Why Pet Insurance Is So Important
We at Televets are not just here to answer your pet questions and concerns. We believe it is our duty to encourage responsible pet ownership, and we just can't overstate the importance of pet insurance. We urge you to at least consider having pet insurance cover, because even the most basic policy will help you cope so much more easily with any unexpected vets' bills due to illness or accident.
I am so often disheartened when I see pets that have been hit by a car, or have become acutely ill, that I cannot treat to the best of my ability because finances won't allow. I wish we veterinarians could treat for free, without the awkward and unsavory financial restrictions that so often apply. In many cases I will offer charitable help where I can so that the pet gets at least the bare minimum treatment it requires, but my constant nagging thought is that I wish the pet was covered with insurance.
When a pet has insurance it allows me to work to the best of my ability and in the best interest of the pet. They get the best treatments available, and their recovery is much quicker and of a higher quality. Having insurance also means that you can see a specialist without having to worry about where you can find the money, as referral fees can be very expensive.
Our pets are part of the family and they deserve the same rights that we have when it comes to health. Vet bills can escalate so quickly because medical conditions don't follow a rule book. A cat with kidney disease, for example, could cost its owner hundreds, if not thousands, during the course of a year for medications and diagnostic tests alone.
Recent figures show that just 17% of dogs and 11% of cats have pet insurance, and this really concerns me.
I urge you to consider putting aside some money to start pet insurance for your pet this year. It really would be the best gift you could get them. Below are the insurance companies that offer the best coverage at the most reasonable prices. For some I have managed to find online discounts so that you save even more. Simply complete the online form and they will give you a free quote with no obligation to buy. Even if you are skeptical of pet insurance, it's worth doing this to see just how affordable it is. - David Brooks DVMI have made some comments on each of the insurance companies below to help you make your choice. Remember its free to get an online quote so why not just see...? - David Brooks DVM
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