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Pet Travel Insurance
When you travel
internationally with your companion animal, it is important to
consider any medical emergencies that might befall your pet while
abroad. Pet travel insurance allows you to take your dog or cat on
holiday without worrying about overseas vet bills. It can be
purchased as part of an existing pet insurance policy or separately.
Different cover level options are available.
Most pet travel insurance companies cover dogs and cats, though some
will have breed restrictions. Though not as common, other companion
animals may be covered depending on the company. Pet travel
insurance pays for required medical treatment and overseas
veterinary bills. If your animal is stolen, it may also cover a loss
of pet. Other things that it may cover but aren't standard to all
companies include holiday cancellation, public liability, quarantine
fees, and accommodation.
If you want to purchase pet travel insurance, you have two options.
One is to find pet insurance that already includes travel in the
policy. In general, this is less expensive than buying a separate
policy. If you don't have insurance for your pet, or if your policy
doesn't cover travel, you'll want to look into a separate policy.
Here you also have choices. One is a monthly policy that only covers
a single trip. If you and your companion animal go on multiple
holidays a year, a yearly policy would better cover your needs.
The cost of pet travel insurance varies based on several factors. If
it is part of an existing policy, the breed of your animal, and the
pet's age will all affect the cost. Existing conditions are unlikely
to be covered by the insurer. Hereditary conditions, which are
prominent in some pedigree dogs, may also be excluded.
There are many companies to choose from. Larger companies that offer
pet travel insurance include Tesco, Direct Line, Sainsbury's, M&S,
AA, Petplan, RSPCA, and Petguard. These are just some of the choices
on the market. To find the company that best meets your needs,
request a quote from several.
If you want to take your companion animal on holiday, you should
consider pet travel insurance options. While not every traveller
will need them, for some it provides peace of mind and financial