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    Hi all, after spending thousands and thousands on our last beautiful dog who finally succumbed to cancer, we are looking at Pet Insurance for our new pup. Anyone have a good experience with a Pet Insurance Company? Also, at puppy school (local vets) they are pushing feeding Hills Science Diet. We fed this to our two dogs for 8 years but when looking for 'reasons' as to why one got Mast Cell Carcinoma, I discovered there were a lot of people who didn't like Science Diet because of the amount of grains that were used. We switched to Wellness and it seems to do the trick. The Vet nutritionist is totally opposed ... just wondering what others feed/fed their puppies.

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    If anyone is pushing science diet at you - make them read the ingredients to you and explain why each one is good for a dog...

    I actually managed to shock a vet-nurse who was trying to flog the stuff to me but had never read the ingredients. She was arguing that a tin of chicken and rice was better for a dog with an upset tummy than actually boiling some chicken and some rice together in a pot... Even optimum from the supermarket has better ingredient list.

    The vet that ran our puppy pre-school was completely up front about the dog food he was selling being about making money for him. And also that the recommended serving sizes were about making money for the dog food company as it was always too much. Especially for a desexed dog.

    There's heaps of threads in here about what to feed your dog - it's up to you based on how much money and time you want to spend on it.

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    I use Pet Secure and so far they have been pretty good. So far they have paid all my claims including one for surgery for bilateral elbow dysplasia where my dog needed bone chips removed from both elbows. They paid for all the diagnostic scans even the ones on her hips and wrists, when they were trying to work out what was wrong. However you really do need to read the fine print very carefully to make sure there are no surprises and that it suits you.

    I have never tried Science diet nor do I intend to because I believe there are other dry foods that have a better list of ingredients. I have 2 friends who have had some experience with it, one said her dog did not do well on it, the other whose dog had some gastro problem used a Science prescription diet and absolutely swears by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Before you pay for pet insurance, do some sums and work out the risk/reward of putting those monthly premiums into a seperate bank account so you can just pay up front rather than paying the insurance company.
    Yes I only have a couple of my dogs insured. What I have done is to insure a new pup or a young rescue dog untill I get a good idea of if there are likely to be any obvious problems. This has caught several expensive issures like the elbow dysplasia and a hip dysplasia. I also have a saving strategy for the dogs that I dont insure. Young dogs are quite cheap to insure, the premiums sky rocket as they age.

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    In the past 10 yrs, i have been to the vet 3 times. (besides vaccination and yrly check up).
    the first two visits, roughly around $300, so yes, saving in bank account would of been financially more viable. The 3rd with a double ACL tear, and bang, wish id had insurance!

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