Dog in car More than a third of respondents have pet insurance for their animal, and they spend $76.76 on average per month on premiums.

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

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

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