It is fair to say that, here in Britain, we are a nation of pet lovers. People up and down the country have all manner of animals that they regard as part of their family.
Whether it is a hamster or a guinea pig, a cat, dog or even a lizard, Brits can’t get enough of their furry (or scaly) friends.
Of course, one of the most popular pets is a dog. Known as man’s best friend, dogs provide love, affection and companionship for people from all walks of life.
It’s little wonder that, according to the UK Pet Health Council, there are more than seven million dogs kept as pets in the UK. For all the love and dedication they show, many dog owners like to repay the favour with dog treats and products.
The pet product industry is big business here in the UK, with pet owners snapping up everything from luxury kennels to snacks and treats for their beloved companions.
But one thing some pet owners might not have considered is pet insurance. No one likes to think about the worst happening to their pet, but pet insurance can provide peace of mind that they are financially protected should something happen.
As with the majority of insurance products, there are several different pet insurance policies available on the market. Each one is designed for slightly different purposes, and will provide different types of cover as well as additional extras.
With many people feeling the financial squeeze at the moment, pet insurance can seem like a somewhat unnecessary expense. But the cost of owning a pet often stretches far beyond pet food and the occasional new toy, especially with dogs.
It is for this reason that some dog owners choose to invest in dog insurance. But what does this type of pet insurance cover?
Dog insurance explained
A dog is one of the most interactive and social pets you can own – it’s why they are so popular. But this means that they also require some responsibility and commitment on your part.
This includes everything from taking them for regular walks, looking after their health by giving them the correct diet, and generally showing them the same love and attention that they show you.
Of course, another big part of being a dog owner is looking after them should they become ill or have an accident. This means going to the vet, which can end up being very costly.
Vet bills can be one of the most expensive aspects of owning a dog, as research has found that they are rising by as much 15% each year. The cost for treating common ailments in dogs, such as arthritis or cataracts, can easily run into the thousands – something which many dog owners simply cannot afford.
It is for this reason that some choose to invest in dog insurance, which can help to cover the cost of veterinary bills should your dog become ill or have an accident.
It is worth noting that many pet insurance providers might not offer cover for any pre-existing conditions in your dog, or anything for which they’ve been treated before.
As with any type of insurance, it might be a good idea to read the policy carefully – to make sure what you want your dog to be covered for is provided by the insurer.
Things to consider with dog insurance
But it is not just vet bills that can be covered by dog insurance. As any dog owner will tell you, there can be other unexpected costs throughout a dog’s life.
This can be anything from damage to property caused by a dog, to the cost of finding accommodation for your dog when you are on holiday, to offering a reward if it goes missing.
All these events can be covered by dog insurance policies, the main thing you want to take into consideration is how much cover you want. The more cover you have, the higher the premium will be, so it’s a good idea to think about exactly what you want to be covered for.
One of the most important parts of a dog insurance policy is third party cover. This cover might be seen as another unnecessary expense, but it can turn out to be vital in some situations.
Third party cover is designed to protect you financially for events such as your dog damaging someone’s property, hurting someone, or causing a car accident.
As the owner of a dog, in the eyes of the law you are wholly responsible for its behaviour. So if it damages, for example, the interior of a home, you would be legally liable for the cost of the damage.
Third party cover can be particularly helpful if your dog causes a road accident. If it causes a car crash and one of the drivers is unable to work through injury, they can potentially sue you for loss of earnings – something that could run into the thousands.
As with most types of insurance, choosing a dog insurance policy comes down to a matter of weighing up the financial pros and cons. So before you invest, you might want to think carefully about the options available, and the costs involved.Back to top