For many of us, pets are not just animals; they’re part of the family. When your pet becomes ill or injured, you want him or her to recover quickly. Veterinary medicine has made advances by leaps and bounds in recent years, but the cost of veterinary care has also increased dramatically: in 2006, Americans spent approximately $9.2 billion on veterinary care. For the year 2014, that amount leaped to $15.3 billion.* For many families, pet insurance is a practical way to manage the expense of providing their beloved pet with quality care.