Insuring your puppy
Getting a puppy is an exciting time and PDSA has the following tips to make sure the experience isn’t spoiled by illness or worry:
- Make sure you’ve thought about all your puppies welfare needs – find more information about this on our puppy and dog pages.
- Different dog breeds have different energy levels and temperaments. Choosing the best match for your family and lifestyle will make it easier to meet their welfare needs and make ownership more enjoyable.
- Finding the right place to buy a puppy is an important decision as their start in life can have health and welfare repercussions for later life. We recommend rehoming and warn against disreputable dog traders. Find out more about where we recommend you get your puppy from.
- While your puppy is young, they can easily pick up diseases and if they become unwell can deteriorate rapidly.
Whether your puppy picks up an infectious disease, has inherited a genetic condition or needs behavioural advice, pet insurance can help you get your puppy back on the road to recovery. Always read the policy terms and conditions to fully understand any exclusions.
In the first few weeks of life, puppies are protected against potentially fatal illnesses by immunity passed on from their mother. When you bring your puppy home, you’ll need to get them vaccinated. Unvaccinated puppies can become very ill and may not survive. Your puppy will need to be vaccinated to be covered by Pet Insurance for these illnesses.
Common illnesses in puppies
This is a very serious infection that causes severe fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Without treatment this disease is usually fatal.
If your puppy catches Parvo Virus, they’ll probably need intensive care for several days. Your insurance would cover the costs of hospitalisation and any ongoing treatment, so long as they have been vaccinated.
Distemper is another very serious disease which causes eye and nose discharge and leads to pneumonia and neurological symptoms.
Puppies with distemper need hospitalisation and intensive care, sometimes for weeks. Treating this disease would be incredibly costly for owners without insurance but, if your puppy is vaccinated, your insurance would cover these costs.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea:
Even minor bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea can be very serious for puppies. It causes dehydration which can be fatal without quick treatment and fluids. There are lots of causes of vomiting and diarrhoea so your vet might need to do tests before deciding on the right treatment.
Treatment can include:
- Fluid therapy
- Blood tests
- Abdominal scans.
Why insuring your puppy is important
Having insurance means your puppy can get the treatment they need and come home as quickly as possible, without you having to worry about the veterinary bill.
Insurance for older dogs
It can be very sad to watch our dogs age and become less active and energetic. However, there are lots of things we can do to keep them comfortable in their twilight years.
Older dogs commonly suffer from many diseases including:
- Joint disease
- Kidney problems
- Dental disease.
These conditions can be painful without treatment and might even mean that your beloved dog doesn’t live as long. We’re lucky that there are treatment options available for many of these conditions that will give your dog many more years of happiness.
Senior pets often need to see vets regularly to monitor medication and treatments. Having pet insurance can help protect against unexpected costs which can be hard to budget for. A policy which covers ongoing conditions such as a lifetime* policy may be suitable, however bear in mind, pre-existing conditions wouldn't be covered. Take a look at our Pet Insurance guide to learn more about the different types of policies available and what to consider.