What is pet insurance?
Pet insurance is a plan to help pet owners with the high cost of veterinary bills. Different companies have different plans and costs, but many basic plans will reimburse a percentage of covered expenses after the deductible has been met by the pet owner. However, it is important to note that you must read your policy carefully as each provider may have certain exclusions. Most veterinary practices will have a list of providers that they recommend.
Benefits of pet insurance
There are many benefits to pet insurance. First, having insurance may make you a better candidate for getting a loan for your pet’s veterinary bills. In addition, it will help you in the case of emergencies when there is not enough time to research what the best option for your pet may be. It also helps remove the worry of a large bill you may not be able to afford.
Another advantage is, you will have a higher chance to get a reimbursement from your plan. Many pet owners try to pay their bills with the insurance company themselves however, only pay the deductible. This is not advised as you will miss your reimbursement opportunity.
Criticisms of pet insurance
Pet insurance has its critics.
There are many reasons why some pet owners do not like to use this option. One of the most common complaints is that the policy is too expensive. The vast majority of plans require a monthly fee as well as a deductible payment before it starts paying for veterinary bills. The monthly fee often runs between $10 to $20.
Another complaint is that pet insurance does not reimburse the full amount of a bill. Many pet owners feel that they will be fully reimbursed if they pay their own bills, however, the percentage reimbursement is usually significantly lower than the entire bill.
Insurance can be very beneficial for your pet. The main thing to keep in mind is to read the policy carefully and know what you are paying for.