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Pet Insurance – A Transition Year Students Perspective

Jane Kelly, a Transition year student, from Castleknock Community College joined us for a week and investigated our Pet Insurance product and why you might insure your pet.

My name is Jane Kelly, I am a transition year student doing work experience here in Allianz. I stumbled upon a website called www.petsittersireland.com where I read a survey that stated that 72% of 1500 pet owners surveyed, do not have pet insurance. Reasons for this include:

  • the expense, that it is considered “a waste of money”
  • that pets apparently don't get sick
  • that owners have never thought about it

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Mourning the Sudden Death of Your Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, who is a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to cope with the sudden death of your pet.

The loss of a pet, especially when unexpected or sudden, can be a traumatic event for you and your family.

These deaths can come suddenly and terribly into our lives from road traffic accidents, poisoning, acute illnesses, etc. The first task of mourning, in these circumstances, is to realise and accept that your pet is dead, this can be very difficult. It may feel like it is too much to take in and you may want to deny that it can be true. Or you may feel very angry and want to rush to blame...

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Preparing for the Loss of a Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, and a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to approach the death of a pet.

We each form a unique bond with our animals, caring for and sharing so many experiences with them as part of our day to day life. Our feelings of loss will also be unique, based on our particular experiences with the pet that is dying, and the nature of the bond of attachment we have formed with them.

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Part 1 – Before

Anticipatory Grief

As the words of Marty Tousley state:

“It is a myth to think that dealing with the death of a pet is easier than dealing with the death of a human loved one.”

Loss of a loved c...

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Into the Wild

Why Keeping your Horse in Open Grassy Fields is the Perfect Summertime Home

In theory, the summertime should be the easiest time of year to keep a horse: the weather is generally mild enough so that they can be kept outdoors in grass fields, in small groups, with a type of management closest to the natural type of equine environment. As a result, behavioural issues should be less common, and there should be less need for direct owner involvement. However care must still be taken to avoid problems and to ensure optimal health.

Home Sweet Home

First, the area where the horses are being kept should be assessed to ensure tha...

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Pet Loss Support

pet loss support

By Angela Hickey MVB

Allianz Pet Insurance staff regularly receive phone calls and letters from distressed pet owners who have just lost their companion animal through illness or injury.  When they call to cancel their pet’s policy they often find it hard to say the words “my pet has died.”  A very real loss has occurred and they need the understanding and support of others.  Allianz’s Pet Insurance staff (including 6 registered vet nurses and 2 consultant vets) are very aware of this need and are sensitive to how people are feeling at this difficult time. 

In 2010 Allianz sponsored the publication of the first leaflet ...

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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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As a vet in practice, I am often asked why people should bother to get their pets spayed and neutered. Why not just leave them to be natural? After all, we don’t spay or neuter humans?

There are two broad reasons and they are both worth explaining in detail.  

Population Control

The first reason for spaying and neutering is for population control. If dogs are not neutered or spayed they are likely to breed and, historically, Ireland has a serious problem with unwanted puppies and kittens. Local authority dog pounds in Ireland kill around forty dogs every week. While it is true that some dogs in the pounds may need to be...

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