20th December 2010
Pet insurance 'can prevent vet costs spiralling out of control'
Pet owners can prevent unexpected veterinary bills from spiralling out of control by investing in an insurance policy.
Insurance claims may have to be lodged if an animal becomes sick or is in an accident and Sarah Linehan, dog trainer and pet behaviourist at the Pet Experience, said contacting a provider could help families manage the cost of treatment.
"You can't pay veterinary bills in instalments, so without insurance you could end up having to get a bank loan just to pay a vet bill," she explained.
Indeed, Ms Linehan pointed out that insurance "is well worth doing", as some pets end up in rescue centres because their owners cannot afford the healthcare costs.
Meanwhile, as Christmas approaches, the expert recommended people buy their pets toys instead of food as a treat on December 25th.
Animal charity the PDSA has put 11 pets on a diet as part of its Pet Fit Club, where the creatures are issued a food and exercise plan to help them achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Posted by Penelope Fitzgerald
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