Wednesday, April 15, 2015
South Africans have varying relationships with their pets. Some use pets as an added security measure, but most consider pets to be much more valuable. According to statistics 85% of South African pet owners consider their pets part of the the family, 57% of pet owners regard their pets as their best friend and 81% of pet owners feel that pets are companions that prevent them from feeling lonely.
As most South Africans value their pets, and the cost of living expenses are going up, pet owners should consider taking out cover that will help pay for expensive vetinary bills should the worst happen and your poet gets injured or sick, says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za. Pet medical insurance is becoming much popular in South Africa to help assist consumers financially when their beloved pet is involved in an accident or has fallen ill.
According to a letter by veterinarian Dr. Kathyryn Knipe (BVSc), one of the most important vet costs to consider are vaccinations, as your pets may be prone to diseases such as parvo-virus infection which could cost between R5000 and R10 000 depending on the length of treatment. **
“Most Pet insurance plans cover preventative care such as vaccinations, spaying, flea, tick and worm control, sterilisation and teeth cleaning when you select the relevant cover,” says Wilson, “It also covers 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,” says Wilson.
Hippo.co.za provides a quick and easy, free of charge online quote comparison service where consumers can instantly compare prices and benefits from a range of SA pet medical insurance providers to help you find the right product.
Established in 2007, hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance.
Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared.
Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).
*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of Hippo.co.za in May 2014. Risk Profile Dependent.