|Pet insurance was front and centre during my last visit to the
As we were standing in a line, a woman came screaming into the
lobby, carrying her bleeding and crushed dog in her arms. He had
been hit by a car and was near death.
The dog was dying and she didn't have pet insurance.
The woman was hysterical. The retriever had been in their family
for 10 years and she was frantic about what would she tell the
kids if she didn't bring their best friend home.
The vets came running out and assessed the dog quickly on the
spot. He needed emergency surgery, blood transfusions, x-rays
and fluids. What did she want to do, they asked her.
The cost to save her dog's life could be as high as $5000.
They asked her again what she wanted to do. This just added to
the woman's tears. I'll find a way, she said, do you what you
have to do.
They asked her if she had pet insurance and she said no.
My goodness, I thought. Where would I come up with $5000 to save
my pet if my credit cards were charged up?
In that moment, I realized that the $15 per month I spent on pet
insurance for each of my cats was not option. In fact, the pet
insurance was vital to our financial and emotional health.
What is pet insurance?
Pet Insurance is a policy that covers your household pets such
as cats and dogs as long as they're healthy. That means if an
emergency medical situation arises like the dog above, I can
make the best choices for the comfort and health of my pet.
Pet insurance usually covers more than just the vet bills. It
can also cover emergency kenneling costs, theft and travel.
Piece of mind and emotional health for pet owners.
Millions of dog and cat owners treat their pets like members of
the family. My four cats are members of our family.
I cannot imagine the trauma and distress of trying to make a
life or death decision based solely on our ability to pay.
Pet insurance means I never have to make that decision. That
gives me great comfort similar to what I feel knowing my kids
are looked after through my life insurance if something happens
Pet insurance means unexpected bills won't cause you financial
Pet insurance can take away the financial worries when a pet is
Knowing this, when I first discovered pet insurance in the late
1980's (while renewing my life insurance) I jumped all over it.
At that time, $25 per month to cover three cats seemed like
peanuts. Today, I pay $60 for 4 cats.
Are there different levels of pet insurance?
Just like the different coverages on your life insurance policy,
pet insurance plans are the same.
There are usually different levels of coverages available where
different values or events are covered. Usually the higher the
monthly payment, the greater the value of coverages.
Different aspects of coverages you need to review include Vet's
Fees, Coverage for Life, Accidental Damage, Death from Illness,
Death from Accident, Advertising & Reward, Theft or Straying,
Third Party Liability & Legal Expenses, Boarding Kennel Fees,
Holiday Cancellation Costs and Overseas Travel.
When should you get pet insurance?
I have insured all of my cats within the first six months of
It is often difficult to get insurance for older pets. Usually
pre-existing illnesses will not be covered. That's why it is
important to think about insurance as soon as possible.
About the author:
Bestpetresources.com is run by Drew Harris and is a
one-stop-shop web portal for those shopping for pet insurance
and pet meds. Multiple pages of resources, referrals and tools.
Expert advice articles. http://www.bestpetresources.com
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