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How Much do You Value Your Pet?

Jun 7, 2008
Our pets are often like our children. We feed them, we look after them and we keep them safe from harm. However, as with children you cannot wrap them in cotton wool and sometimes accidents can occur or illnesses can develop.

The cost of treatment can be extremely expensive and that is why many people turn to pet insurance to provide financial support and peace of mind should a loss occur or treatment be required.

What is Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance is designed mainly with dogs and cats in mind. However there are some insurers providing policies for other animals such as rabbits and horses.

Basically it helps you to afford the cost of diagnosis and treatment of injuries or illnesses that your pet may develop. It is also there to help in case your pet suffers an accident and needs emergency treatment. Some policies also provide protection in case your pet is lost or stolen. However, each pet insurance policy will differ and you will need to read the small print to ensure you know what the policy covers.

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance is not a legal requirement though if you value your pet and being able to treat it quickly with best medicines and techniques, it is definitely worth considering. Would you be able to afford veterinary treatment if it was needed tomorrow?

Many people think that their pet will be fine and only be likely to need expensive treatment as it gets older. After all, you're a careful owner and you know that your pet is safe under your watchful eye. However, did you know that one in three pets needs veterinary treatment each year?

You can guarantee that the owners of these pets didn't think that their pet would have an accident or illness! At the end of the day you cannot watch your pet twenty four hours a day or prevent certain health conditions. It is almost impossible to prevent accidents form occurring to lively and energetic animals, so insurance is something that all pet owners should think about.

Finding a Good Insurance Policy

So what should you look for when buying pet insurance? Many policies will cover your pet for the basics such as accidents, loss, theft and illness. The degree to which a policy will compensate you can vary widely as can the terms and conditions applied to making a claim.

One of the major features to consider though is if you require lifetime cover or restricted payouts for health conditions you might claim for. This can depend upon your budget, the age of your pet and it's breed. Lifetime cover plans will payout for as long as the condition lasts, providing you continue to pay the premiums. Restricted payouts limit the time of any one payout to a period such as 12 months. Again, this is why it's crucial for you to pay close attention to the fine print and don't assume all policies are the same.

Overall finding good pet insurance does not have to be difficult. Just remember to shop around using price comparison sites or find a specialist broker. But always read the small print.
About the Author
Are you looking for good value, quality pet insurance? The choice is growing and so are the options provided by many policies. Find all the leading UK pet insurers at UK Insurance Index which provides a directory of companies with customer reviews to help you make a prudent choice for your pet.
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