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Pet insurance is like health insurance for your pet: most policies cover unexpected and expensive medical costs like accidents, emergency care, and surgery, though some also cover routine vet visits and prescriptions. Medical expenses for pets can be costly, and many pet owners do not have money set aside for a serious accident.
There are two main types of pet insurance policies: comprehensive and accident only.
The average pet owner spends $680 or more a year on their pets before any significant medical expenses. The two questions you should ask yourself while considering pet insurance are: How much can you afford to pay in case of an emergency for your pet? And, what tolerance do you have for risk?
Most pet insurance plans are only available for cats and dogs, though some plans can cover exotic pets as well.
Most pet insurance plans cover some portion of medications, vet visits, and major costs like chemotherapy and surgery.
Some pet insurance plans can't insure animals with chronic health conditions, or certain breeds that are at a high risk. That's why it pays to compare plans.