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If you own an exotic pet, it would be in your best interest to review your liability coverage pertaining to exotic pets. Often time this coverage is excluded or liability coverage is limited.

How does homeowner insurance cover exotic pets?

Owning an exotic pet can be an exciting and unique experience. However, as a pet owner, you’re responsible for ensuring that your pet doesn’t cause harm to others. If your exotic pet bites a friend, who is responsible for the resulting injuries? In this blog, we’ll explore the insurance implications of exotic pet ownership.

Many homeowners’ insurance policies include liability coverage. Liability coverage provides financial protection if someone is injured on your property. However, coverage for injuries caused by exotic pets may be limited or excluded from some policies. Insurance companies may consider these pets to be a higher risk than traditional pets like cats and dogs. As a result, some insurance providers may exclude certain types of exotic pets or require you to purchase additional coverage to protect against the potential risks associated with these animals.

Who would be responsible if an exotic pet bites a friend? 

As the owner of a “wild” pet, you’re responsible for any injuries that your pet causes. If your friend is bitten by your pet, you(alt="ExoticPet1-scaled.jpg") may be held liable for any resulting medical expenses or other damages. In some cases, your homeowner’s insurance may provide coverage for these types of injuries. However, as mentioned earlier, coverage may be limited or excluded for exotic pets. It’s essential to review your insurance policy carefully and speak with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and potential limitations. Some insurance companies have a limit of $25,000 on exotic pet liability insurance but some may exclude it completely.

If you own a nontraditional pet, it’s essential to understand the potential insurance implications and take steps to protect yourself from liability in the event of an injury. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy carefully and consider purchasing additional coverage if necessary. It’s also important to take all necessary precautions to prevent your exotic pet from causing harm to others.

“FAQs – Condo Insurance; Is my dog covered too? | American Family Insurance.” Www.amfam.com, www.amfam.com/resources/faqs/condo-insurance. Accessed 17 May 2023.

Minnesota Homebuyer’s connection (2022) Minnesota Homebuyer’s Connection. Available at: https://mnhomebuyersconnection.com/ (Accessed: March 24, 2023).

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