A big thank you for your columns, books and advocacy for animals. I've learned a good deal from you and your readers.When considering adding cats to our household, we took your advice to heart and adopted two rescued cats (rather than just one), and they've added much fun and interest to our lives. One adopted cat, Felix, came from a crowded household and was minimally socialized. He didn't know what to make of living closely with people, but he loved the female kitten, Lucy. It was a thrill when he first jumped on my lap and began to purr, etc. I don't think we've ever had a happier cat.Thanks also for mentioning skyrocketing veterinary costs. Our daughter had bills this year that exceeded her income, and it's not unusual to hear "Our dog's treatment cost $15,000" or "The cat's dental cleaning and tooth extraction was almost $700." We would appreciate your opinions and experience with insurance.
K.S., Vienna, Va Jun 14, 2009
Your letter raises an important point: Paying for good health-insurance coverage may be a good investment. My advice is to read carefully every program offered and make a list of questions for a company representative to answer. Then get on the phone with the insurance agent. If there are any terms that mandate annual vaccinations in order to get full health coverage, do not sign on. Be sure to ask about the inclusion of pre-existing and genetic/hereditary conditions, provisions for geriatric care and discounts on prescribed medicines and special diets.I would like to hear from readers who have purchased pet health insurance and the benefits they have received. Dental cleaning under general anesthesia is big business and can be high risk for many cats and dogs. For more details and tips on keeping your pets' teeth and gums healthy, check my article on dental care at www.DrFoxVet.com/info/.
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