American pet owners will spend nearly $11 billion on veterinary care in 2008, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association.
“Our pet is part of the family.” Doesn’t every member of your family deserve the same rights?
No one likes to see another member of their family in pain or suffering needlessly. But what happens if your loved family dog needs a $5000 operation?
Unfortunately, euthanasia is often the choice that families are forced to make when they can not afford costly vet bills to save their pet’s life. With the economy in a downward spiral and household budgets coming under increasing pressure there is little chance of there being large amounts of cash sitting in emergency funds when a pet medical crisis occurs.
There is a solution …
Lassie was the first dog in America, back in 1982, to have health insurance. Today pet health insurance is common place. Swedish pet owners have embraced the idea of being able to fully care for their pet no matter the cost, with around 50% of all pets receiving the benefits of health insurance.
Our pets today have the advantage of advanced technology and treatments available to them. Such proceedures that were reserved for humans are now available to pets, including Chemotherapy, heart surgery and MRIs. But cutting edge technology comes at a price.
With these costs being in the thousands of dollars, the only option for the uninsured may be to have their pet put down or have a leg that could have been repaired… amputated, because it was cheaper.
It may surprise many people to know that pet health insurance is not more expensive than human health insurance, in fact it is cheaper. So shouldn’t you ensure that ALL of your family is covered for the unexpected?
It is not only disease and damage that can be covered…
One of the common ailments that vets have to deal with in pets is foreign bodies that have been consumed. Veterinary Pet Insurance published this list of the most common items needing surgical extraction.
|Most common surgically
|3. Panty hose|
|6. Chew toys|
|7. Corn cobs|
|9. Hair ties/ribbons|