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12 Crucial Insights for Protecting Your Furry Family Members

Did you know that today is National Pet Day?

One thing is certain: we love our pets. The American Pet Products Association esti-mates that in 2016, pet owners will spend a record $62.75 billion on their dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other domestic animals. This is not just because we are pampering our pets more, although that is certainly part of it; it is also because the overall costs of pet care are increasing, from the food we buy to veterinary visits.

So what happens to your pet when you pass on? How can you be assured that one of your friends or loved ones will adopt your dog or cat, let alone pick up the tab for their ongoing care and feeding? Just like anything else, it is a matter of planning; if you do not plan for the care of your pet when you die, who will?

If you are like most pet owners, you want to believe that your dog, cat or other beloved pet will be okay once you are gone. The only way to be certain, however, is to plan for it. Let us look at 12 key insights to help you and your family plan for the future well-being of your pet.