Does your pet have pet insurance? Pet insurance is basically health insurance for your pet so that if something happens or they develop a chronic illness, you don’t have to pay the entire bill. Here are a couple real-life examples of Country Hills Pet Hospital staff member pets that have greatly benefitted from being on insurance!


Pancreatitis – Ivan (Sarah’s dog)

“Ivan started having diarrhea and vomited all night long, so I took him in the next morning. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis and needed to be hospitalized to get better. I was so thankful that I had him insured because they made it really affordable to get the treatment he needed! He is back to his normal crazy self now! ” –Sarah, CVT

Total cost of diagnosis and treatment: $1,653.58

Amount Insurance paid: $1,335.63

Amount Sarah paid after insurance: $ 317.95


What acute illnesses are common in dogs and cats?


  • Cruciate ligament tear (torn ligament in the knee)
  • Hit by car, fracture (broken bone)
  • Toxin ingestion (rat poison, grapes/raisins, chocolate, medications, etc)
  • GDV (twisted stomach in large breeds)
  • Intestinal obstruction (ate something that got stuck)


  • Urethral obstruction (blockage of the flow of urine)
  • Toxin ingestion (lilys, medications, etc)
  • Intestinal obstruction (ate a string or toy that got stuck)

Diabetes – Gabby (Nicole’s cat)

“Gabby had been losing a lot of weight. Changing foods hadn’t been helping, so Dr. Thompson wanted to do bloodwork. It turns out she had diabetes. Insurance was great! They re-imbursed me for all of the bloodwork to diagnose diabetes, and then continued to cover insulin, syringes, and even recheck blood tests. Without pet insurance, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to afford treatment, but they helped me have more time with my little torti-cat.” –Nicole, CVT

Total cost for 6 months of treatment: $1,328.01

Amount Insurance paid: $1,068.00

Amount Nicole paid after insurance: $ 260.01


What chronic illnesses are common in dogs and cats?


  • Osteoarthritis
  • Allergies
  • Ear infections


  • Diabetes mellitus (similar to Type II diabetes in people)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Feline lower urinary tract disease


How do I choose a pet insurance for my pet?

There are multiple pet insurance companies to choose from. Each is a little bit different, so I would encourage you to get quotes from the different companies you are interested in, and see which one best fits the needs of you and your pet. The employees at Country Hills Pet Hospital have their pets insured through PetsBest Insurance.


Just got a new puppy or kitten?

Now is the PERFECT time to get them insured when they are healthy!