**This giveaway, held in conjunction with CatTipper.com, is closed. Congratulations to Tara L., Lisa D., Murphy’s Momma, Dara N., and Rachel, our winners out of 133 total entries!**
We’ve got a really unique giveaway to offer you: we have 5 pet first aid kits and 5 collapsible pet water bowls for our readers from VPI Pet Insurance and ALL YOU magazine!
We all know that the cost of health care is rising…and that includes our pets’ health care costs, too. We were reminded of that just last week when our cat Felix woke up feeling poorly (with no hint of problems the night before). We suspected urinary tract blockage and it was; he spent three days at the vet’s office and, with his stay and his medication, the cost came to almost $600.
While we’re all familiar with the routine costs of immunizations and annual wellness visits, it’s hard to know just how much to budget for those kinds of unexpected health problem in your dogs and cats. We have pet insurance on our dogs and our younger cats (Felix and Linus, our older cats, are 11 and too old for most pet insurance policies). We know that many people instead “self-insure” by putting away money each month in a savings account to use just in case of veterinary emergencies…but how much would you need to set aside for common problems?
VPI Pet Insurance has now created a handy online tool that’s free to use (you don’t even have to give it an email address to use it). Just go to www.vpicostofcare.com and enter your pet’s name, species (dog or cat), breed (there’s a mixed breed option, too), age, and your zip code. It comes back with a customized estimate of the most common problems your pet might have based on his species, breed, and age. Here’s the calculator that we ran for our dog Tiki:
If you click on any of the links in your calculator results, it will tell you more about the particular illness or emergency. It was very interesting to see the results and their costs (and, judging from our recent expenditures on Felix’s urinary tract blockage and our cat Linus’s tooth extraction, the costs even seem a little bit low!)
How to Enter
To enter to win one of the five sets of pet first aid kits and collapsible water bowls, just visit www.vpicostofcare.com and check the cost of care for a dog of your dog’s breed and age. Leave a comment below (using either the FB or the WordPress comment box below) with what it says is the most common problem and its cost for your dog’s breed and age and you’ll be entered to win! (If you have a cat, pop over to our CatTipper giveaway and enter to win a first aid kit and bowl for your cat by leaving a comment on your cat’s most common problem and cost on that post!)
We have a total of five sets to be given away; they’ll be selected at random using random.org from all entries on both DogTipper and CatTipper. This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada. You can enter once per pet. The giveaway ends July 13, 2011.
Disclosure: We received the prizes of the first aid kits and bowls from VPI Pet Insurance and ALL YOU magazine. We were not paid for our review or giveaway and all opinions are entirely our own.