For as long as there have been animals and humans that take care of them, there has been a special bond between the two that can only be explained by a pet owner. The most popular pets in America, of course, are cats and dogs. Virtually every household in the United States either has one or knows someone close by who does. Our pets often become part of our family, and as members of our family, we want to take care of them in the best way possible. This is the case will most pets and their owners. It is especially true for dog owners.
There are approximately 46.3 million households in the United States that proudly claim dog ownership. Taking care of a dog is not an insignificant undertaking, and depending on the breed, expenses can skyrocket very rapidly. For just regular food, supplies, and over the counter medications, Americans will spend $12.56 billion per year to care for Fido. That’s no small potatoes.
As the role that pets play in our lives has increased, so has the marketplace with regard to their care. Healthcare for animals, vet insurance for dogs, and even dog life insurance are being offered all over the country. Animal care, whether it is needed for an accident or a life-threatening disease is a very comforting thing to have for a dog owner. Pet insurance plans for dogs are becoming much more prevalent today. They might take the form of a pet wellness plan or a way to pay a premium each month so that you don’t end up with astronomically high bills should an emergency occur. Americans spend around $13.59 billion annually on vet bills and these bills can rack up quite quickly.
In a similar way we humans have life insurance, there is also dog life insurance. It’s similar in that it pays out after your dog passes away but obviously does not provide for lost income like many life insurance policies for humans. Dog life insurance can cover the costs of cremation or burial and other expenses when your beloved dog passes away. With pet wellness plans, you can guard against illness and accidents before they happen by being financially prepared. In the same way, dog life insurance will help you prepare financially for when you must go through the difficult process of dealing with end of life expenses for your dog.
America loves its pets. Almost half of the households in the United States has a dog and that dog is very much a part of the family. They provide company, comfort, and much love during their lifetimes. But like all living things, a dog’s life is limited. It’s good to know that if we take good care of our dogs, they will be around for a good many years. It’s also good to know that if we prepare for the inevitable before it happens, we won’t be buried under a mountain of bills when they pass.