Do you have pet insurance?
I wish I bought insurance when Sugar was a young pup. Why? As Sugar aged her vet care bills have gone up. Sugar also had several emergency vet care. The funds I allotted for Sugar’s vet care have already depleted. Below is an article written by Natasha Ashton the co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan pet insurance, headquartered in the Philadelphia suburbs.
It’s no secret that for pet parents, our dogs (and cats!) are full-fledged members of the family. This is especially true during the holidays.
Do any of these statements ring a (jingle)bell?
Your pet’s name gets signed on your holiday greeting card
Your pet lines up to have his picture taken with Santa Paws
Your pet’s pile of presents stands higher than your own
I’m guessing most of you barked “yes” to at least one of those! And you’re not alone, especially when it comes to gifts: according to a Petplan survey, 95% of pet parents will give their pets presents this holiday season.
But before piling on the presents, paws to consider a gift that will last longer (and prove healthier!) than goodies galore: the gift of good health. That means a proper diet, regular exercise and annual visits to the veterinarian. For more and more families, mine included, it also means protecting furry friends with pet health insurance.
We never think our pet could get sick or hurt (especially when they’re bouncing around with boundless energy!) but the truth is there’s a 33% chance your pet will make an unexpected trip to the vet in 2015. With insurance you’ll have the peace of mind that the expense will be covered so you can focus on what really matters … helping your pet get better!
One Christmas, our dog Wellington ate an entire box of Belgian chocolates (after carefully unwrapping all 45 pieces!). A trip to the emergency clinic quickly ensued where Welly got the treatment he needed and was able to come home to re-join the celebration. With insurance we had help paying for Welly’s holiday mishap!
When you’re shopping around for a policy, look for a comprehensive plan that covers accidents and illnesses – including hereditary and chronic conditions. You shouldn’t have to purchase additional coverage for things like hip dysplasia or congenital heart disease. A great policy will even include coverage for alternative and behavioral therapies. You also want to be sure that you’ll be reimbursed based on the actual vet bill and not a benefit schedule (meaning the provider will set caps for each incident or illness).
This gift may be harder to wrap but will keep your year merry and bright long after your pet’s other presents have been gobbled up and loved to bits.
If you’d like to get a free quote for protecting your pet, you can visit www.GoPetplan.com.