Today I'm sad and frustrated. Lily, who is now six months old (I know, I can't believe it either) is starting to show signs of itchiness and rash. She has been a super healthy pup until this point and it's very upsetting to me to think she may go through the very same battle as Lincoln.
The only difference is that she has been insured since day one. So, anything needing to be tested or checking very well should be covered.
Lincoln unfortunately, suffered from a slight ear infection as a puppy shortly after we adopted him and his insurance, at the time, linked his ear problem to later skin allergies. Before he even showed signs of allergies his insurance considered everything "pre-existing." So every vet appointment that comes with a flair up and every bit of medication comes out of pocket, bummer right?!
I feel like if there is any advice I could give to new dog owners, getting insurance would be it. Get it right away! Don't wait until your first vet visit, get them covered as soon as possible because you never know what the vet may find that you have no idea about -- like a heart murmur.
If any condition is recorded in your veterinarian's records before your pet is insured you can say goodbye to any chance of coverage; not just for that condition, but also for anything the insurance company deems a secondary or related complication. Linc's ear infection was categorised as pre-existing skin allergies because many dogs with skin allergies develop problems with their ear canals. So his allergy tests and repeated vet visits got quite pricey before we had enough information to get things under control. Although Lily's state is worrying me (I'm a worrier), I'm reassured that if what she is experiencing isn't just a one-off, we can figure things out and make what could be expensive decisions with the peace of mind she is totally covered.
So why am I sad and frustrated? I think any pet owner trying to battle their dogs health problems feels defeated at times. It's hard knowing that there is something that is totally beyond your control, and sometimes it is a long trial and error before you get anything nipped in the bud. If you have pets and can relate, just know that when your pet is uncomfortable and you're changing their diet AGAIN, you are not alone.
Now go shop for suitable pet insurance! My best advice is talking to other pet owners. The best reputation is by word of mouth.
As most of you know, I've lived in England for nearly five years now. I have seen many lovely places around this lovely little country but I have never really been anywhere else! The only big trips Luke and I usually take are back to the United States for the holidays and to visit my family, which is hardly a vacation.
Please family, do not take this personally. I love you dearly, but you know what I mean. Sometimes one needs to travel somewhere and be at her leisure with a schedule that's not so packed to the brim that she arrives home more tired than she left or feeling badly about anyone she may have missed seeing.
Anyway! We are soon off to France for a dear friend's wedding. When I was in the States, earlier this month, Luke told me he had booked the trip. I thought we were simply staying for a long weekend and returning home shortly after, but he has totally surprised me with a five day stay in Paris following the wedding! I am beyond excited as now I feel like we'll have a proper vacation -- the very first in awhile. I've been trying to figure out what to wear and where to visit ever since, so now I need your help! I would love to hear anyone's suggestions on where to visit, to eat, and what to photograph. Please leave suggestions in the comments or send emails. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Until then I'll be studying up on my French, thanks to Duolingo. Je vais en Paris!