Because of their large size, having a Great Dane in the family can be an expensive proposition. They eat more, require extra large bedding, super-sized crates, bigger collars, and harnesses, the list goes on and on.
Likely one of the largest expenses associated with these gentle giants is the cost of veterinary care. While all breeds require routine visits to the vet for vaccinations, oral hygiene, and check-ups, your Great Dane is prone to some medical conditions that are less routine, more complex, and significantly more expensive to treat.
Great Danes are much more prone to gastric torsion (bloat) which is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment. Their large size puts them at greater risk for hip and joint problems, and their unparalleled counter surfing abilities make them more likely to get into things that are not good for them.
What does all this mean?
It means that your Great Dane may at times require expensive and emergent medical treatments that can severely ‘ding’ your bank account. A single visit to the emergency vet can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Many Great Dane owners mitigate this financial risk by purchasing pet insurance, but purchasing an insurance policy for your ‘little’ bundle of joy is not something to take lightly.
Oftentimes, giant breed policies are more expensive than others and there are many different types of coverage; everything from wellness and accident coverage to comprehensive policies that cover an impressive array of medical procedures and emergencies. There are also varying deductibles, premiums and providers from which to choose. The bottom line is: choosing the right policy for your pet can be a little overwhelming.
Fortunately, someone else has recently done the research for you. Consumersadvocate.org has put together a comprehensive guide to pet insurance providers that is a great place to start. It will help you to avoid many of the pitfalls of buying pet insurance, help you decide on policies and coverage options, and allow you to make a more informed decision.
Check out their comprehensive guide to pet insurance here and let us know if it was helpful. We always appreciate your feedback!