Pet insurance for small petsExoticDirect

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Owning a small pet is very rewarding, however as with all pets, they have their own complex set of needs. Ensuring your pet lives in a large enough hutch or cage, has plenty of space for exercising and is fed the correct diet all form part of responsible pet ownership.

As a responsible pet owner, you must also consider how you would pay for vet fees should your pet become ill. Just because they are small doesn't mean that veterinary treatment will be any cheaper than that for other pets.

Pet insurance can mean the difference between the kind of treatment your pet needs, and what you can afford. It can offer peace of mind against unexpected and escalating vet bills which can be daunting should your pet be ill.

ExoticDirect's small mammal insurance is designed for a wide range of small and furry pets. We offer insurance for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats, chinchillas and other small pets.

You can obtain a quote very easily for your small pet(s) by clicking here. Syrian hamster - exotic direct

Policy options

There are two different types of small mammal policies available. Cover is subject to Terms and Conditions. They are as follows:-

Vet fee only policy up to £2,000 per policy year

This offers up to £2,000 in vet fee cover for illness or accidental injury.  Cover is ‘per policy’ meaning that you have up to £2,000 of vet fee cover available under the policy, in a policy year.  You can add up to three pets onto the policy. 

Guinea pig at vet's

Vet fee only policy up to £2,000 per pet, per policy year

This option enables you to cover each pet individually on one policy, for up to £2,000 each in vet fees for accidental injury or illness. You can have up to three pets on each policy. 

To obtain a quote and find out more information about each policy type, click here.

Typical claims

The kind of claims that ExoticDirect paid during 2014 included:

•    £1424 for gastric impaction in a rabbit  
•    £726 for a broken leg in a chinchilla
•    £545 for a urethral stone in a guinea pig
•    £661 for an apocrine cyst in a ferret

Did you know?

•    Rabbits’ teeth grow continually throughout their lives, at about 2-3mm (0.08-0.11in) a week.  Chewing on hay and grass wears down their teeth naturally, helping to prevent them from becoming overgrown – your rabbit should be chewing on hay and/or grass for up to eight hours a day, mimicking their behaviour in the wild.

Ferret - toxic foods•    Guinea pigs need a diet high in Vitamin C, as they cannot produce the vitamin themselves.  You should ensure their food is supplemented with this vitamin to maintain health, guarding against the risk of scurvy.

•    Ferrets should never be given chocolate, grapes, sultanas or currants as these are toxic for them.  

•    Chinchillas are social animals and should be kept with a companion, unless advised otherwise by a vet or animal behaviourist. If keeping chinchillas of the opposite sex together, you should consider having the male neutered to prevent unwanted breeding.

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