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Your Introductory Guide to Pet Insurance

By Nicholas Hunt TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

We spend a lot of money on our pets. In fact, some countries spend billions of dollars each year on veterinary care. Taking care of your pet's health needs is expensive and these costs can quickly add up. Pet insurance has been around for several years and is a valuable tool for paying pet care costs.

The quality of pet care available has advanced greatly in the past several years due to human technology now being widely used to treat pets as well. Your pet can get a kidney transplant if needed or even go through chemotherapy to treat cancer. However, all of the advances in treatment come at serious cost and treatment can often range in the thousands of dollars.

Exactly what is covered by pet insurance really varies between insurance carriers but the standard level of care includes illnesses and accidents. Some pet insurance includes wellness or maintenance checks while others include this plus burial costs.

There are several things that you consider before purchasing a pet insurance policy. First, what is the deductible that you should choose? You should be comfortable with the amount of deductible and easily be able to pay it. Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower the cost of your monthly premiums so choosing a low deductible means that you will be paying a greater amount of money on a monthly basis but less money when your pet needs care.

Policy limits are something else that you may want to consider. A low lifetime limit can easily be surpassed by the costs of treating a pet with cancer so look for a policy with realistic lifetime limits. You also need to find out what types of treatments are excluded by this policy as many companies do not disclose what they do not cover so it pays to ask.

Reimbursement for pet costs can be calculated in a few different ways and you need to know how it will be paid. Your pet insurance carrier may just reimburse a percentage of the total bill or reimburse a percentage of scheduled benefits which reduces what will be paid to you even further.

You will need to find out if your pet insurance policy allows you to choose any veterinarian or if you must choose from vets in a network of providers. Also find out who sets the treatment guidelines for your pet.

If you are the type of person who would do anything to save your pet and you truly view your pet as a member of your family, then you should seriously consider pet insurance.

About the Author
Nicholas writes on online pet insurance and you can read a more in-depth article on the subject at Guide To Pet Insurance Policies.

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