Insurance, prevention can help keep your dog healthy
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Some dogs will eat just about anything, and most aren’t all that picky when it comes to snagging a snack.

No question about it. If it smells foul enough, a dog will do one of two things: Eat it or roll in it.

A plucky little pug from Maryland named Mickey became accustomed to snacking in his owners’ garden. The toxic mushrooms he found will probably be the most expensive snack he will ever eat. After almost $ 3,000 in medical treatments, Mickey walked away with no lasting side effects. And fortunately for Mickey’s owners, they had pet medical insurance that covered Mickey’s medical bills.

According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $ 13.4 billion on veterinary care for their pets in 2011. Pet supplies and over-the-counter medications accounted for an additional $ 11.77 billion.

Providers of pet insurance have grown tenfold in the last decade, but only about 1 percent of Americans purchase it for pet emergencies said Dr. Jules Benson of Philadelphia, vice president of Petplan Pet Insurance.

“We believe as an insurance company that you should be insured for those unanticipated risks,” he said.

Benson is originally from the United Kingdom where this growing industry has gained momentum faster than in the United States.

“In the United Kingdom, 28 percent of pet owners insure their p…………… continues on

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