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Episode 16: Pet Insurance

Many people don't use pet insurance to their advantage, and a common, catastrophic mistake is signing up for insurance far too late. When pet insurance is used properly, and started before any potential pre-existing conditions can be recorded, it can save pet owners not only thousands of dollars, but also from heartbreak.

Nicole and Jez discuss the important things to do and look out for when getting your pet insured.


Anderson, S., Stevenson, M., & Boller, M. (2021). Pet health insurance reduces the likelihood of pre-surgical euthanasia of dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus in the emergency room of an Australian referral hospital. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 69(5), 267-273. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2021.1920512

Boller, M., Nemanic, T., Anthonisz, J., Awad, M., Selinger, J., Boller, E., & Stevenson, M. (2020). The Effect of Pet Insurance on Presurgical Euthanasia of Dogs With Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus: A Novel Approach to Quantifying Economic Euthanasia in Veterinary Emergency Medicine. Frontiers In Veterinary Science, 7. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.590615

Guernsey, G. (2002). The benefits of implementing a pet insurance program for clinic staff. The Canadian Veterinary Journal, 43(2), 99.

The Tiny Vet Podcast

By Dr Nicole Su & Jez Watts

A very small podcast about big animal issues. Weekly episodes hosted by Dr Nicole Su (BSc. BVMS MANZCVS Unusual Pets).

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits who are their children.

Presented by Upilio Pty Ltd.

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