GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

Sunday, April 27, 2014

As with most daily expenses, taking care of your pets does not get any cheaper. Whether you are already a pet owner, deciding to get that cute little pug in the pet shop or adopting a furry feline, the costs of taking care of your pet are an important consideration, which brings us to the growing market of pet insurance.

Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za, says, “The cost of treatments and surgeries are rising, and consumers are looking for peace of mind with pet insurance”.

Standard veterinary treatment costs for a puppy or kitten include vaccinations and deworming. According to a pet expense calculation by Petwise, veterinary costs are between R180 and R250 per visit and vaccination costs are “from R150 for a five-in-one vaccine”. The cost analysis also highlights the cost of between R100 and R300 for flea control spray and medical operation costs of between R2, 500 and R8, 383.80 for intestinal blockage and poisoning accidents. Pet owners still need to consider daily expenses such as food, treats, grooming, toys and accommodation and kennel fees.

It is not all doom and gloom though, and that is why Louw urges consumers to compare pet insurance quotes and features on hippo.co.za. Louw indicates “Pet insurance covers veterinary treatments and surgeries for accidental injury and illnesses ranging from minor incidents such as ear infections and bee stings to major conditions such as broken bones, diabetes and cancer”. Louw further indicates that pet insurance, “Also provides cover towards preventative care such as vaccinations, spaying, flea, tick and worm control, sterilisation and teeth cleaning when you select the relevant cover. On average we have had over 740 quotes completed every month for pet insurance.”*

Pet insurance may just become an essential in consumers’ policy portfolios. Hippo.co.za offers pet owners quick and easy online quote comparisons to ensure that their pets receive optimal veterinary and medical care.



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