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4 Reasons Your Corgi Needs Pet Insurance

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Why Do I Need Pet Insurance?

I have said this before and I will say it again: I LOVE having a Corgi. Rooney is the light of my life, and he is always providing my husband and I with so much love and joy! As a way of showing him our appreciation, we want to give Rooney the best health care we can possibly provide. Therefore, when my husband and I adopted Rooney, we signed him up for pet insurance immediately. At the time, I was a full-time veterinary assistant and all too aware of Corgi health issues. We are so grateful that we have pet insurance for Rooney, and today, I would like to discuss 4 reasons why I believe your Corgi needs pet insurance too!

1) Degenerative Myelopathy

Sadly, Corgis everywhere carry the gene for Degenerative Myelopathy. This disease breaks the hearts of Corgi owners as their furry loved ones slowly lose control of their hind end.

This disease is degenerative, and the long-term care can get expensive. Your Corgi could need regular check-ups and some medications to manage secondary issues over the time it takes the disease to progress. If you have pet insurance on your side to cover these costs, you might be able to afford the additional integrative care that could further assist in keeping their quality of life very high. For example, many Corgis who battle DM receive physical therapy sessions in an underwater treadmill. And sometimes, they even receive acupuncture.

2) Sleep Hard, Play Hard

Not all Corgis have a lot of energy, but the ones that do definitely play hard. Rooney likes to run as fast as he possibly can at the dog park, and also loves to play with all the energy he has. If your Corgi is as energetic as mine, you might be biting your nails, hoping they don’t get hurt every time you take them to the dog park. If you have pet insurance, this as least eliminates the financial worry of your dog getting hurt while playing. Of course, as pet parents, we will always worry about their health and well-being, but if our dog wants to play, who are we to stop them?

3) Discs, Sometimes They Slip

After many years of being bred to be short and stocky, the Corgi shape has held up pretty well. However, it isn’t always advantageous to have a long body and short legs. As a result of this disposition, Corgis are prone to slipping discs in their back.

Rooney actually slipped a disc in his back almost 2 years ago. Surprisingly, there wasn’t even an incident associated with the injury. He was simply in the kitchen one day, and he didn’t want to leave the kitchen. I knew what it was right away, and we immediately took him to the emergency veterinarian. $1200 later, Rooney had spent the night in the ER with constant pain meds and anti-inflammatories to keep him comfortable. We then were looking at 2 months of bi-monthly rechecks, crate rest, and more meds. Thanks to our pet insurance, 90% of these expenses - after the exam fees and deductible - were covered!

4) Cancer

Unfortunately, Corgis can get cancer, not unlike many other dog breeds. Having pet insurance allows you to pull out all the stops when it comes to cancer treatment for your pet, and you will never have to ask yourself if you can afford the additional surgery that can give you more years with your Corgi.

 

So what do you think? Do you agree? Will you be getting pet insurance for your Corgi?

 

Article By:
Rachel Sheppard
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