"We would urge people to take out pet insurance as part of being a responsible pet owner to make sure they are prepared for unforeseen veterinary bills that may come up from time to time," she commented.
"A lot of people - when they're taking on a pet - don't actually consider how expensive it can be to own an animal.
"If for example you have a cat, potentially you could have that cat for 16 years or even more. That's a long time and things can go wrong and there will be occasions when you need to go to the vet. "
"Really we encourage people to take vet insurance as part of being responsible."
She continued by saying that pet owners need to make sure they are as well-informed as possible before taking on a new animal.
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