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Breeders want their puppies to live the best lives possible, which is why they take great care to raise each puppy right. From infancybreeders provide their puppies with highquality nutrition, socialization techniques, and – eventually – the best home. Breeders choose to invest time, love and resources, so why not invest a little extra protection during the time in a puppy’s life in which he’ll find the most troubleBreeders are discovering the advantages of enrolling their puppies in pet insurance before they even leave for their new homes.  

Why Purchase Pet Insurance for Your Litter?

Pet insurance provides pet owners with the ability to choose the best medical care for their pup – without worrying about the cost. Purchasing pet insurance for puppies in each litter can help: 

Attract responsible buyers – Potential puppy buyers are attracted to breeders who go above and beyond for their litters. Health testingquality breeding, and providing health benefitssuch as pet insurance, promote confidence in your kennel.  

Protect your puppies – For some puppies, the first year can be a doozy. They manage to stumble into trouble around every turn and are on a firstname basis with their veterinarian by the time they turn a year old! After one or two litters, breeders may have recognized that even the most responsible new owner may run up some hefty vet bills from unexpected accidents and illnesses. For this reason, many breeders are choosing to enroll each puppy in their litter with a full-term pet health insurance policy for their new owners.  

How Does Pet Insurance Work?

Pet insurance is similar to human health insuranceIt can help make dog ownership easier by offering reimbursement on veterinary bills for a variety of conditions that may affect a dog in his or her lifetime. Because AKC Pet Insurance offers customizable coverage options, breeders can pick and choose the coverage they want that fits within their budget. Breeders can enroll puppies over the age of 8 weeks old and choose coverage for accidents, illnesses, routine wellness carealternative treatmentshereditary conditions and more. 

Should a breeder need to use the pet insurance before the puppy has been sent home, the breeder can easily be reimbursed for eligible conditions. Take the puppy to the veterinarian and pay for the vet visit as normal, file a claim with the insurance provider, and wait for reimbursement of eligible expenses.  

Two Tibetan Spaniel puppies playing in the grass.

A Cost-Effective Benefit

Because breeders can receive discounts for purchasing full-term policies on each puppy in the litter, they can provide pet insurance to new owners who choose to purchase one of their puppies, without spending a lot.  

Discounts – AKC Pet Insurance offers a 10% discount on full-term policies for puppies coming from breeders who participate in the AKC Breeder of Merit or Bred with H.E.A.R.T programs. There is also a 5% multi-pet discount applied to any breeder who enrolls more than one puppy in a policy. *  

Customizable Coverage – Customizable plans allow breeders to choose their coverage amount, deductible and policy limits.   

Budget-Friendly Premiums – While the cost of the policy for each puppy will depend on the coverage chosen, plans can start as low as $15 a month before applying any breeder discounts. 

Added Protection for Peace of Mind

Bringing a puppy home is a big commitment, but giving new owners protection against unexpected vet bills can help make the first few weeks a little less daunting. Breeders who go above and beyond for their litters have healthier puppies and often attract responsible, loving puppy buyers. Pet insurance is one of the best investments in the future of every puppy! 

*Not available in all states.  

Plans and coverage vary by state. See plan terms and conditions for a full description through PetPartners, Inc.  Coverage is administered by PetPartners, Inc. to all U.S. residents and is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, 485 Madison Ave. 14th Fl. New York, NY 10022, or American Pet Insurance Company, 6100 4th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98108.  

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