Many pet owners are prepared for the costs of annual vaccinations, worming and regular flea treatments, but never expect to end up in emergency after their dog has been involved in an accident, ingested a toxin or come down with a sudden illness.
Unfortunately, many pets owners are unable to meet the costs associated with treatment and sadly have to elect to have dog euthanized.
There are no government subsidies or Medicare payments to help pay for treatments of animals. Pet insurance may be your safeguard against this and can help take the pressure of high and unexpected veterinary bills.
When deciding on which pet insurance policy is best suited to you, some factors that you should consider include:
- Cost of monthly premium
- Type of cover it provides (accident, illness, comprehensive)
- The annual limit on claims
- How much is the excess? i.e. how much you will pay out of your own pocket
- What extras are included (e.g. boarding fees, flea, tick, heartworm control)
- The age limit on joining. Older dogs maybe considered a higher risk and some insurers will not insure pets over the age of 8 or 9.
We recommend that you research the options out there, including reading the Policy Disclosure Documents and speaking with other dog owners you may know about their experiences to find a policy that best suits you and your dogs needs.
Purina Vet Adviser
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.