A new survey reveals Brits would choose their pet over their partner, but less than half have pet insurance for expensive vet bills.
If you have a furry friend, then it is vital you compare pet insurance to cover the costs of expensive vet bills, or ongoing medical costs.
The survey by M&S Pet Insurance revealed 42 percent of people would choose their cat or dog over their partner.
The nation's extreme love for their pets was also shown when 63 percent of cat and dog owners expressed they would cancel a date if their pet was ill.
However only 42 percent of dog owners, and 26 percent of cat owners have insurance for their pet.
"Our survey shows that Britain is truly a pet-loving nation,” commented Andrew Ferguson, M&S head of insurance.
"Taking out insurance can avoid the need for large payments when your pet needs treatment.”
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Pet insurance is not only useful for when your dog or cat requires treatment, but can include other benefits such as a 24 hour advice line if you are unsure how to respond to your animal's illness in the dead of night.
Some insurers can advice animal lovers if their pet is in need of emergency medical treatment, or if they will survive until morning.
When comparing different pet insurance policies it is urged that pet owners look at what each provides in detail, as they differ considerably from one another.
Policies will differ depending on the type of pet you have, and also within that group as certain breeds of dogs for example cost more to insure due to them being more likely to catch certain illnesses.
If you have more than one pet it is advised you put them all on one policy as you may be awarded a discount for doing so.
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