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Pet insurance is becoming more and more popular in Australia. 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. There is no equivalent of Medicare for pets, thus often treatment costs exceed what an equivalent problem would cost for a human patient. Did you know that 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 companies that offer pet insurance and we can help you find one that best suits your needs and your pet.
What does pet insurance cover?
Individual packages vary in the type of treatment covered. However, they usually include most accidents and unexpected illnesses.
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.
Just some of the insurance companies for pets are listed with links below, including claim form links (in alphabetical order)
Medibank - http://www.medibank.com.au/pet-insurance
Medibank Claim Form - http://www.medibank.com.au/pet-insurance/pdfs/Pet_Insurance_Claim_Form_31_July_2012.pdf
Petplan - http://www.petplan.com.au/
Petplan Clain Form - http://www.petplan.com.au/Filereference/ServeFileType/4573/Electronic%20Claim%20Form.pdf
Petsecure - http://www.petsecure.com.au
Petsecure Claim Form - http://www.petsecure.com.au/upload/documents/petsecure/PetSecure_Claim_Form%20Update%20_Feb14_v1.pdf
RSPCA Pet Insurance - http://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/
RSPCA Pet Insurance Claim Form - http://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/resources/docs/rspca-vet-fee-claim-form.pdf
Woolworths - http://insurance.woolworths.com.au/pet-insurance
Woolworths Claim Form - http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/afd49610-9dd0-44fd-8c7c-317908dcc4ae/WOOL+0858-2+297x210+Making+A+Claim+V4+SP.PDF?MOD=AJPERES
We highly recommend pet insurance and encourage you to discuss it with us at your next visit.
Last updated 5.5.2015