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Dont be sick as a parrot

The latest figures from the ABI (Association of British Insurers) indicates that the average claim made on pet insurance has now topped £600.

Last year pet insurers paid £479 million (the equivalent of £1.3 million every day) mainly to cover veterinary bills for treating sick or injured cats and dogs. Yet, despite the rise in the number of claims, a large number of pet owners still risk facing hefty veterinary bills that could leave them well out of pocket. Figures just released indicate that in 2013:

  • £478 million was paid by pet insurers, mainly in respect of costs associated with treating sick or injured cats and dogs – a rise of nearly 24% since 2010
  • Nearly 800,000 claims were made by cat and dog owners – a rise of 8% since 2010
  • Of the 17 million owners of cats and dogs in the UK, only around 15% have pet insurance

As we do not have the NHS equivalent of treatment for animals, medicals bills can be expensive. The average cost of treating a dog in a road traffic accident is £674 and £300 for a cat. Should a dog require spinal surgery, the costs can reach £2,000 and treating a uterine infection can be £900. An overnight stay in ‘hospital’ averages at around £675 for a dog and £300 for a cat.

In these days of householders facing tight budgets, many overlook the importance of pet insurance and do not bother to purchase it. This can prove a costly mistake – as the above figures indicate. There are many different specialist insurance packages available, so make sure you take professional advice. Give our team at Westhill Insurance a call and ask about our pet insurance. We will find a suitable policy to cover your pet (and this includes equine insurance) – as well as something which suits your budget. We won’t sell you insurance you don’t need and we will give you sensible advice. Ask also about the Westhill Referral Voucher Scheme, offering you the chance to save money on all your insurances!

Contact Westhill Insurance Services, today.

Posted on 18th May, 2014