Advantages of dog insurance

by Leanne Thompson on September 10, 2011

Many families in Britain have dogs, but lots are not too keen on the idea of dog insurance. It is believed that this may be due to the lack of understanding about and knowledge just how important dog insurance can be, and they feel that there is no real need for it.

The reason people do take out dog insurance is prevent excessive veterinary fees and other expenses that can be incurred if your dog becomes ill or has a life threatening disease.

The advantage of having dog insurance is that the cost of treatment for your sick (more…)

Why insure your dog?

by Leanne Thompson on July 17, 2011

Insurance is a part of life nowadays and it can seem sometimes that it is necessary to make payments each month to insure against the most unlikely of events relating to things such as mobile phones, cars, household possessions and our housing itself.

However, your health and that of your family will be of the utmost importance to you and one thing that you consider important to have insurance to cover. Given that you are likely to feel that your dog is very much (more…)

The dog insurance gamble

by Darren Jamieson on July 12, 2011

A recent survey by M&S insurance found that half of vets questioned claimed in the last five years to have had to put pets to sleep due to the owner being unable to afford treatment.

dog-insurance-labBalancing the household budget can be tough at any time but the current economic climate has forced more and more people to scrutinise their outgoings with a magnifying glass in an attempt to find reductions.

For some people, dog insurance could be viewed as a luxury item that can no longer (more…)

Woman thanks anonymous good Samaritan for carrying her dog

by Darren Jamieson on June 6, 2011

A woman has thanked a ‘Good Samaritan’ who helped her dog by carrying the pampered pooch up a steep cliff whilst they were out walking.

Seven Year old Dalmatian, Oscar, suffered a fractured leg whilst he was playing at rock pools. His owner, Mandy Miller, was struggling to come up with any ideas of how she was able to get the six stone dog back to (more…)

Dog insurance: essential information

by Darren Jamieson on May 6, 2011

If you have a dog, the last thing you want is for him or her to become injured or unwell. However, the worst thing you can do sometimes is to ignore the possibility, as you may be put into a situation where you cannot afford the vet bills.

Dog insuranceDog insurance can be as confusing as any other type of insurance, and there are many things that can increase your payments or mean you are not covered – and it is essential you know what these are to avoid heartbreak in the future.

Dog insurance is very much like health insurance for humans. Sometimes certain (more…)

Couple fight to raise funds to save paralysed dog

by Mark James on November 30, 2010

A couple are facing massive vet’s fees in order to save their dog, which had plunged over a cliff. Roxanne Peggie, 23, and Barry Blyther, 43, had taken their German pointer Rover to Northern Ireland. On parking their car at Limavady, a cliff whose name means ‘dog’s leap’ in Gaelic, Rover broke free and jumped over a wall at the cliff’s edge.

Ms Peggie found Rover clinging precariously to a ledge but, before she could rescue him, the unfortunate pooch plunged 400ft. She said:

“We thought that the dog was a goner. I will never forget the sight of him falling. I would never have thought he would have survived such a fall.”

The couple spotted that Rover was still moving, and wen (more…)

Dog bite incidents on the rise in Britain

by Mark James on November 28, 2010

It seemed almost humorous at the time – when I’m A Celebrity… host Ant McPartlin bent to greet a four-legged act that had appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, the mutt reacted like a rabid Gillian McKeith and sunk its teeth into him.

Fortunately the animal was presumably less talented at biting than McKeith, and McPartlin needed no treatment, but the same cannot be said for many other people in the UK who are bitten by a dog.

Website Patient UK reports 200,000 bites per year, with approximately 28,000 suffering bites to the face and 19,000 of those requiring plastic surgery. In fact, according to the site 100 dog bite victims are admitted to hospital weekly in the UK.

This is a 66 per cent rise from a mere decade ago and, in 2009, savage dog attacks on small children escalated an alarming (more…)

Is dog insurance worth getting?

by Mark James on November 10, 2010

dog-insuranceCaring for your dog not only requires an emotional investment – it also means that time and money is required. As well as buying your puppy from a reputable dog breeder, or donating money to a rescue home (if that’s where you got him), you will no doubt have bought toys, a dog basket and a dog collar. The issue of whether to purchase dog insurance may be one to make you pause for thought however.

Your dog’s food bill and routine health care can easily be incorporated into your household budget, but it’s more difficult to account for emergencies, so getting dog insurance is an important decision. You may wonder if you really need it, but like any other form of insurance, it depends purely on fate. Your pet may have a happy and healthy life, but you may feel somewhat more secure knowing that (more…)

How to help a child deal with the loss of a dog

by Vivien Richardson on October 22, 2010

Losing a dogIf a family dog becomes ill and passes away, everyone is bound to grieve at the loss, but for a child it can be more dramatic. Some children may feel guilty as a mix of emotions rise up; in their mind it may be that they think they are to blame for the loss of the dog in some way.

The one worry that arises from the loss of a dog in a child’s mind is what happens to a dog, will they be in heaven and will they see them again some day.

Taking time to communicate with a child verbally and keeping them busy will help them to come to terms with (more…)

Pet insurance company pays out after dog eats a beehive

by Darren Jamieson on August 29, 2010

As any dog owner will tell you, it’s important to have an adequate pet insurance policy. Dogs can get into all sorts of strife, and without comprehensive dog insurance you could be landed with an out of control bill from your vets. However, there are some things that you wouldn’t think a pet insurance policy would cover – such as if your dog became ill after eating an entire beehive full of bees.

That’s just what happened recently to a dog in America, obviously. Ellie, a Labrador, recently ate an entire beehive full of dead bees, and the pesticides that killed them. Naturally, after eating this strange lunch she became very ill and required veterinary care, but thankfully was fine after a few weeks. In true American style, Ellie has been awarded the official prize of the most unusual pet insurance claim in America, given out by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI).

Ellie’s beehive eating antics won her first place amid stiff competition from other danger seeking dogs such as the border collie who, attempting to get at the postman, ran straight through a window and the terrier who decided to bite into a (more…)

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