Pet insurance pays, partly or in total, for veterinary treatment of the insured person's ill or injured pet. Some policies will pay out when the pet dies, or if it is lost or stolen.
As veterinary medicine is increasingly employing expensive medical techniques and drugs, and owners have higher expectations for their pets' health care and standard of living than previously, the market for pet insurance has increased.
Pet insurance companies are beginning to offer the pet owner more of an ability to customize their coverage by allowing them to choose their own level of deductible or co-insurance. This allows the pet owner to control their monthly premium and choose the level of coverage that suits them the best.
Woodland West Animal Hospital clients typically choose one of the following companies:
- Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VIP)
- Our health insurance plans cover illnesses, injuries and accidents. We'll even cover new chronic and recurring conditions at no additional cost. Plus, you can add routine care coverage to any of our insurance plans.
- Pets Best Pet Health Insurance
- Pets Best Pet Insurance has been in the pet insurance business since 2005 and they are known for their incredibly fast claim reimbursements. They have great coverage and our clients receive an exclusive 5% discount. To get a quote or to learn more, please visit www.petsbest.com.
- Pet medical insurance from Trupanion was designed with your furry friend in mind. With no payout limits, you can focus your love and attention on your pets and giving them optimal veterinary care.
- 24 Pet Watch
- 24PetWatch offers a comprehensive range of products and services, including microchipping, insurance and the industry’s largest and most accurate database of pet and owner information
Some of the differences in insurance coverage are:
Source: Pet Insurance
- Whether congenital and hereditary conditions (like hip dysplasia, heart defects, eye cataracts or diabetes) are covered;
- How the reimbursement is calculated (based on the actual vet bill, a benefit schedule or usual and customary rates);
- Whether the deductible is on a per-incident or an annual basis;
- Whether there are any limits or caps applied (per incident, per year, age or over the pet’s lifetime); and
- Whether there is an annual contract that determines anything diagnosed in the previous year of coverage is considered pre-existing the next year.