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Brits value pets’ health above their own

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18/08/2008

There is nearly twice the number of health insurance policies for pets in the UK than there are for people, according to Tesco Pet Insurance.

Last year, 23% of the UK’s pet population was insured whereas only 12.2% of the UK human population had private medical insurance.

The research proves that UK pet owners are amongst the most caring in the world, with the largest population of insured pets after Sweden.

Former president of the Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons Ewan McNeil said: “We are a nation of animal lovers, and many of us regard our pet as part of the family. I’m not surprised that pet insurance is becoming so popular as people will do everything they can to ensure the best for their pets.

“Veterinary healthcare has made great strides in the last few years offering highly sophisticated treatment for a huge range of animal ailments. Pet insurance helps owners choose the best treatment for their pets without worrying about costs.”

Allan Burns, head of Tesco Pet Insurance, said “I’m not surprised by these findings. We have known for a long time that Brits are pet mad.”

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