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COVID-19 Animal FAQ’s



These days my dog socializes from the street corner. He says hello to his friends from the neighborhood, as they exchange barks and wags. Yes, I usually keep him more than the standard 6ft away. You can feel thier sense of dissatisfaction, as they are not allowed to interact with one another. Thoroughly disappointed and even a bit confused their faces convey their emotions.

Most dogs start to learn socializing skills as a puppy, so its a pretty big shock not being able hang out with your best buds. There’s not even time for a quick sniff. Walking your dog can be a challenge, because it is in there nature to sniff and scent. I have allowed my dog to be a dog and have taken the necessary precautions and followed the guidelines.

Please check special guidelines for puppies, who need to be extra careful because they have not yet developed their immune systems and are more susceptible to infections. Again puppies need to develop socialization skills which you can accomplish at home with new sounds, dress up , music, images, etc. You can read up on this with articles and tutorials on line.

We have a few more weeks of isolation, so take this time to enjoy your puppy. Remember you are preparing them to be out in the world. Your puppies will be interacting with dogs and humans, so they need to learn skills that will allow them to behave properly. Doggie etiquette will become the icing on the cake. By the end of this isolation, you will have established a life long bond with the newest member of your family.

Down below is what you still need to know from the NYC Mayors Office of Animal Welfare. These are the guidelines to some answers to your pending questions.

How should I prepare for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) if I have a pet? Take time now to make plans and prepare your pets in case you can no longer take care of your pets or have to go to the hospital due to COVID-19. For a downloadable guide you can complete to help with emergency planning for pets, visit and search for pets and service animals.

Make a Plan — Prepare for a Human Health Emergency:

  • Designate a trusted pet caregiver (family, friend, neighbor, colleague). Your identified caregiver should
  •  Put together a Go Bag for each pet with basic food, supplies, medicine, identification, a list of emergency contacts, your veterinarian’s contact information, and vaccination proof.
  •  Update animal vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella) in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  • If your pet is on medication, ask your veterinarian for an extra supply.
  •  Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions.
  •  If you do not have a yard, be sure to have extra cleaning products and newspaper or puppy pads on hand if you cannot leave your home to walk your dog.

Ensure Proper Identification:

Dogs and cats should wear a collar or harness, rabies tag, and identification tag at all times. Identification tags should include your name, address, and phone number, and the phone number of an emergency contact.

Veterinary Care:

Emergency veterinary care is an essential service. However, many veterinary clinics and hospitals are adjusting their practices to reflect social distancing guidance related to COVID-19. If your pet needs care, first call your veterinarian to determine how to proceed.

Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?

Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, are contributing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited studies suggest that while dogs may be infected, they do not get sick or spread COVID-19. Cats can be infected, and there are a few reports of cats becoming sick. However, at this time there are no reports of cats spreading COVID-19 to people.

Can a pet’s fur spread the virus that causes COVID-19?

There are no reports that viruses which may cause respiratory disease, including COVID-19, can be spread from a pet’s fur.

I am sick with COVID-19 and have a pet. What should I do?

Maintain separation from your pets as you would other household members. If possible, have another member of your household or someone else you trust care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. Refrain from hugging, kissing, and sharing food with pets; coughing or sneezing on your pets; and allowing animals from different households to mingle.

For more information, visit and search for if you have animals. Can people give this virus to animals and, if so, what animals are at risk?

What should I do if I think my animal has the virus?

I am helping someone who is sick by walking their dog. How do I stay safe?

Always practice social (physical) distancing if this person is still home, as well as when you’re on a walk. Wear gloves when entering the person’s home as well as when you handle objects, like a leash or dog toys, that were in the home. Follow the general Health Department guidelines on wearing a face covering when you are out in the

Although there is currently no evidence that pets can transmit COVID-19, this is a new virus and it is not fully understood. For this reason, it is best to limit contact with your pets if you are sick. Wash pet bedding, leashes, collars, dishes and toys the same way you would clean other surfaces in your home.page2image3427554032

We are still learning about this new coronavirus and how it spreads. The case of the COVID-19 positive tiger at the Bronx Zoo suggests that a zoo employee spread the virus to the tiger. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19. State animal and public health officials are working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor this situation and will conduct additional testing if it is warranted.

Call your veterinary clinic with any questions about your animal’s health. In order to ensure the veterinary clinic is prepared for the household animal, the owner should call ahead and arrange the hospital or clinic visit. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your animal was exposed a person sick with COVID-19, and if your animal is showing any signs of illness. Veterinarians who believe an animal should be tested will contact state animal health officials, who will work with public and animal health authorities to decide whether samples should be collected and tested.

community while walking the dog. Even people who don’t feel sick or show symptoms can spread the virus.

Are veterinarians and pet supply stores open for business?

Essential veterinary care, pet food retail, and animal shelter operations are all deemed essential services in New York State, and are therefore exempt from the “PAUSE” Executive Order. For more information on exempt animal operations, visit and search for Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations

How can I best practice social (physical) distancing with a pet?

When walking your dog, keep at least 6 feet between you and others. Also remember that in NYC it is the law that your dog must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Once home, practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands with soap and water. Follow the general Health Department guidelines on wearing a face covering when you are out in the community while walking the dog. Even people who don’t feel sick or show symptoms can spread the virus.

Can I still adopt or foster an animal from an animal shelter?

Yes. There is no evidence that any companion animals, including shelter animals, are a potential source of COVID-19. Many animal shelters and rescues continue to look for foster care and adoption applicants. For more information about Animal Care Centers of NYC’s updated operations and adoption/fostering policies, visit

I am experiencing financial hardship and am having trouble caring for my pet. Are there low cost or free pet-care resources available?
For emergency veterinary care:

  • Animal Medical Center is a 24/7 veterinary hospital that provides financial assistance through its Community Funds. Funding may be limited at this time. To learn if you qualify and to submit an application, visit
  • Visit to learn more about their grants and to for emergency veterinary care.

For general information on COVID-19, including how to guard against stigma, visit or For real-time updates, text “COVID” to 692-692. Message and data rates may apply.


Veterinarian Who Pioneered Pet House Calls in Manhattan Marks Thirtieth Anniversary



Thirty years ago, City Pets transformed the veterinary experience for dog and cat owners by offering house call appointments. In the comfort, safety, and convenience of their own surroundings, animals and their human companions exhibit considerably less anxiety. Since founding City Pets in 1992, Dr. Amy Attas has delivered care in the homes, offices and even movie sets for over 10, 000 active patients. She is widely considered an innovator in the multi-billion dollar veterinary industry, and City Pets isthe largest house-call veterinary practice in NY and quite probably the nation. “In a house call, I can uncover so much more about my patients and the environment they live in and that translates into better care,” she says. “When a pet is relaxed, exams and tests are easier for doctor and patient alike––and often more accurate without the ‘white coat syndrome’ that frequently occurs in a hospital setting.”
A vet house call solves the problems of:Transporting a pet in a taxi or carrier through the bustling streets of Manhattan. Surrounding a pet with other animals who might be sick and contagious in a crowded waiting room. Time spent traveling to the hospital, waiting for the doctor, and then bringing the pet home again. Travel difficulties for disabled or elderly pet owners. Providing a comfortable, familiar surrounding for the pet and family when it’s time to say good-bye.
Attas’ passion for bringing unparalleled personal attention to her animal patients and human clients has her mapping out her stops with military precision, Attas is aided by a nurse and a driver who have collectively spent nearly 35 years with her. City Pets’ vets and nurses arrive in an S.U.V. fully equipped to perform routine procedures such as vaccinations, blood work and ultrasound tests, post-surgical care, chemotherapy, wound care, cold laser therapy, and more. They can average 12-15 house calls a day. That’s generally more appointments than an in-hospital vet sees, and they often treat more than one pet on each home visit.
City Pets’ fees run about 20% higher than those for a traditional office visit, with an included transportation cost that varies with distance. After three decades in the business, Attas has strong relationships with the best hospitals and specialists should more complex procedures requiring anesthesia, surgery, or other highly specialized care, be needed. Unusual in the industry, City Pets continues its management of the pet’s care even after they are admitted to a specialty hospital.
As the city’s premier house-call service, City Pets has served an impressive roster of high-profile clients in all arenas, including such icons as Billy Joel, Elton John, Wayne Gretzky, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, and even former mayor Michael Bloomberg. When Paul McCartney was wondering what kind of dog to get, he consulted Dr. Amy, which is how a lovable rescue entered and changed his life. Sir Paul and his wife became ambassadors for adopting shelter pets. Comedian Joan Rivers would trust care for her famed pooch Spike only to Dr. Amy, setting aside funds in her will for the vet to see to all of her pets for the rest of their lives.She has wonderful anecdotes to share.
But most important to the doctor is that City Pets allows her to help people in need. She developed City Pets to serve people of all socioeconomic segments, including pet owners who are disabled and elderly. She regularly makes house calls to clients in housing projects and walkup tenement buildings throughout the city.
Looking ahead, Attas foresees untapped future business opportunities for house-call services. “The City Pets model is easily transferable to other cities and communities on its own or as a standalone adjunct to a large animal hospital or pet superstore.
Dr. Amy Attas founded City Pets in 1992 to provide the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of home and in the process, disrupted the veterinarian business model. The innovator is a graduate of Barnard College with a V.M.D. and an M.A. in Animal Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the School’s Board of Advisors. Attas was selected for the highly sought-after internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Attas has been awarded the Award of Merit and the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine by the Veterinary Medical Association of the City of New York. Town & Countrymagazine named her a “Best Vet” in New York City. She has appeared on numerous T.V. and radio shows and served as a veterinarian for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
City Pets, “The House Call Vets,” is Manhattan’s premier home veterinary practice whose core values rely on providing a holistic approach to the patient’s well-being. It was founded in 1992 by Dr. Amy Attas to realize her vision that Manhattan dogs and cats should receive the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of their owner’s home. Dr. Amy and her team have provided medical care for thousands of NewYork City’s pets and their families since 1992.City Pets employs an associate doctor, two full-time nurses, two part-time nurses, and three administrative assistants. Pet wellness exams, preventative care, vaccinations, fluid therapy, pet travel certification, pain management, cancer treatment, laser therapy, pet microchipping, and at-home euthanasia are among the services they provide. Visit for more information. Follow on Facebookand Instagram.
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Rescue Dogs Hit The Fashion Runway



What do you get when you combine rescue dogs, cool pet products and trendy canine couture? You get the inaugural Rescue on the Runway presented by Pet Retail World. It’s all happening on Saturday, December 10 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 873 Broadway at 18th St. in Manhattan.

Rescue pooches will be the stars of the runway, but in order to be the best advocate for them, not all of them will be in designer duds. (Yes, not all pups like to wear clothes and we want to make sure all the animals are as comfortable as possible.) Instead, two-legged handlers will showcase the products as they walk the runway with the adoptable pups. Best of all, three New York City animal rescue organizations: Waggy Tail Rescue, Second Chance Rescue NYC and No More Pain Rescue will benefit from the proceeds of the event.

Tickets run from $55 for general admission to $99 for VIP admission. It’s also Pet Retail World’s seventh pet product sampling event, so everyone will receive a swag bag of pet products worth more $250. Rescue dogs will also be available for adoption.

There will be three runway shows throughout the evening. The first show highlights Waggy Tail Rescue pups, who will wear some of the trendiest pet designs from companies such as Knit One

Change One. The second show will feature Second Chance Rescue dogs, who will wear some limited-edition products from some of the most popular pet product businesses like Buddy Belts. The final show of the evening is where pet parents and their animals will rock the runway. Some of the featured merchandise will even be auctioned off to benefit the charities.

Pet and women’s wear fashion designer Anthony Rubio, the internationally acclaimed pet couturier and women’s wear designer, will also be honored that night with the Rescue on the Runway ICON Award, for his groundbreaking work in the pet fashion industry.

If you can’t attend the event, you can still donate to the rescues and tune in to the livestream to watch and purchase runway items. To buy tickets or find out more information, go

There will also be special surprises that will be announced leading up to the December 10 event. Check Pet Retail World’s Instagram page for updates at @petretailworld.

Pet Retail World is a full-service marketing agency specializing in video content for the pet industry. The agency often hosts live events throughout New York City.

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Homemade Dog Food Can Do Lots Good for Your Dog Than You Can Imagine




The truth is homemade dog food is always better. Even as humans, we would want to stick to the home-cooked meal instead of eating junk all the time. But when it comes to pets, you need to feed your dog a wide range of meals, from the best wet and dry dog food. Even raw food that gets pre-packaged is also better.

You could be thinking if there is any difference in preparing meals for your dog at home. It could be that your pooch requires a specific diet. Also, it could be that your pet is a fussy eater. Home-cooked food can benefit your dog in more ways than one.

Homecooked foods will not have any chemical additions that can impact the dog’s health negatively. When pet owners cook dog food at home it is healthy and filled with the nutrients that the dog needs.

What do the findings suggest?

Today, you will come across sample suggestions in matters related to dog food. However, only you can understand all that is ideal for your dog. You will not reach here easily. It takes several trials and errors, more so when you have a new dog. It is perfectly fine to try new dog foods and stick to home-cooked foods as well. One of the several advantages of preparing the dog meals is that you will know the ingredients that have gone inside it. The pre-made dog food is always good. It is a convenient and easy way to ensure that your pet is acquiring all the essential nutrients. And it could be that you haven’t come across the brand that you prefer. Some foods might have excess salt and less protein content. However, in terms of indigestion, homemade dog food ensures that you have total control over each detail.

When you wish to prepare dog meals from scratch, know that it will take some time. Probably a person will have to cook it. There is a chance for it to get a little costly, more so when you want to food to be organic and raw. Therefore, you need to see all that you can get with the required budget.

And while it was not completely unknown back in the past for the owners to feed the dogs with the same food that they consumed; a few things are a tad bit different today. Everything also depends on the diet, and the dog wouldn’t obtain all that they require from its vegan diet. Most pet owners are also opt-in for homemade dog food for upset stomach that their dogs are suffering from. It is because homemade food can help to repair the inflamed tissues in the stomach and get the pet back to its normal health at the earliest.

Is it healthy to have homemade dog food?

While there isn’t any challenging scientific proof that attests to this statement, you will find that there are certain advantages to the same. Here are some of the benefits of homemade food:

  • Whole foods

When you make use of homemade dog food, you have the chance to choose the whole-food ingredient that you can eat all by yourself. You also have complete control over the ingredients and know where they get sourced from. Hence, there is nothing to fret about the food recalls. You know how it all got prepared.

  • Less processed food

There is a chance for the ingredients to get provided in several ways, such as broiled, steamed, raw, baked, and many more. It would help if you catered to the cooking preferences or the individual palate of the dog. The cooking processes you will use in the kitchen are less invasive than other methods that change entirely the same. Hence, the amount of food processing is significantly less.

  • A mix of fresh ingredients

Instead of offering a similar highly processed food every day, you might integrate a broad mix of ingredients into the dog’s daily food. It will help to make mealtime inviting and interesting.

  • Specifically customized recipes

One of the primary advantages of making homemade dog food than opting for commercial food is that the diet can get customized to offer the apt nutrients and calories that cater to the dog’s body weight, age, and other health problems. You have the chance to choose a wide range of fresh food components to cater to the particular needs of the canine companion, such as discerning palates, dietary allergies, and weight management. But it could seem simple for developing homemade food for your pet, but the process is a little challenging. But with the correct guidance, you can get it done to perfection.

Things to know before opting in for homemade dog food

  • Offer a balanced diet to your dog with all the nutrients

Humans and dogs have different nutritional needs. Hence, it is necessary to offer a diet that gets balanced with the best nutrients required to optimize the dog health. All these nutrients comprise calories that help keep the dog’s weight at bay. If there are excess nutrients or far too few, it can make the dog fall sick. That aside, there can be issues like obesity, malnutrition and in extreme cases even death.

  • Find out a reliable and verified recipe source

It is necessary for the dog’s health to offer nutrients in the right amount for averting deficiency or excess. And while there is availability for the standard homemade dog food online, in magazines, books, not every recipe gets checked to ensure that it is balanced in terms of nutrition. You need to get in touch with a vet or a vet nutritionist to ensure that the recipes get balanced for catering to the dog’s nutritional needs.

  • You must follow all the recipes precisely

When you have the nutritionally balanced recipe for the dog, ensure that you follow it correctly. Here the cooking processes have a role to play. This is because roasting, steaming, and even boiling the food can alter the nutrient composition, that can result in a balanced diet.

Substituting and adding the ingredients, such as using a chicken on top or replacing the chicken and choosing beef in a particular recipe, disturbs the diet and can create a risk of offering excess or insufficient nutrient content. Developing many balanced recipes using the consistent professional source can enable you to provide a vast mix of ingredients while ensuring that you cater to the dog’s nutritional needs.

  • Make sure to use high-end and safe ingredients

Several foods, such as raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, and chocolate, can be toxic or unsafe for a dog. Hence, when you are preparing the meals, it is necessary to know about the ingredients. You also need to purchase the ingredients of the same quality that you will want to purchase for yourself. It is essential to be wary of the source as well. For instance, the ingredients bought online can come from several locations and manufacturers, which can differ based on the product quality. It would help if you stayed consistent with all your ingredients for preparing the dog food.

  • It is a matter of commitment

It would help if you took the time preparing a healthy meal for your dog. That means it will need your commitment. Here you can start by preparing for the dog meal a week in advance. You can, for instance, prepare a huge batch during the weekend and divide that in meal portions for every day. It will bring down the time that you had to devote daily. In addition to that, you can choose freezer-friendly recipes. Hence, the big batches can be prepared well in advance and stored for future consumption.

You will require dog supplements for balancing the meals

Adding homemade food supplements in the dog meal adds balance to it in terms of minerals and vitamins. You must follow the required guidance from the vet to ensure that the food you are preparing has adequate nutrients to help grow and give strength to the dog. Feeding your dog with food that lacks the basic nutrients might result in health problems. Your vet can provide the necessary guidance about the dog food supplements needed and the leading brands to choose from.

  • You need to shift your dog to homemade food eventually

It is never easy to switch a dog’s diet. Especially if it’s to a homemade food regime from the commercial diet. If done incorrectly, it can result in gastrointestinal upset. It would help if you made subtle changes to the dog food diet. The change shouldn’t be drastic. Instead, it should be done over a few days to ensure that the dog’s stomach gets adjusted to the new mix of food. There could signs of nausea, minimized appetite, change in bowel movements, and vomiting. When that happens, you should get connected with a vet at the earliest.

Once you become aware of these factors concerning preparing homemade food for your dog, you can decide better and ensure that your furry friend is all happy to consume it.

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Restaurants Where Pooches and Pet Parents Can Celebrate National Dog Day in NYC on Friday 8/26



Loulou owner Mathias Van Leyden with his rescue dog Loulou

To celebrate National Dog Day on Friday, August 26th, we have up three great pup friendly restaurants to kick back, relax, and celebrate (with a cocktail or two) the occasion with your four legged friends to consider.

Loulou,  (176 8th Avenue) the stunning French Bistro and Speakeasy in Chelsea, which gets its name after owner Mathias Van Leyden’s adorable rescue dog, is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. On Friday, 8/26 Loulou will be giving out free mini hot dog treats for all dogs served on nothing less than the finest dog dishes. Loulou has one of the most stunning outdoor seating options in town as well as an array of amazing craft cocktails and signature French dishes. Loulou is open for brunch on weekends and lunch and dinner all week long, making it a great place to bring your furry friends. For reservations and more information visit,

On Friday, August 26th, The Gansevoort Meatpacking will open a pop-up puppuccino bar in its European-inspired cafe, Coffee + Cocktails, serving canine companions puppuccinos and snacks from the neighborhood pet store Beasty Feast. Although reservations are only accepted from 5 PM to 8 PM, those who arrive at 4 PM will have the opportunity to meet adoptable pets from PupStarz Rescue who will be present. The hotel offers a plush dog bed, food and water dishes, a toy, and other enjoyable extras. beginning at $535 for rates.

HOWM Cocina’s Puppy Brunch is available every Sunday through National Dog Day on August 26. Avo Toast, Pan Dulce French Toast, Churro Bites for People and Pets, Doggy Meatballs, and a Puppy Frosty are some of the menu items. Visitors may also anticipate events and goods from some of New York City’s top pet-related companies. Experience the brand-new pet assistant app from Pet Valet, which provides services for dogs throughout NYC with your dog’s wellbeing in mind. During brunch, the team will be on-site offering $5 dog walks. To help even more deserving dogs find their forever homes, Animal Haven NYC will receive 22% of the earnings from each brunch. The pre-fix menu costs $40.

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How Much Will Pet Insurance Cost You, and Is It Worth It?




Life is full of uncertainties. Most of us, while we may not like it, have the capability of understanding why things go wrong when they inevitably do. We can explain difficult situations to loved ones in a way they can understand, and we can empathize and support one another.

Our four-legged family members aren’t quite so lucky. When a beloved pet is sick or injured, they look to us to make them feel better. We can’t tell them it will be alright in a way they can understand. We can’t prepare them for what happens next. And, even if we could, we wouldn’t want to explain to them what a veterinary visit costs.

And there’s nothing worse than having to make important care decisions for your cat or dog based on affordability. The thought that you could have been better prepared can eat away at you and keep you up at night. While you’d do anything to ease your pet’s suffering, the fact is that only 40% of Americans could cover an emergency vet bill. And every six seconds, a pet owner is faced with that very dilemma to the tune of $1000.

Pet insurance offers an alternative to this scenario. Car insurance saves you from having to fork over tens of thousands of dollars in an accident; pet insurance does much the same. For a modest monthly premium, you can rest easy knowing that your furry best friend will get the care they need.

How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost?

Pet insurance likely costs less than you expect. While it will ultimately be determined by the policy you choose and other factors, the average monthly cost is $47 for dogs and $29 for cats. These figures will also be influenced by the age and breed of your pet, where you live, and if you qualify for any discounts.

And again, it works comparably to car insurance. You pay a monthly premium for coverage and, when care is needed, you pay a deductible out-of-pocket before the insurance covers the rest. Some insurance plans cover 80%, 90%, or 100% of the post-deductible costs.

What Is Covered by Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance commonly covers major types of injury and illness, such as:

  • Emergency exams
  • Diagnostic testing (bloodwork, x-rays, MRIs, etc.)
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental conditions (gingivitis, tooth resorption, etc.)
  • Hereditary conditions (hyperthyroidism, etc.)
  • Chronic disease (arthritis, diabetes, etc.)
  • Surgery (cataracts, ligament conditions, etc.)
  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Illness (gastrointestinal issues, allergies, etc.)
  • Accidents (broken bones, bite wounds, etc.)

Additional coverage benefits may be available as well. Some may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Behavioral training therapy
  • Vacation cancellation fees
  • Breeding and pregnancy costs
  • Lost pet ads and rewards
  • End-of-life care, euthanasia, burial, or cremation

Some pet insurance providers also offer a wellness package that can include services such as:

  • Wellness exams
  • Preventive care
  • Routine care
  • Vaccinations
  • Spaying or neutering

Pet insurance typically does not cover:

  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Pet supplies
  • Elective surgeries
  • Cosmetic surgeries
  • Boarding
  • Property damage from pets
  • Personal liability claims from pets (bites, etc.)

Some providers may cover a curable pre-existing condition after a symptom-free waiting period is completed.

Reading the Fine Print

You know there are many options for coverage and what may or may not be covered, so you must read the fine print. In addition to options like wellness packages, some policies cover accidents only or injuries only.

The most expensive policies are also the most comprehensive for care. If you have a policy that covers accident, illness, and wellness care, just about the only thing not covered will be pre-existing conditions.

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

This is a question only you can answer. It’s impossible to place a dollar value on the health and wellbeing of your beloved furry companion. At the same time, we all go into pet ownership knowing that they may get sick, get hurt, and will eventually leave us. It’s never fun to be reminded of it, but we can’t avoid the truth.

1 in 3 pets will have a medical emergency this year. 27% of pet owners would have to borrow money or sell something to pay even a $400 vet bill; 12% wouldn’t be able to pay it at all. If you’ve been to the vet recently, you know that $400 is a pretty small sum for veterinary care. The bill in an emergency care situation is likely to be north of $1000 just to start.

If your pet develops a chronic illness, you’ll have ongoing costs such as medications and checkups. If you’re borrowing money to meet your vet expenses, you’re paying more in the long run with interest. Your household budget may well take a beating.

When asking if pet insurance is something you can afford, perhaps the question should be whether you can afford to go without it.

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