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We may have the NHS for emergencies but there's no pet version and vets' bills can be sky high, so it's better to pay a little each month so you're covered. You need to find the right level for your pet and check that the excess is affordable. Obviously the higher the excess, the lower the premium, but then you must be prepared to pay that excess.
Ensure there's no time limit on how long you can claim for each illness. If your pet gets a chronic illness where they need treatment for the rest of their life, an annual cover policy will only pay for the first year.
Make sure there's no 'cut-off' age as you want your pet to be covered no matter how long they live for.
Third party cover is, for example, if your dog causes an accident and someone injured sues for loss of earnings. You should call your home contents insurer too as the policy may include your pet.
Like home, car and contents insurance, switching is key to getting good deals so don't stick to the same pet insurance. If you can get a higher level of cover for a better price, why not? Remember, though, that most insurers won't insure your pet for any pre-existing conditions or anything that they've already been treated for, so it's not always worth switching in those situations.
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