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UIA Insurance News

26th March 2009

Pet insurance 'cut back during the crunch'

The amount of Britons who are cutting back on the level of insurance which they hold for their pets is increasing during the economic downturn.

According to research carried out by Sainsbury's, 836,000 people have stopped taking their cat or dog to the vets for a regular check-up due to an inability to meet the costs.

Furthermore, 247,000 dog and cat owners have had to refuse veterinary treatment for their sick dog or cat or, worse still, have had to have their animal put to sleep as a result of having little or no pet insurance in place.

Joanne Mallon, Sainsbury's pet insurance manager, said: "We understand that almost everyone is being affected by the current economic climate, however one way to make sure your beloved dog or cat doesn't suffer is to make sure that you have adequate insurance cover should they have an accident or fall ill."

Meanwhile, the Buckinghamshire Free Press recently reported that a family escaped from a fire at their home in Marlow after their pet dog raised the alarm.

The family's mother, Tina Hammond, explained that the incident would have been much more serious without the intervention of family pet Kelly.

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