Pet Insurance Australia (PIA) is urging all Australians to think carefully before purchasing a pet this Christmas.
“Christmas is when many families become proud owners of cats and dogs,” Nadia Crighton Spokesperson for PIA says. “However spur of the moment purchases can lead to heartache, not only for the owner but also the pet.”
PIA is reminding Australia that thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are abandoned around the Christmas period, and that people should ensure if they are purchasing a pet as a ‘gift’ that the recipient is 100% prepared for the animal.
“Pets should not be given as a surprise gift, unless the person is 100% sure the animal is a wanted addition to the family.”
PIA is also encouraging new pet owners to consider pet insurance, as a necessity, to their animal’s needs.
“We tend to see an increase in the amount take up of new policies after the Christmas and New Year period when with many new additions to the family home have suffered an accident.”
“Pet Insurance Australia encourages new pet owners to insure their young pets rather than waiting until they incur a large vet bill later in pet’s life,” Crighton says.
“It is important that all aspects of pet ownership such as the pets age and breed, are examined before purchasing a family animal,” Crighton says.
“From understanding breed problems in dogs and cats, and warranting that your new pet is not suffering from any inherited problems can also save a family a lot of heartache.”
Emotional purchases can leave a family with a pet, who is suffering from many costly pre-disposed problems.
“Taking the time to research pet insurance, reading the fine print, and examining all of your options before your new arrival is very important.”
“Pet insurance saves lives,” Crighton says. “There is no two ways about it, making certain your pet in insured safeguards you against huge veterinary costs that could leave you facing thousands of dollars worth of bills, or euthanasia. Sadly many families have simply had no choice.”
“It is easier to choose pet insurance these days due to number of flexible options available to Australian pet lovers.”