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Pet Insurance for Dogs: Is it Worth It?

Policies and plans are in place to protect your gun dog—and possibly your wallet.

Pet Insurance for Dogs: Is it Worth It?

A pet insurance plan may provide you with peace of mind, whether your gun dog is prone to field trauma or suddenly encounters an unexpected medical issue. (Camille Noldan photo)

Whether or not you openly admit to gambling and hedging bets, if you’re training and hunting a gun dog in bird cover or running them in field trials, you are waging to beat the odds that your dog will encounter an injury at some point. Sprains, lacerations, wildlife run-ins, punctures, broken bones, the list goes on. We assume this inherent risk in owning and running our dogs and it doesn’t end with field trauma. As household pets, our dogs may ingest a foreign object or develop a chronic medical condition that requires advanced veterinary care. We do our best to monitor our dog’s behavior at home and in the field, and we train and condition them to avoid preventable...

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