How to Save on Pet Insurance

Three types of pet insurance can help offset emergency veterinary bills and sometimes even cover routine care.

A veterinarian tends to a dog in a vet office.
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Veterinary care — especially emergency care — can be expensive. Emergency vet visits for dogs and cats can range from $150 to 5,000 on average, according to MetLife, though even higher emergency bills aren’t unheard of. (A friend of this writer recently spent $16,000 on emergency veterinary surgery after her dog swallowed a large stick.) 

“If the cost of an emergency veterinary visit or serious illness would be a financial strain, consider investing in pet health insurance while your pet is healthy,” said Lori Bierbrier, senior medical director at the ASPCA.

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Daniel Bortz
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Daniel Bortz is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Consumer Reports, Newsweek, and Money magazine, among others.