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Monday, March 10, 2008

Thai insurance covers man and his best friend

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai dogs are now eligible for life insurance, under a new policy that offers payouts to owners if their pets die, a veterinarian said Monday.

About 2,000 dogs have already been granted life insurance policies since the programme began last year, veterinarian Sombat Pipattanamatha said.

Locally bred dogs can receive coverage worth up to 10,000 baht (320 dollars), while foreign pedigrees can get up to 500,000 baht (15,870 dollars), he said.

"Dogs are now like family members, and we think they should be well cared for," Sombat told AFP.

Sombat, who consults with the company that developed the policy, said he is now working on plans that would provide benefits to dogs in non-fatal accidents and that would cover injuries to humans in dog attacks.

Pet insurance is available in other countries, but the idea of providing high-end services to animals is gaining popularity in Thailand as the growing middle class spends more on dogs with fancy pedigrees.

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