Wednesday 7 December 2016

Beware the real costs of providing insurance for your pet

Peter Wedderburn

Published 27/10/2015 | 02:30

Irish pets are now able to avail of MRI scans and even chemotherapy
Irish pets are now able to avail of MRI scans and even chemotherapy

As Irish society has become more urban and anonymous, people have become closer than ever to their pets. The undemanding company of animals offers solace in a hostile world. And as pets have become more important to people, owners are keener than ever to do everything possible to keep their animal friends alive and well.

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Irish pets can now avail of a standard of healthcare that surpasses that available to many humans in the poorer countries of the world.

MRI scans, brain surgery and the latest chemotherapy for cancer are widely available, with minimal waiting lists. There's one catch: the price tag. There are no medical cards for pets, and while charities such as the Blue Cross make sure essential veterinary care is available to every animal in need, their clinics are not able to fund the pricier treatments and surgeries.

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