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Pets who rule: Pet insurance is invaluable

CATH WATSON
Last updated 12:00 21/01/2013

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I congratulate Dudley's owner on her attitude.

As a veterinarian it is an amazing feeling to work with someone who really does feel their pet is a part of their family and worth doing whatever it takes to help them when they are sick or injured.

It is hard on everyone (the vet included) when the financial reality of a problem becomes the ultimate decision maker on the outcome.

What many people don't realise is that having pet insurance can make the difference between life and death, and can lift a huge burden off the decision when finances don't have to come into it.

From a veterinary perspective it also means we don't have to compromise the quality of care based on finances rather than what is really best for the pet.

Insurance is not something anyone ever wants to use, and the expense may seem a waste to some until you are in the position of having to make the call.

It is not for everyone, but I'd encourage anyone taking on the responsibility of caring for a pets life to at least consider it.

The alternative is to set up a savings account for their healthcare needs in the hope you'll never have to use it!


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