PETA reports that the price of pet insurance for most pets has soared in recent years, with premiums averaging $3,000 per year for a four-legged or one-legged dog, $4,500 for a cat, and more than $13,000 for a turkey.
PETA recommends pet insurance as a key way to protect your pet from high insurance premiums, as well as from high vet bills, including expensive surgery, dental care, veterinary care, and vaccinations.
But it’s not just your pet you should be concerned about.
According to PETA, the cost of a pet health care bill is also rising.
For a cat or a bird, the average bill for a health care visit will be $20,000, with costs increasing to more than double for a dog.
“The cost of healthcare has gone up,” said PETA’s President and CEO, Sarah Leah Whitson.
“Pet insurance policies are a way for people to save money for their pets, and the prices for pet insurance policies have skyrocketed in the last decade.
These policies are also designed to pay for high medical bills and expensive veterinary care.”
PETA also found that pet insurance premiums are rising for a variety of pet diseases, including ear infections, fleas, worms, parasites, and allergies.
“People are being billed for everything,” said Whitsons.
“We have people with chronic health problems that are not getting treatment because they don’t have insurance.”
Whitsen said pet insurance plans should be designed to help people who can’t afford to pay premiums.
For instance, she said that pet health insurance is better for cats because they can keep their health in check by getting regular veterinary care.
Pet insurance should be available to all pets, not just the ones that are sick.
For example, a pet that has arthritis should not be able to have their dog or cat take over the health care for that pet.
Pesticides are another common cause of pet health costs, and PETA advises pet owners to take steps to ensure their pets are covered.
For more information on pet insurance, visit petinsurance.org.