Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Top Reasons to See the Vet

Have you ever wondered why cat owners take their pets' to the vet? Veterinary Pet Insurance, the oldest and largest pet insurance company in America, answers that question. The top ten reasons cats visit the vet are:

1. Urinary tract infection
2. Gastritis/vomiting
3. Chronic renal failure
4. Enteritis/diarrhea
5. Diabetes mellitus
6. Skin allergy
7. Colitis/constipation
8. Ear infection
9. Respiratory infection
10. Hyperthyroidism

It's true that as our pets age medical problems usually increase but it was pointed out by the insurance company that any of these ten reasons can occur at any age. Another interesting fact was the average cost of a vet visit for non-routine medical problems. $500.00 per pet was the most expensive and that occurs in California. New Jersey cat owners pay an average $437.00 per pet, and Mississippi had the lowest cost per pet for a non-routine visit at $207.00. You can find additional information and more data at petinsurance.com

It's estimated that less than one percent of pet owners in the U.S. have pet insurance. How can you afford not to have it? With the sky-rocketing cost of everything from bread, to gasoline, and now to vet bills, pet insurance is the only way you can assure your pet will continue to receive the necessary veterinarian care at a time when everyone wants a little more of what's left in your wallet.

We have provided a lot of information recently in some of our newsletters where we discussed reasons why you should have insurance for your pet, and provided many links so you could do some comparative shopping to get the best price for insurance. If you are not a regular subscriber to our newsletter I strongly urge you to visit our website and sign up to receive your monthly issue. You can also find all our back-dated issues of the Newsletter on the site so you can get a full update on the insurance issue.