A Pet Is For Life

The average lifespan of a dog can range from 4 years to just over 12 years depending on the breed. Therefore, getting a pet requires significant thought and planning and there is a lot of things to consider.

Lifetime cost of a dog

Dogs don’t come cheap. It is estimated the average breed of dog costs its owner around £1,875 a year. Not only is pet food pricey but you can expect a few unforeseen trips to the vet. It is also a good idea to do some research and be aware of health conditions that are more prevalent in certain breeds as this may result in expensive vet bill.

There has been a big trend in the last few years for flat faced dogs such as French bulldogs and pugs who can suffer from respiratory problems caused by their short noses. Ensure you have thoroughly reviewed your finances and plan ahead, so you know you can truly afford owning a pet.

Consider pet exercise needs

If you choose to get a pooch, depending on the breed it will have certain exercise needs. For example, a boxer will need a lot of exercise compared to say a chihuahua. This needs to be factored into your daily routine and you need to consider if you can fit this into your lifestyle.

Consider breed temperament  

For those looking at getting a dog, if you have children at home you need to be mindful of the temperament of the breed you choose to buy. Make sure you do your research and find a pet that suits everyone in your household.

Sharing your life with any pet can be a wonderful thing, but new owners should be mindful and ready for that lifelong commitment. Over recent months we’ve seen a surge in unwanted pets either being sold online or entering rescue centres so think carefully before you commit to buying a new pet. If you do decide to go ahead and get a pet, don’t forget you can protect them with Co-op Pet Insurance.

Adoption discount

Get a 2.5% discount if your pet is adopted from a recognised animal charity or rescue centre. This introductory discount applies for the first year only and is subject to minimum premiums.

Co-op Membership discount

Co-op Members get 5% discount on all policies or 7.5% discount if your pet is adopted from a recognised animal charity or rescue centre. This introductory discount applies for the first year only and is subject to minimum premiums.

 

Co-op Pet Insurance is administered by Insurance Factory Limited