WSVN — Doctor Ruben Nasio has seen all kinds of animal injuries.

Dr. Ruben Nasio: “This dog was hit by a car, I fix the leg, now we need to have the transfusion because the dog is 15 years old and it’s very expensive.”

When a pet is injured or sick, the costs pile up.

Dr. Ruben Nasio: “With vaccines, doctor, taking care, dental problems, $1000.”

But investing in pet insurance can help alleviate some of that financial stress.

Dr. Ricardo Caballero: “They cover anywhere between 60 to 80 percent of it.”

Our pets suffer from some of the same illnesses we do many times and the costs to treat those illnesses are astonishing.

A broken leg can cost you nearly $4,000.

What if Fido or Fluffy eats something they aren’t really supposed to? You could be looking at more than $7,500.

If your pet is hit by a car, the costs could skyrocket to more than $9,000.

Dr. Ricardo Caballero: “It can become costly and some pets will not get the medical attention that they really need because of financial reasons.”

The key is getting insurance early.

Dr. Ricardo Caballero: “If you can get medical insurance at an early stage, when your pet is a puppy, you’re going to get a low rate.”

Most pet insurance covers regular visits and vaccinations too.

Dr. Ricardo Caballero: “Remember, this puppy is going to be with you hopefully 12 to 15 years of your life and they can get costly.”

So keep your pet and your wallet healthy.

Remember, ask your vet what their policy is for pet insurance. Most make you pay for their services up front and then you submit paperwork to the insurance company for re-imbursement.

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