Pet Insurance Choices
With today's advances in medical care leading to extended wellness and treatments for many illnesses, pet insurance makes sense. Pet insurance is much like car insurance or other indemnity insurance. It's insurance against accident and illness. There are many options for pet insurance. The most common carrier's are VPI, Pet's Best and PurinaCare. However, many insurance companies, such as Farmer's Insurance, offer pet insurance. Please visit the links below to find out which carrier suits your needs and offers the best plan for your companion. Also, check with your insurance carrier to see if they offer pet insurance. Either way, you and your pet will benefit.
Some Questions to Ask?
Are pre-existing conditions covered?
Are congenital deformities or anomalies covered?
Are breed-specific inheritable conditions covered?
Many breeds are genetically or inheritably prone to specific illnesses or conditions. Boxers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,
Dobermans and Main Coon cats have breed-specific heart-related conditions. Large breed dogs are prone to hip dysplasia.
Does the deductible or co-pay remain the same as the pet ages or experiences an illness?
Are there any waiting periods after signing up for the policy?
Will I have to provide medical records?
Are second opinions covered?
Are elective surgeries, such as spays, neuters, or dewclaw removal covered?
Is the insurance provider licensed to operate in your state?
Ask if the provider has a fee schedule or reimburses you based on actual fees charged?
Can you revise your policy and is there a charge for the change?
What is covered for routine dentistry? How often is it covered?
Some pets have dentristry problems that need to be addressed yearly or twice yearly.
In the event of an emergency, what is covered or not covered?
Emergencies can be due to negligence, such as eating chocoloate, toxic plants, medications, foreign objects
(blankets, toys, etc), or may just happen, such as traumatic injury while running or jumping, congestive heart failure, etc.
Can I use any veterinarian?
If I travel, and my animal needs veterinary care, is it covered? What if it is international?
Is there a multi-pet discount?
Are prescription diets covered? Recommended supplements?
Are pharmaceutical medications covered? Generic and trade name?
What if I purchase them on-line or through a pharmacy retailer such as Walgreen's?
Does it cover specialist services?
Dermatologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, internal medicine, and others?
Is cancer treatment covered?
Are alternative treatments and medications covered?
Physical rehabilitation, massage, acupuncture, herbal or chiropractic medicine may be
alternative suggestions for treatment recommended by your veterinarian.
What is not covered?