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More than a third of respondents have pet insurance for theiranimal, and they spend $76.76 on average per month onpremiums.

People sure love their pets—enough to go into debt to cover vetbills, often spending more on pet health care than their own healthcare, according to a LendEDU survey.

Indeed, 24 percent of the 1,000 pet owners polled have gone intocredit card or personal loan debt as a result of health/vet costsfor their pet. Those respondents have taken out on average$1,566.96 in debt to cover an emergency surgery or recurringtreatments for their pet’s health. Some (10 percent) of pet ownerssay they have missed bill payments because of their pet expenses,11 percent have delayed having children and 8 percent say they havedelayed getting married to cover pet expenses.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.