Pet insurance is becoming increasingly popular in Australia. It offers you peace of mind by paying benefits towards a portion of the veterinary costs if your dog suffers from an injury, accident or illness .
Unfortunately there are no government funded subsidies such as ‘Medicare’, to help with the medical costs of your pet. This means that veterinary treatment costs can often meet or exceed the costs that equivalent treatment would cost for a human patient.
Did you know that 24 hour emergency care for your dog can cost upwards of $1,000 per day? Some surgical procedures, such as fracture repairs, cruciate ligament surgery and abdominal surgery can also add up to thousands of dollars; not including the recovery and aftercare treatment. It is a heartbreaking situation to have to choose between the health of your dog and financial constraints, so for peace of mind we strongly recommend that your dog is insured. Starting insurance when you first bring home your new puppy is highly recommended, to ensure that conditions will not be classified as ‘pre-existing’ (and therefore not covered), and also because puppies are notorious for getting into mischief!
There are a multitude of companies that offer pet insurance; we recommend doing your research to find one that best suits your needs for your dog.
Here at The Dog Clinic, we affiliate with PETCOVER and offer dogs under the age of 12 months 4 weeks FREE insurance (no lock-in contract etc) to get you started!
Pet Cover (formerly Petplan) is a pet insurance company where you pay a $150.00 excess to The Dog Clinic, per condition per year, and they reimburse us directly (less out of pocket costs for you!)
With most competitive insurance providers, you will pay your full veterinary bill up front and wait for reimbursement, often only up to 80% of your money back.
Pet Cover are specialists in pet insurance for dogs, cats and horses, and now exotic animals. Their ‘Covered for Life’ plans are unrivaled in their ability to cover ongoing conditions and their policies are the most comprehensive on the market. For illnesses, injuries, behavioural (often not covered by other companies), chronic, re-occurring or lifelong illness. ‘Covered for Life’ policies will take care of expensive treatment and medications. As one of the leading providers of pet insurance plans in Australia, they’re here to help you through those unexpected moments. Being insured with Pet Cover means that you will not have to worry or hesitate about taking your beloved dog to see the vet. You will be able to seek veterinary assistance without the fear of the cost.