requisite funds.  What can a pet owner do to avoid finding themselves in such a dire situation?  Three words…pet health insurance.

Loran Hickton is the Executive Director of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association.  He is my guest today. We will explore what is pet insurance?  How does it differ from people health insurance?  How do you find the best policy for you and your pet?

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