I couldn’t help but notice a tip in Yazmin’s post yesterday on ways to save money on pets urged readers to consider health insurance for dogs and cats. Call me old fashioned, but isn’t paying for pet health insurance a waste of money?
In my days, our family dogs and cats got spayed or neutered and that was about it. If an animal got worms, we took them in, but scratches healed themselves and truly sick animals were nursed with soft food and extra petting. Hamster tumors went unchecked, cat leukemia ran its course, and our faithful golden retriever Misty enjoyed a whole chicken on her last day.
After a (small) animal died, my mom gathered us around a dirt hole where we took turns saying something nice about the pet. “Patches really liked to hide in shoeboxes.” “Popcorn laid a lot of eggs.” “Misty wanted to play all day at Point Isabel.”
I don’t remember my parents ever paying for an animal to have surgery or take life-extending medication. It’s not that we didn’t love our pets, but buying them health insurance wasn’t on the radar. Even now, I wouldn’t consider buying health insurance for my four legged friend Darwin, above.
Do you think health insurance for pets is a waste of money?