Dog care — easier than Obamacare
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It tells you everything you need to know about the U.S. healthcare system that you can get more comprehensive coverage for a dog than you can for a human being.

I found this out when I delved recently into the nearly $ 600-million pet insurance market to see about covering our dog, Teddy, a 2-year-old golden retriever/Rottweiler mix that we brought home a few months ago from the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter.

Teddy’s our first dog; my wife and I have always been cat people. Since our kitties stay inside (mostly), we figure it’s a bad bet to spend hundreds of dollars annually per cat on pet-insurance premiums.

But Teddy ventures multiple times a day into the great outdoors, where bacteria, viruses, cars, falls, snake bites and God knows what else are conspiring to do him harm.

Like most pet owners, we wouldn’t hesitate to do whatever’s necessary to help our newest family member. But we took a recent $ 150 visit to the vet for a minor ear infection as a wake-up call about protecting ourselves financially.

Dr. Ed Jordan, a vet at Melrose-La Brea Animal Hospital, told me that far too few pet owners plan ahead for major medical problems.

“Your dog gets hit by a car. He needs $ 7,000 worth of work. It’s that simple,” he said.

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