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Furry Friends

More companies are offering health insurance for pets.

This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As veterinary treatment becomes more sophisticated, the cost ofmedical care for is rising. Many people are purchasing petinsurance, and a growing number of companies are including it intheir voluntary offerings to employees.

Pet insurance covers the cost of animal care in much the sameway that a major medical policy covers people's -carecosts. Bill Gorman, group sales manager for Veterinary PetInsurance Co. in Brea, , says VPI's basic policyhas a $50 deductible, then pays 90 percent up to a specificschedule.

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