Three facts about pet care in the Philippines. One, the number of pets per household has increased in the last three years. Two, we love our pets so much we worry about them when they get sick or injured. And three, unplanned veterinary expenses can lead to a lot of worrying – for your furbaby and your household budget. How do you get some peace of mind about your furbaby’s health and well-being? We’ll answer this question. But before that, let’s go over these facts.

We love our cats and dogs, and the numbers reveal it. According to the Fรฉdรฉration Cynologique Internationale, in the Philippines:

  • 67% of households have one or more dogs – that’s the highest number in the Asia-Pacific – and 43% have cats;
  • 11.6 million dog owners stay with 10.8 million dogs (of which 1.57 million are registered purebred) in their homes – and that’s just a 2020 figure;
  • The number of dogs registered as furry family members increased from 94,000 in 2020 to 137,000 in 2022. Presumably, the number of cats followed the same trend.

Note that these figures do not even include unregistered dogs and cats adopted indoors and then rehomed, those rescued and then rehomed, or those whose feeding and veterinary care are supported by volunteers through their own money or through donations and fund raisings.

Our pets are part of the family, and we worry like crazy when they get sick or injured. The figures above also don’t cover the level of care pet owners show on social media, as when they share on Facebook groups their beloved pets’ pics and vids, give tips on specific pet care problems (new puppy, kitten, diet, play, etc.). They also share a lot about pets who need to be rescued and cared for.

Like any family member, our fur babies deserve professional medical care. Many of us have heard stories about how much a fur parent had to spend on a beloved dog or cat’s hospitalization fees, and those about being short on funds that a fur baby had to forego treatment and consequently suffer.

Fur parents who really care about their pets know that veterinary expenses can be worrying especially when they affect your budget. Since not every household has funds for veterinary care – from routine tests and procedures (blood tests and stool tests, vaccinations, anti-rabies shots, neutering, spaying, etc.) to specific treatments (such as those for distemper, heartworm, parvovirus, etc.) – there has to be an affordable way to cover veterinary expenses.

BDO Insure – keep your fur babies covered while staying within budget

Here’s what you need to know about BDO Insure:

  • BDO offers affordable pet insurance to safeguard the health of your fur babies in case of out-of-budget emergency veterinary expenses, which may reach unexpected costs. As such, BDO Insure offers financial protection to fur parents.
  • It’s affordable and customizable pet dog and cat insurance plans that offers financial protection to fur parents.
  • Starting at P560, you can insure your fur babies against accidental injuries, including bone fractures, poisoning, or burns. Insurance ranges from P15,000 to P30,000 per accident (up to five incidents) under Plans A to D.
  • Pet dogs and cats aged 3 months to 6 years are eligible when kept as household members and not used for commercial purposes (including racing and breeding).
  • Pet owners can apply by providing their pet’s immunization/ vaccination record or pet book, veterinary clinic, veterinarian’s name and license number, and photos.

Rest assured your fur babies are insured. Get your fur babies the professional veterinary care they deserve, without worrying about your household budget. Get BDO Insure now. Get the details at www.bdo.com.ph/bdoinsure/pet.

BDO Insure is a registered trademark of BDO Insurance Brokers, Inc., an insurance broker licensed and supervised by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines. Clients can email at bdo-insure@bdo.com.ph or call at +63 (2) 8838-2364 or 1800-10-8382364 (Domestic Toll-free; available Mondays to Fridays, except holidays from 8AM-6PM). They can visit BDO branches where representatives are based.

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