Insurance for Pet Care Services

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What Pet Care Services Are All About:

There are various pet care professionals that provide services for pet owners whether it’s grooming, sitting, caring for or training pets. If you are a pet care professional working in one of these roles, it is important to consider what risks are involved and how to mitigate them.

Dog Grooming

Dog groomers provide aesthetic, health and cleaning services for dogs. There are several reasons as to why someone would have their dog groomed. These reasons can include cleaning and trimming a dog’s fur for hygiene, health or for show in a competition. Regardless of the reasons, clients will entrust dog groomers to care for their dogs without incident.

Dog Trainers

Dog trainers work to condition dogs to adopt behavioural skills. These behavioural skills can include learning to urinate and defecate outside rather than inside a home, to become leash-trained, to not bark loudly and to not be overly aggressive with other animals. Dogs learn these skills through environmental conditioning, motivational training, award-based training and other methods.

Pet Care

People in this field take care of pets while their owners are away. This care can include having a safe place for a pet to occupy and also having a pet’s basic needs taken care of in the absence of their owner. Pet care can vary and include different services. While one pet care service may only cover the necessities, others may include more extensive care, such as training and providing a variety of opportunities for the pets to play. Furthermore, the extent to which an owner is absent can also impact the type of care needed.

Pet Sitters

Pet sitters often work out of their own home or the home of a client to care for a pet in the absence of an owner. A pet sitter may provide a range of services to clients which can include covering the basic necessities of the animal alongside grooming, walking, cleaning and other services. The services provided will vary depending on the needs of a particular client.

What are the risks of working with pets?

Whenever you are working closely with someone’s pet, there are risks involved that can result in negative consequences. Whether you are grooming, training, caring for or sitting a pet, there is the risk that the animal may be injured or even die while in your care. If either of these situations occur, it is important for you to protect yourself in the event a pet owner wants to sue you. If a pet owner sues, there may be damages to both your reputation and financial future.

Not only can a pet be injured or die while in your care, you may also be subjected to injury. Some dogs may be naturally aggressive and if startled, bite you. If you are injured while at work, you may need to take time off of work to recover which can, in turn, stop you from taking care of other pets. You may also want to file a claim to recover lost wages and to cover medical treatment.

Additionally, a pet may cause damages to your property or other animals. If this is the case, you may need to replace property or pay for medical treatment for another animal. While these risks can indeed be severe, there are several ways to mitigate them.

How to Protect Your Business

Investing in different types of insurance can protect you against any of the aforementioned risks.

Workers Compensation

If you are self-employed, an investment in Workers Compensation can protect you financially in the event that you are injured by a pet in your care and need to take time off work or access medical treatment.

Professional Liability

If you are a dog trainer and provide your client with advice regarding their dog which they later feel has negatively impacted their pet, they may file a claim against you. In this scenario, having Professional Liability Insurance will protect your reputation against anyone who is dissatisfied with your services.

Business Owners Policy

Investing in a Business Owners Policy can assist petcare service employees in protecting their businesses from several different risks. This particular insurance policy incorporates several distinct protections such as property insurance, liability insurance, crime protection and more into a single comprehensive policy. A Business Owners Policy can protect your personal property when you are providing petcare services as well as your business in the event a claim is made against you.

Whenever you are caring for, grooming, walking, training or in close contact with a dog or pet, it is important to be aware of the risks involved and how to mitigate them. By investing in insurance, you are safeguarding your reputational and financial future.

What type of insurance does this industry need?

Policy What is it? Why get it Popularity in your industry Want free quotes?
General Liability
This policy protects your business claims of bodily injury, property damage or advertising and personal injury (aka reputational damage). For example, the oh-so-common "slip and fall" claim would be handled under your General Liability policy. More likely than not, you have a contract, like a loan or a lease or mortgage, requiring you have General Liablity insurance. Even if you don't, this is the absolute best measure you can take to make sure you're covered in case of a law suit against your business.

What is it: This policy protects your business claims of bodily injury, property damage or advertising and personal injury (aka reputational damage). For example, the oh-so-common "slip and fall" claim would be handled under your General Liability policy.

Why get it: More likely than not, you have a contract, like a loan or a lease or mortgage, requiring you have General Liablity insurance. Even if you don't, this is the absolute best measure you can take to make sure you're covered in case of a law suit against your business.

Business Owners Policy (BOP)
Also, known as BOP, this is a type of policy that packages together elements from General Liability and Commercial Property. It may also include elements of crime and EPLI, depending on the carrier. Depending on the eligbility requirements (which vary by carrier). this is a great way for a small or mid-size business to get many of the protections it needs (also listed here) in one policy. It's the simplest way to get most if not all the essential coverage you need for your business.

What is it: Also, known as BOP, this is a type of policy that packages together elements from General Liability and Commercial Property. It may also include elements of crime and EPLI, depending on the carrier. Depending on the eligbility requirements (which vary by carrier). this is a great way for a small or mid-size business to get many of the protections it needs (also listed here) in one policy.

Why get it: It's the simplest way to get most if not all the essential coverage you need for your business.

Commercial Property
This policy protects the business' assets, and is appropriate whether you own or lease your space or work from home. It can be customized in two ways: (1) insure more/less property and (2) insure against more/fewer causes of damage (e.g., earthquakes) If you have a mortgage or a lease, you are likely required to have property insurance. Even if you are not, this is the best way to protect the building you are in and the business property you have in case of a natural disaster or some other accident. And if the business is at fault for property damange? It helps pay those claims too.

What is it: This policy protects the business' assets, and is appropriate whether you own or lease your space or work from home. It can be customized in two ways: (1) insure more/less property and (2) insure against more/fewer causes of damage (e.g., earthquakes)

Why get it: If you have a mortgage or a lease, you are likely required to have property insurance. Even if you are not, this is the best way to protect the building you are in and the business property you have in case of a natural disaster or some other accident. And if the business is at fault for property damange? It helps pay those claims too.

Errors & Omissions (E&O)
This insurance covers a potentially wide range of issues, but specifically is meant to help your company cover potential damages as a result of errors or omissions that occur while performing contracted work. If your company offers advice to clients, it’s imperative that you have E&O Insurance. This will cover claims of negligence, faulty advice and subcontractor errors.

What is it: This insurance covers a potentially wide range of issues, but specifically is meant to help your company cover potential damages as a result of errors or omissions that occur while performing contracted work.

Why get it: If your company offers advice to clients, it’s imperative that you have E&O Insurance. This will cover claims of negligence, faulty advice and subcontractor errors.

Workers Compensation
Workers compensation coverage covers lost wages and medical treatment resulting from an employee’s work-related injury or illness. It also covers services needed to help an employee recover and return to work. This is the law in all 50 states. As soon as you have your first non-owner employee, it's time to get Workers Comp insurance. Not having this insurance can lead to hefty fines, and of course, it means the business has to pay for any workplace injury claims.

What is it: Workers compensation coverage covers lost wages and medical treatment resulting from an employee’s work-related injury or illness. It also covers services needed to help an employee recover and return to work.

Why get it: This is the law in all 50 states. As soon as you have your first non-owner employee, it's time to get Workers Comp insurance. Not having this insurance can lead to hefty fines, and of course, it means the business has to pay for any workplace injury claims.

Umbrella Insurance
When the amount of liability coverage provided by your General Liability, Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability is not enough, Umbrella or Excess Liability coverage can be the solution. Umbrella coverage can be bundled with a General Liability policy or purchased as a standalone policy. This is a good idea for any business considering the astronimical amounts that may be on the line in a law suit.

What is it: When the amount of liability coverage provided by your General Liability, Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability is not enough, Umbrella or Excess Liability coverage can be the solution. Umbrella coverage can be bundled with a General Liability policy or purchased as a standalone policy.

Why get it: This is a good idea for any business considering the astronimical amounts that may be on the line in a law suit.

Hired & Non-Owned Auto
This insurance covers a vehicle that has been hired by a company to be used for business-related purposes, it also covers the passengers inside. If your company hires vehicles or allows employees to borrow company vehicles for business purposes, you will need this insurance. It will cover claims of personal injury and property damage should something go wrong on the job.

What is it: This insurance covers a vehicle that has been hired by a company to be used for business-related purposes, it also covers the passengers inside.

Why get it: If your company hires vehicles or allows employees to borrow company vehicles for business purposes, you will need this insurance. It will cover claims of personal injury and property damage should something go wrong on the job.

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