National Pet Health Insurance Month is in September every year. It is a national awareness day to make sure that you, as a pet parent, have all the knowledge you need to keep your pet safe and healthy. With more than 179 million pets in North America, only around 1.5 million pets are insured. This leaves the vast majority of pet owners at risk of ridiculously high bills in case of an emergency. So, what exactly is pet insurance and how does it work?
History of National Pet Insurance Month
In September, veterinarians, shelters, rescues, pet owners, and insurance companies across the nation celebrate National Pet Health Insurance Month. This month is intended to promote the importance of health insurance for cats, dogs, and other pets, debunk myths surrounding coverage and introduce pet insurance to those who are unfamiliar with it.
Pet insurance is a special type of insurance coverage designed to provide pet owners financial protection against expensive medical costs. It generally covers veterinary costs incurred by unexpected accidents, major illnesses, or diseases. This way, pet insurance lets you put your pets’ medical needs first without thinking of the cost. However, most people are either unaware of pet insurance or feel that it is not worth the monthly charge.
You would not be surprised to know that a whopping 85 million households in the United States have at least one dog or cat. As more people bring pets into their homes, pet insurance becomes crucial to take care of the animals without breaking the bank. So, if you still don’t have insurance for your pet, get a quote from a few reputable providers to compare the coverage options available. You might also need to consider your pets’ species and breed, your financial resources, and your ability to pay for routine vet care.
National Pet Insurance Month timeline
Ancient humans begin to domesticate dogs.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (A.S.P.C.A.) is established for the humane care of animals.
The international counterpart of the Humane Society of the United States is established.
People across the world start to see pets as their family members.
National Pet Insurance Month FAQs
What to do when a pet emergency occurs?
Secure the accident area and remove any physical threats, compress any bleeding, check the vital signs, start C.P.R., call emergency numbers, drive to the nearest vet clinic, and remain calm at all times.
Is pet insurance worth it?
A shocking statistic says that if owners of ailing animals don’t have insurance when needed, there is a good chance that the pets would not make it through serious situations. So, yes, pet insurance is worth it.
What exactly does pet insurance cover?
Pet insurance covers accidents, illnesses, cancer, emergency care, genetic conditions, veterinary exam fees, scans, diagnostic treatments, prescription medications, cancer treatments, and surgery.
How to Observe National Pet Insurance Month
Get pet insurance
The best thing you can do during National Pet Health Insurance Month is to get pet insurance. If you have a pet and you have not taken any pet insurance, this is your sign to get one.
Take a pet first aid course
Take a pet first aid course in your area. It will be available in your vet clinic, pet shop, and local humane societies.
Share your story
If you have any experience or knowledge in pet insurance, share it with the world via social media. This could help others in need.
5 Insane Facts About Pet Insurance
U.K. and Sweden stand tall
Over 30% of dogs and cats in the U.K and over 40% in Sweden are insured.
Cats need love too
85% of all insured pets are dogs while only 15% are cats.
The situation is dire
A pet receives emergency medical care every two and a half seconds in the U.S.
Canine cancer costs more
Canine cancer treatment can cost well over $10,000 and as much as $20,000.
The average age of enrollment
The average age of enrollment for a pet is three and a half years old.
Why National Pet Insurance Month is Important
It is much needed
In today’s world where people usually have at least one pet in their house, useful and awareness-creating holidays like the National Pet Health Insurance Month are much needed. Do your part today to ensure your pet is protected.
It is a life saver
National Pet Health Insurance Month is potentially life-saving as it not only aims to raise awareness about pet care and pet first aid but also to empower us to take necessary precautions and save lives. Don’t wait until the last minute to ensure your pet.
It gives you confidence
Knowing that you have insurance for your pet gives you immense confidence to go on trips and enjoy the world with your pet without any worries. It’s secure and hassle-free.
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