We are a nation of pet lovers. When animals are sick we always wish they could talk, and tell us how they feel. Unless you have Dr Doolittle's powers, this isn't going to happen and you head to the vet. However, the average annual vet bill for the UK's cat and dog owners has risen by 53% since 2007 to £598, which is a lot of money.
With costs increasing at twice the rate of inflation, the North West has emerged as the most expensive region in which to face a trip to the vets. The average vet's bill in this area is around £646 – that's 53% more than you would spend in Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands – which are the cheapest regions at an average of £421. For North-Eastern cat owners, bills have risen by 29% from £324 to £417. For dog owners in the region the increase is slightly less at 17% from £561 to £656. Steep increases right across the board.
So what can you do to mitigate the costs when Tiddles or Rover is under the weather? As vets bills are increasing and vastly surpassing inflation, pet insurance is therefore a vital tool to help owners budget for the unforeseen. No one can bear to see their pet suffer and insurance is an excellent means of spreading the cost and being able to afford treatment when required. This is especially helpful to those on fixed incomes, or perhaps retired.
Take advice as to which insurance you can take out. It is worth speaking with a professional insurance company – Westhill Insurance Services can offer advice on a wide range of insurances to cover all types of eventualities and such is their breadth of knowledge they can help with your home and contents insurance, vehicle insurance, business insurance – in fact, for all things insurance – talk to Westhill Insurance Services, where all your insurance questions can be answered.
We can't speak for Tiddles or Rover, but we think they would be relieved to know that if they are ill, medicals bills are not a worry!
Contact Westhill Insurance Services, today.