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I just adopted a new puppy and am considering purchasing pet insurance. Should I do this now or wait until she\'s older?

I just adopted a new puppy and am considering purchasing pet insurance. Should I do this now or wait until she's older?

BY: The Dog Daily Expert

The sooner you insure your pet the better, for a few important reasons. First and foremost, you never know when a health emergency may arise. Pet insurance will give you peace of mind, since you'll know you are financially prepared. Over an animal's lifetime, monthly insurance payments should only add up to approximately $6,000 to $8,000. This may seem like a lot, but if you weigh that against full-price medical bills, you'll no doubt experience substantial savings.

Secondly, preexisting health conditions can complicate, or even prevent, your pet from receiving coverage with some pet insurance providers. Dogs may also not be allowed coverage once they go over a certain age.

Weigh various plans carefully and consult with your veterinarian for his or her views. When you decide on a carrier, know that you've just made a positive investment toward the future of your new pet.


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