All About Pet Insurance

Do you have pet insurance for your pet? If you don’t, you are not alone. Only about 1.5% of Canadian pet owners have insurance for their four legged family member. This number is extremely low when we consider how much they mean to us. 86% of dog owners and 89% of cat owners consider their pets’ part of the family. Owning an animal is expensive, which can be stressful, so why don’t we take away this stress just like we do when we insure our house? Having pet insurance lets you decide what’s best for your animal, without having to worry about costs. When a pet gets sick or injured it is a very emotional time. Sometimes you have to decide between caring for your animal or paying for groceries or making a mortgage payment. Having pet insurance ensures you can care for your pet even if it’s at an unexpected time.

Many pet owners think that paying for pet insurance is a waste of money because they won’t get back what they put in for monthly premiums. But we don’t buy car or house insurance hoping we have to put it to use. We get insurance solely for unforeseen circumstances. People who do have pet health insurance make a claim 50% of the time compared to only 20% of people who have automobile insurance and 10% who have house insurance.

Veterinary care is not the same as what it was 20 years ago. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital is able to provide better care, so our pets can live longer, happier lives. This is wonderful but comes at a cost that can surprise most owners.

Here are the top 3 claims from Pets Plus Us:

  1. 5 month old Boston Terrier – Corneal Ulcers, Small intestinal obstruction & incisional dehiscence. Claim amount $13,385.45
  2. 1 year old Labrador Retriever – ingested a toy. Claim amount $13,065.59
  3. 6 month old Domestic Short Hair – High Rise Syndrome (curiosity got the better of him, he fell from an 8th floor apartment to the parking lot below).                                                 Claim amount $ 12,189.83

When looking for a pet health insurance company, there are many options available.

  1. Always ask lots of questions to the potential company to make sure it is the right fit for you.
  2. Find out what they offer for deductibles, monthly premiums, and multi pet discounts.
  3. Every pet insurance company has exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, and some have exclusions based on breed. Some are temporary exclusions, but some can be permanent based on their medical history. The younger and healthier they are the better chance your pet will be covered for any accident or illnesses that might come up in their lifetime.

When your puppy comes in for their first appointment to see one of the veterinarians at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital, we offer a free pet insurance trial which can be rolled over to a plan. If you are thinking about pet insurance for your pet, your veterinarian is a good place to start since they can discuss their experiences with the various companies.

Here are reasons why some of our clients feel good about having pet health insurance.

Diana Loves Having Pet Insurance  

This is why Diane loves having pet insurance through Trupanion. “They have been really compassionate and caring. They were there when we needed them. They always check up after a claim has been sent in to thank us for taking our dog to the vet and taking good care of him.”

Corilee’s experience with Pet Insurance 

Corilee loves having pet insurance. “I like being able to do what is needed for my pets. I didn’t have pet insurance for previous pets and still did everything and spent thousands. With pet insurance I have the freedom to get them the best medical care.”

Dr. Hayley loves Pet Plus Us Insurance 

This is why Dr. Hayley loves having pet insurance through Pets Plus Us. “Even though I am a veterinarian I still like having pet insurance for the day to day treatments and to help cover costs of any major procedures.

We owe it to the approximately 7.9 million cats and 5.9 million dogs living in Canada to give them a wonderful life. That starts with getting them pet health insurance so you can afford the necessary veterinary care in case of accidents and illnesses.

Written by: Alicia



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Dear Clients,

As of December 11, 2020 our veterinary hospital will continue to operate with a closed-door policy.


To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.



Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.


With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.


Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.


We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital