Dog insurance covers some of your canine buddy’s critical healthcare costs. It can reimburse some or most of the cost of serious conditions depending on your level of cover, such as a broken hip and diseases like cancer. Typically, there are no waiting periods for accidents and minimal waiting periods for illnesses (typically 30 days).
Annual benefit limits, the percentage of eligible vet bills you’ll be reimbursed for, excess or co-payments and optional extras will differ from policy to policy so remember to always check your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to find out exactly how you’re covered.
Depending on your level on cover, dog insurance can cover you for a range of eligible vet costs, along with treatment for injuries and illnesses. You may also choose optional routine care for services like de-sexing, micro-chipping, tick control and obedience training.
Generally, cover can only be taken out after you dog turns eight weeks old and before it turns nine years old. Once insured, cover can be for life – if you maintain cover.
This will vary depending on the level of cover you purchase and your insurer. You can choose between different levels of cover, including;
What’s more, the cost of your pet insurance policy may differ depending on your dog’s health, age, breed, where you live and more. Learn more about the cost of owning a dog.
Are you prepared to pay thousands of dollars for emergency pet care? Could you do it at any time, without warning?
Accident and Illness cover may prevent a healthcare condition from becoming unaffordable to treat, and comprehensive cover can provide additional value as your pet ages.
Just remember: a pet insurance policy is unlikely to cover all your pet care expenses. Check your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) so you know how much your insurance policy covers, and if you are required to pay an excess or co-payment.
Typically, dog insurance excludes the following:
Read your pet insurance provider’s PDS for more information on what’s included and excluded from your policy.
You can cover your pet with an accident and illness or comprehensive cover, your dog will typically need to be insured from an early age because accident and illness cover may not be available if your dog is over nine years of age.
Yes, dog insurance can cover the cost of vaccinations, although it’s typically a feature available on comprehensive policies.