Caring for your pet without breaking the piggy bank - Desjardins Insurance offers coverage for pets

LÉVIS, QC, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On average, pet owners spend $900 a year on healthcare for their four-legged friends. And when man's best friend gets hurt or sick, pet owners are often faced with painful decisions.

Today, Desjardins Insurance is pleased to offer peace of mind to pet owners should their dog or cat need healthcare. With pet insurance from Desjardins Insurance, owners can now enjoy the pleasure of having a pet without worrying about the financial strain of veterinary expenses in the event of illness or injury.

After talking to vets and pet owners, Desjardins Insurance decided to develop a product that gives a financial boost to pet owners, so they can provide healthcare for their dogs or cats. In some cases, pet insurance may also cover a portion of routine check-up fees. Monthly premiums range from $20 to $65, depending on the animal's breed and age.

"For pet owners, having to spend a significant amount of money at the vet can put a major strain on their budget or even to lead to painful decisions. Our insurance was designed specifically to help them avoid this type of unpleasant situation and get adequate healthcare for their furry friends," said Denis Côté, vice-president of marketing, Desjardins Insurance.

This product was developed by Desjardins Insurance in consultation with Western Financial Insurance Company (WFIC), a subsidiary of Desjardins Group with over 20 years of experience in pet insurance and the insurer of choice among Canadian veterinarians.

About Desjardins Insurance

A unit of Desjardins Group, Desjardins Insurance provides home and auto insurance to consumers across the country and commercial insurance to businesses in Quebec.  With 3,700 employees across Canada, a portfolio of more than 2 million policies in force, gross written premiums of $1.9 billion and assets of over $4 billion, DGIG ranks among the largest P&C insurers in Canada.

SOURCE: Desjardins General Insurance

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Sarah Twomey
Media Relations
Desjardins Group
416-926-2700 or 1-877-906-5551, ext. 2015
media@desjardins.com

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