At Pinjarra Vets we strongly believe in pet insurance as it offers you peace of mind as it covers some or all of the treatment costs if your pet was ever involved in an accident or suffers a sudden illness.
Unfortunately there is no equivalent of Medicare for pets in Australia, thus often treatment costs exceed what an equivalent problem would cost for a human patient.
Often 24 hr emergency care for animals can cost over $1000 per day? Some surgeries such as repair of fractured bones or exploratory surgery can also add up to thousands of dollars and that does not even include the recovery and aftercare treatment. It is a heartbreaking situation to have to choose between the health of your pet and financial constraints, so for peace of mind we strongly recommend that your pet is insured.
There are many different pet insurance companies with many different policies. We recommend Pet Plan Pet Insurance and offer a 4 week free trial for puppies and kittens between 8 weeks and 12 months of age!
What does pet insurance cover?
Individual packages will cover different types of treatment. Most policies will cover accidents and illness. Some will also cover a percentage of vaccines, flea treatment, and alternative treatment (such as supplements, accupuncture) if recommended by a vet.
You need to consider the differences between policies, in particular the claim excess amount, proportion of treatment costs covered, annual claim limit, age restrictions, pre-existing illness exclusions and policy costs.
We highly recommend pet insurance and encourage you to discuss it with us at your next visit.