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Pet Insurance in Alaska

If you are one of the many Alaskans with pets, you are probably well aware of the joy that pet ownership can bring. You may not be aware of the expense that can come as our furry friends experience illnesses and accidents. For example, the most commonly treated condition in dogs - benign skin mass - has an average treatment cost of nearly one thousand dollars! If you have a cat, you're not off the hook; tooth extraction is the treatment performed most often with cats, and it also has an average bill of just over $900. Unfortunately, some conditions come with an even higher bill; liver cancer in dogs often reaches nearly $9,000 for a course of treatment.

Fortunately, Alaska residents can choose to purchase pet insurance that can greatly reduce the out-of-pocket expenses when their pets have an accident or get sick. You should be aware that all of the plans available can vary widely when it comes to deductibles, covered benefits and exclusions, copayments, and maximum coverage amounts, so it is important to compare plans to find what will best meet your needs.

It is also important to know that pet insurance does not follow the same rules and regulations as health insurance for people. For example, some dog breeds are excluded from coverage; if you own a chow, Lhasa apso, Rottweiler, or pit bull, you may have fewer companies from which to choose, and the available plans may only offer restricted coverage. Also, a number of plans will not cover preventable, hereditary, or congenital conditions, and even pre-existing conditions are often excluded as well.

However, despite the handful of restrictions in coverage, pet insurance can be a valuable tool for Alaska pet owners who want to make sure that their four-legged family members live long and healthy lives without breaking the bank.

 

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Pet Insurance In The News

Pet Wise: Weighing the pros and cons of buying pet insurance

Consumer Reports Magazine revealed that about 1.4 million pets in the United States and Canada were covered by pet insurance at the end of 2014, according to the North American Pet Health Association. Some of the major providers include the ASPCA (through ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 09:17:00 GMT



Considering pet insurance Here are the questions you should be asking

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Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 18:41:00 GMT



The love of your pet is priceless - but bills can add up

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Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 20:11:00 GMT



PetFirst offers one month of pet insurance in honor of World Dog Day

PetFirst, a pet insurance company, is celebrating World Dog Day with a special offer to those adopting pets through the Kentucky Humane Society. PetFirst is offering pet owners one month of pet insurance to any pet adopted through the Kentucky Humane ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 08:42:00 GMT



Pet Tech Has Venture Capitalists Wagging Their Tails

The outlook for health-related companies and services, such as diagnostics apps and pet health insurance, is strong. On the other hand, the future of connected consumer devices, such as pet activity monitoring hardware, remains cloudy as relatively young ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 07:33:00 GMT



Do you need pet insurance 6 questions to ask

When our niece and her husband adopted their fur baby Layla (pictured above), an adorable Labrador/Husky mix, it was love at first sight. Through their veterinarian's puppy plan, the spay surgery, microchipping, all her vaccinations and tests were ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 01:45:00 GMT



The cost of pet insurance

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Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 06:58:00 GMT




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