Insurance for pets has been on the rise in recent years, and is now an over $1 billion industry representing millions of pets nationwide, but many critics say it’s not worth it. The Onion looks at the pros and cons of getting pet insurance.


PRO

Another joyful bureaucratic labyrinth to navigate.

Entitles you to free replacement if your pet is broken, stolen, or water-damaged.

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Studies show gerbils lead much more fulfilling lives if they know they don’t have to worry about an illness driving them into bankruptcy.

Sense of relief that comes from knowing that when your pet needs surgery, your insurance will cover roughly 8 percent of the cost.


CON

Can stick needles in our pets for free.

Cat not really worth the money.

Most plans don’t cover glasses, which is a real shame, because that would be very cute.

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Delays teaching kids the lesson on mortality that puppy was originally intended to provide.