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By Jay Schindler TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

A recent survey estimated that the average dog owner will visit the vet two-three times a year and spend an average of two hundred dollars. Pet owners who have cats will spend a little bit less.

That estimate is for the normal routine stuff like sterilization (spaying or neutering), vaccinations, worming, and a heartworm test; you're normally in and out of the veterinarian's office in approximately fifteen minutes. It's hard to imagine what the trip to the veterinarian's office would cost if your pet was suffering from a really serious medical problem such as benign tumors or a broken leg.

Approximately three percent of pet owners in the United States have decided that the best way to deal with financing their pets vet bill is to purchase pet health care insurance. Pet health care insurance is similar to human health care insurance. The pet owner pays a monthly premium and when the pet has to go to the veterinarian's office the insurance company will pay a certain percentage of the bill minus the deductible.

Before a pet owner purchases a pet health care plan they need to get some estimates/quotes on various plans. Before the pet owner goes online to find a quote they need to grab a pad of paper and write down two things.

The first thing they need is a wish list of the type of pet health insurance coverage you would like to get. This list can include things like prescription coverage, low deductibles, dental, annual checkups, spaying and nueturing, declawing and anything else you can think of. It is important to remember that you may not be able to find a pet health insurance plan that will have everything you want, circle the items that you simply can't live without.

The second thing you need to write down is what is the most you can spend each month on your pet's health insurance plan. Keep this number close by so you don't splurge on an insurance plan you won't be able to afford.

Now do a couple internet searches to find all the names of pet health insurance companies. Go through the list and find all the companies that have health insurance plans that are compatible to your wish list and seem to be in your budget. Try to narrow the list down to the five most likely possibilities.

Now that you have five health insurance companies that seem like real possibilities go to their quote section on the webpage. Follow the instructions and enter all of your pet's pertinent information. If the quote is satisfactory its time to proceed to the next step.

Call your pet's veterinarian and ask the clinic will accepts this particular brand of insurance. If the vet clinic you use doesn't accept insurance from that company move to your next possibility. You'll probably have a harder time finding another good vet then another pet health insurance company. Now all you really have left to do is to talk to the pet insurance companies representative.

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