Pet sitting insurance
Booking a pet sitter is a great solution for your pet to stay happy and healthy while you’re away. But who will cover the veterinarian cost if your pet gets unexpectedly sick ? What if your pet breaks something? Find out all about pet sitting insurance and why it’s always a good idea to be covered in case of an accidents.
How does pet sitting work?
Before we dive into pet sitting insurances, let´s first briefly discuss the basics of pet sitting. It couldn't be simpler. The person in charge of looking after your pet, comes to your home to take care of it, or your pet goes to the pet sitters home. This can take as little as one day or as long as several weeks. Pet sitting services range from a simple walk to extended pet sitting at your home or at the home of the host family.
There are two ways to find a pet sitter. The first is to simply ask someone close. Asking a friend or family member for help can help you avoid letting a stranger into your home, which can be difficult for some people. Another advantage, this time for your pet, is that it will not have to get used to being with a stranger. This is especially beneficial for shy pets or pets that are suspicious of strangers.
For all pet sitting options and redirections to more in depth information, have a look at our complete pet sitting guide.
Basic pet sitting insurance
Pet sitters provide care to your pet during your absence and accidents can happen. We always recommend that the pet owner, as well as the pet sitter, have liability insurance in case of damages caused by either the pet or the pet sitter during the time of the pet sitting. If you booked a cattery or a dog daycare make sure that they have valid third-party liability insurance.
The pet sitter
Pet sitting services can range from a simple dog walk to pet sitting in your home for a few days or several weeks at a time. Some pet sitters also offer to board your pet at their place. Beyond carrying out these services, they’re also in charge of your pet’s safety and well-being during the whole time they spend with it. Damage to your home or your pet should be covered by their insurance.
No matter if a cat scratches on the couch or a dog leaves teeth marks on a pair of shoes, damages happen quickly and can be costly. Pet owners ensure that their personal liability insurance covers their pets and, if that’s not the case, should look into pet insurance before leaving their animal in the care of someone else. On top of liability, pet sitting sites like Holidog offer veterinarian insurance in case of accidents that require veterinary care.
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Pet sitting insurance fees
If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance, always make sure to read the small print. On average, pet insurances cost around £10-£20 a month but the costs can vary. Make sure you really get what you need and that your pet is covered in every scenario. Some insurances exclude certain animals, others require extra liability insurance for bigger pets like dogs.
Holidog’s injury coverage
Dedicated pet sitting services like Holidog can offer insurances upon booking a pet sitter. It is, however, always a good idea to look into insurance coverage before finalising the contract. Make sure that your own insurance covers pets or consider looking into pet insurances. At the same time, make sure that the pet sitter is covered by third-party liability insurance.
There are insurances available to cover your pet’s veterinarian costs in the case of an accident or unforeseen injuries. Holidog offers Holivet that covers all veterinary fees that can be booked separately with each assignment. The price will vary according to the number of pets.
Holivet covers everything from surgical interventions, prescriptions, diagnoses and even pet ambulance costs up to £1000 during the period of the contract. Please note that accidents caused by previous illnesses, reckless behaviour such as walking a pet without a leash in dangerous areas and purposeful injuries are not included.