Lurcher Dog insurance

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Pet insurance for Lurchers

Fallen in love with a lurcher? Here at Purely Pets, we’re pleased to provide pet insurance for many of the nation’s lurcher owners.

Did you know that this slim, athletic dog is the result of breeding between one or more sighthounds, and one or more of the working dog breeds?

The ‘sighthound’ group includes greyhounds, whippets, salukis, and deerhounds. Pastoral or working dog breeds, meanwhile, include the Border collie. Terriers can also make up the working dog half of a lurcher.

The lurcher – a popular pet that deserves insurance

Lurchers, along with whippets, have become very popular pets in recent years. And, here at Purely Pets, we’re not surprised.

Intelligent, loyal, calm and affectionate, a lurcher will make a brilliant family pet, or a companion for a couple or single person.

Here are some key facts about the lurcher breed:

  • Lurchers can come in various sizes and shapes and can weigh up to 32Kg.
  • This dog also comes in a variety of coat types and colours.
  • You might think that their slim, athletic frame means that a lurcher will need lots of exercise. In fact, a couple of 40-minute sessions per day will suit them just fine.
  • These dogs love to sleep, and will happily curl up on any sofa or bed for forty winks!

How long will a lurcher live?

Lurchers usually live to around 12 - 15 years old. Having the right lifetime pet insurance in place means you can get them the help they need when they need it most.

Do lurchers make good first pets?

Some lurchers can have a stubborn streak thanks to that extremely high pretty drive. Therefore, they may not make the best pet for a first-time owner.

Like all dogs, lurchers need to be properly socialised from an early age and the training basics need to be in place early on.

Want to find out more about our Lurcher Insurance/Dog Insurance Product? 

We’ve listed our key benefits below and you can also take a look at our cover levels, customer reviews and awards.

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Why choose Purely Pets

Free 24 hour Vet Helpline for all customers

Free 24 hour Vet Helpline for all customers

There’s no upper age limit

There’s no upper age limit

Easy online claims process

Easy online claims process

Payments made direct to vet

Payments made direct to vet

15 levels of Lifetime cover

15 levels of Lifetime cover

Lifetime Cover up to £15,000

Lifetime Cover up to £15,000

Flexible Excess Options

Flexible Excess Options

Manage your policy online

Manage your policy online

Award winning Pet Insurance

Award winning Pet Insurance

Why you should consider pet insurance for your dog

Like any dog, lurchers can be at risk of developing certain illnesses. They might also suffer an unfortunate accident at any time, requiring vet treatment or even surgery.

This means that some form of pet insurance policy is generally a good idea. Insurance will provide you with financial cover if your dog does ever need expensive medical treatment.

Lurchers are particularly susceptible to the following health problems:

1. Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

Also known as Bloat, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus is commonest in dogs with narrow, deep chests like the lurcher.
It occurs when the stomach fills with gas and starts to become twisted. This leads to circulation and breathing problems, and can be life-threatening.

If your dog does develop GDV, the first thing you’ll notice may be some restless behaviour. They may also retch or heave, but with nothing (or very little) coming up. Excessive drooling is another sign, and your dog may even collapse.

If they show any of these signs, you must get them to a vet immediately. Your insurance policy may help to cover the bills here.

2. Osteosarcoma

The lurcher breed can be at risk from this form of cancer.

Osteosarcoma typically targets the leg bones, but other bones – pelvis, jaw, hips, spine – can also be affected. Swelling, pain and lameness usually result.

If the condition is treatable, this is usually done via radiotherapy or, sometimes, amputation of the limb. Ask your vet for advice on which path to take. Both treatments are expensive, so a suitable pet insurance policy will be a great help here. 

3. Corns

The greyhound, lurcher and similar dogs can often suffer from hard protrusions, known as corns, on the inside of their paws. These will grow over time, and will give your dog some discomfort when walking.

If you notice your dog limping, check the pads of their feet for corns. The treatment for these will depend on how bad they have got, so ask a vet for advice on your next step.

Sometimes, it’s simply a case of flattening the corn down. In other scenarios, surgery may be needed to remove the growth.

Make sure you have some insurance in place to help with the costs of surgery like this.

Health conditions like these are just some of the reasons why a pet insurance policy can prove very useful. A good pet insurance policy can provide cover for the cost of treatment of these (and many other) conditions.

Pet insurance also brings various other benefits, too, besides that financial cover. Further down, we’ll run through a few of the benefits we offer at Purely Pets.

The Purely Pet Promise

At Purely, we’re here to support you. That’s why we offer a 24 Hour Vet Helpline free of charge to all of our customers. Our easy to use online portal ‘Manage My Policy’, enables you to access to your policy 24hrs a day. This provides greater flexibility, allowing you to manage your policy at a time that suits you, so that you can spend more time with your furry friends, and less time managing your insurance. Get a quote

Our Dog insurance cover levels

As award winning pet insurance specialists we’ve designed 15 cover levels to give you the freedom to choose the right level of cover for you and your dog. Just click the options below to find out more.

What is lifetime pet insurance?

When it comes to dog insurance, what are your options? In fact, there are various different types of pet insurance policy on the market.

Here at Purely Pets, we offer one particular form of pet insurance cover, known as lifetime pet insurance. How does this work?

Lifetime pet insurance gives you the most extensive cover possible. Owners choosing this form of insurance policy receive continuous cover for their dog across its lifetime, as long as the policy is maintained.

That cover has a limit for each individual medical condition. So, for example, for your lurcher you might have an allowance of £200 to spend on treating foot ailments such as corns.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus might have a separate allowance. You might be offered a maximum of, say, £500 to treat this condition.

However, the crucial thing about lifetime pet insurance is that these spending allowances are refreshed each year.

So, say you spend all that £500 on treating your pet lurcher’s GDV one year, and the condition resurfaces in the future. No problem: with a lifetime policy your spending will reset to zero, and your allowance will go back to £500, every time you renew the policy.

This means that lifetime pet insurance makes a great choice for any dog at risk of a long-term health condition.

As we have seen above, lurchers can have ongoing health problems. This means that lifetime insurance may make good sense for you as a lurcher owner.

What other pet insurance policies are there?

Lifetime insurance isn’t the only type of pet insurance policy on the market. You could also consider:

Maximum benefit pet insurance

Is maximum benefit insurance the same as lifetime insurance? No: because this time, those cover limits do not reset each year.

Once you’ve spent your allowed £500 towards treating your dog’s breathing difficulties, for example, you won’t be allowed to claim any more for treating that particular condition.

That’s true no matter how many times you renew your policy.

This means that maximum benefit insurance may not be the best option if you have a dog or other pet with an ongoing health condition. You may find that you quickly get through your spending allowance on treating that particular condition.

Lifetime insurance, which gives you a fresh allowance each year, may be a better fit.

Time-limited pet insurance

This next type of pet insurance also features a spending cap for the treatment of each illness or accident. And, like maximum benefit , that cover limit doesn’t reset to zero each year.

However, unlike maximum benefit cover, a time-limited insurance policy specifies that you have to spend your available cover within a restricted time period.

This type of cover can be useful if your pet has a short-term illness. Beware, though, that most insurers will not provide cover for pre-existing conditions. Only health conditions that develop after the policy has begun will qualify for compensation.

Accident-only pet insurance

The cheapest option is usually accident-only pet insurance. This only covers you if your pet suffers injury from an accidental event. If your pet has a health condition or illness, you won’t be covered.

Is dog insurance the only form of pet insurance cover available?

No. Different insurers will offer policies for different pets. Here at Purely Pets, we are pleased to offer cover for both cats and dogs.

In both cases, lifetime pet insurance is the only type of policy we offer. That’s because we believe our beloved pets deserve the very best cover available.

They shouldn’t miss out on the care and treatment they need, simply because a certain limit has been reached or a time period has elapsed.

A lifetime cat or dog insurance policy with Purely Pets will feature the following benefits:

  • Access to a free, 24-Hour Vet Helpline
  • 15 levels of Lifetime cover to choose from
  • Lifetime cover up to £15,000
  • Direct payment to the vet
  • No upper age joining limit – you can take out a policy with us at any time, whatever your pet’s age
  • Policy excess starting from £80
  • Online policy management portal

How do I get a pet insurance quote for my Lurcher?

That’s easy. You can get a quick quote for pet insurance online in a matter of minutes. And remember, our products are 5* Defaqto rated.

If there’s anything else you need to know about our pet insurance policies, check out our introduction to pet insurance.

Got more than one pet at home? You could get a multi pet discount if you protect your pets through us!

Find out more about the various benefits we offer now. Got a question? Find the answer on our FAQs page.

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You can find out more about our Dog Insurance product below and there’s more help available on our FAQs page.

According to the Association of British Insurers report, the average cost of Pet Insurance in 2019 has gone down £8 to £271 annually whilst the average claim has gone up by £29 to £822.

Depending on the type of pet cover you choose, you can be covered for vets bills for accidents, illness, or both up to a fixed monetary amount. Many policies will give you added benefits such as cover for dentistry, loss of pet, third party liability and overseas travel.

We provide dog insurance & cat insurance - at a variety of different levels to suit yours & your pets needs. 

Pet insurance doesn’t normally cover you for any conditions that already exist before you purchase, so always check this if are looking to move to a new provider or if you are taking out insurance for the first time but your pet has pre-existing medical conditions.

There will also generally be an excess (a fixed amount that you contribute to any claim) or a co-payment excess (normally a percentage of the total claimed amount that you will contribute to any claim) on your policy that you will have to pay.

Other common exclusions for pet insurance are breeds listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, cover for elective, routine or cosmetic treatment and cover for illness or accidents within a specified waiting period

So you have decided to get your pet insured, but now you are faced with a number of policies to choose from! Here at Purely Pets we offer 15 levels of Lifetime Cover - allowing you to choose the policy that suits your budget and requirements.

These policies offer cover for accidents and illnesses for the pet’s lifetime. This is dependent upon you renewing the policy each year and keeping up to date with premiums. These are usually the most expensive policies, because they provide the most comprehensive cover.

All of our Lifetime policies offer you a pot of money per year that will cover all accidents and illnesses. We only offer Lifetime cover to our customers as we believe it is the most comprehensive cover available.

Like humans, our pets are more likely to be affected by illness as they get older. This means that every year your insurance premium will increase even if you haven’t made a claim. This increase will be significant if you have claimed.

Purely Pets can provide you with an online quote for your pet in minutes.

With a range of lifetime options available offering vets fees cover from £1,000-£15,000 and the option to choose your excess we can help you find the right cover for you and your pet at a price that suits you.

We also have a specialist Pet Insurance team that you can call to get a quote or discuss your options in more detail.