Sainsbury’s Bank reminds dog-lovers about pet insurance

As Crufts gets underway at the Birmingham NEC Arena, owners of pedigree animals are being reminded about the importance of arranging adequate pet insurance cover.

According to research from pet insurance provider Sainsbury’s Bank, the average owner of a pedigree dog will pay £537 per year to look after them each year, while pedigree cat owners typically shell out £427.

However, this figure drops markedly for owners of cross-breeds.

People with cross-breed dogs spend approximately £430 per year, while cross-breed cats can look forward to around £319 worth of pampering.

In spite of the financing outlay, Steve Johnson, head of pet insurance at Sainsbury’s Bank, cited research that indicated 88 per cent of all dogs and 82 per cent of all cats in the UK are not currently covered by a pet insurance policy.

“With vet fees easily running into hundreds or thousands of pounds, it can be false economy to do without insurance,” he warned.

“A good quality policy does not need to be expensive.”

The Crufts dog show runs until March 11th 2007 and is expected to feature more than 25,000 pets from across the globe.

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