April 19, 2010

Should I get Pet Health Insurance?

Despite the fact that health insurance for pets is nothing new, many pet owners have yet to invest in insurance for their pets. Nevertheless, over the past several years pet health insurance has advanced quite a lot. Insurance policies for pets cover a comprehensive list of illnesses and the level of care delivered to pets has improved as well.

pet health care insurancePet health insurance plans are much the same as human health insurance. You pay monthly or yearly premiums and have a set deductible and you agree to which illnesses will and will not be covered. In order to acquire health insurance for your dog, cat, or other pet, your pet most likely will have to undergo a medical exam to check for pre-existing health conditions. For the most part, pet health insurance premiums are determined by the age of your pet, the health of your pet, and the general lifestyle of your pet.

Today’s pet insurance companies will start insuring dogs and cats at around 6 to 8 weeks of age. In most cases, older animals may not be able to get health insurance so it’s always best to start when your pet is young. Before choosing your pet health insurance company, do your research first. Compare benefits, deductibles, and the illnesses covered by various insurance plans and pick one that suits your pet, your budget, and your lifestyle best. Also, make sure to select a respected company as pet insurance scams appear to be on the rise.

Caring for the health of your beloved pet is your primary responsibility as a pet owner. Health insurance provides you with an alternative to costly veterinary bills in the event that your pet becomes suddenly ill. With pet health insurance you’ll rest easy knowing your pet is covered in an emergency.

About Dr. Amber Reed

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