Only 12 per cent of dog owners take out pet insurance – despite the fact that they could face large medical bills if their pets fall ill, a survey shows.
Allan Burns of Tesco Pet Insurance said: “Sadly this is quite common, more than half of dog owners have taken their dogs to the vet in the last two years. If you are not insured, there is a hefty price to pay”.
According to the Dogs Trust, the average dog lives for between around 14 years and costs about £1,000 per year to keep.
Tesco Pet Insurance is offering a 20 per cent discount to those who apply online.
It offers two levels of pet insurance, one that covers up to £2,500 for treating injury or illness and one that covers up to £4,000.
Earlier this month actor Neil Morrissey launched a nationwide adopt-a-dog campaign, aimed at helping dogs that had been abandoned.