If you have a pet, then you have probably been to the veterinarian’s office at least once. So, you know that if your pet has an unexpected illness it is not going to be cheap. In fact, the average trip to see a veterinary professional is about $250 for a dog, $120 for a cat, and about $600 for multiple pets. That is just for a minor problem like fleas or worms. If your dog has a major illness or injury, you are going to pay between $500 and $5,000. For an operation or an extended hospital stay, you are looking at a bill approximately $15,000 or more. There are not too many people who have that much money laying around. You may have some funds in savings for an emergency, but not everyone is able to save that much money. Maybe you should think about getting some pet insurance or a pet savings plan.
With a pet savings plan, you put money in a special savings account to save for emergencies. The problem with this is that you never know when you will need the money and if you are only putting in $25 a month, it will take you a long time to save enough money to pay for an emergency over $500. If something happens before that, you are out of luck. Also, you must have the discipline to leave the money alone. Some people are unable to leave money in the bank if they know it is there. There are not as many of these programs being offered yet, but some banks do offer special accounts just for your pets with a higher than usual interest rate and discounts for pet care.
However you choose, you have to have the money to pay for your pet if they have an injury or illness or you will need a loan. If you choose pet insurance, you will still need some money to give the veterinarian but with pet savings plans, you may have to save for years before you have the money to pay for a serious emergency.
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