Pets are an important part of our lives, and the positive effect they have on us cannot be underestimated. It can be extremely stressful for owners when their pet is sick or injured – sometimes making a diagnosis can be challenging, other times urgent treatment may be required and sometimes difficult decisions need to be made. The reality is that pet medical costs are not subsidised – unfortunately there is no Pet Medicare! Taking out pet insurance can help reduce the financial burden owners can face if their pet is ill or injured – unlike many other types of insurance, pet insurance provides both emotional and financial protection.
The reason our hospitals encourage pet insurance is that we have seen first hand how reducing the financial stress of treating a pet benefits owners. One of the worse scenarios for veterinary staff and owners is compromising on care for a sick or injured pet, based on fiscal reasons. And as pet owners ourselves, our staff can tell you first hand their own experiences of dealing with their pets’ major illnesses and injuries.
We always wish for a long, safe and healthy life for our patients, but sometimes this just doesn’t happen. Certain breeds of cats and dogs are genetically predisposed to developing a variety of health issues. Animals can escape, get injured or do silly things!