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Pet insurance protects against barking £1.5 billion in vet fees

27 March 2008 / by Rebecca Sargent
Routine trips to the vet are costing pet owners as much as £1.5 billion a year.

According to Direct Line Pet Insurance, vital treatments such as vaccinations can culminate in massive annual costs.

Without the appropriate vaccinations, dogs and cats are at risk of illnesses such as canine flu and kennel cough, which could be easily prevented with a jab. Despite this, research by Direct Line Pet Insurance, has revealed that one in ten pet owners fail to keep their dog or cat’s injections up to date, putting them at risk of disease.

According to Direct Line Pet Insurance, the reason for lack of vaccinations is often the cost, which when calculated is collectively as much as £1.5 billion annually. Pet insurance can help with veterinary costs, but many pet owners are not taking advantage of this fact.

Research from Direct Line Pet Insurance has shown that 62 per cent of dog owners do not have insurance in place that would cover costs such as vaccinations, meaning they have to resort to other means of paying for their pet’s treatment.

Unfortunately, as a result of high costs and lack of pet insurance, Direct Line Pet Insurance found that 17 per cent of pet owners have actually delayed treatment for their pet because they cannot afford it.

Chris Price, Head of Direct Line Pet Insurance said: "Our research shows that one in ten owners admit their dog’s vaccinations are not up to date. However, regular vaccinations can play a major role in disease prevention in dogs and cats and help to ensure that they remain in the best of health.

"Direct Line Pet Insurance is aware that the costs of vaccinations can be a daunting prospect for pet owners and so we are offering our new customers £20 towards that cost to help them immunise their pets," Mr. Price concluded.

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