By Aubrie Porcelli
I was reading the newspaper the other day when I read a touching story about a dog who had lost his leg in a car accident, and then had it replaced with a prosthetic. The owners recounted how he had become entirely comfortable and self- sufficient with his prosthetic leg, however the costs would have been astronomical without their pet insurance to cover it. This is why you need pet insurance. I had been introduced to the idea of pet insurance when Jersey was a puppy on that first trip to the vet’s office. I took the pamphlet but did not think much of it after that.
After reading the story in the newspaper, I realized I needed to learn more about pet insurance. My family has health care, our house and car are insured, and even my horse has major medical and mortality. It suddenly hit me that it did not make sense for Jersey NOT to have health insurance. With diseases and major illnesses such as cancer or arthritis that tends to affect animals more frequently theses days, how would we afford surgery or years of medications? I couldn’t imagine the costs of that, or having to tap into precious savings to pay for it out of pocket.