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One of our clients has asked about purchasing pet insurance for their Australian Labradoodle puppy. Here is some information we have found regarding just that! Check back at a later time as this is at least a two-part issue with more information to come! Here are some links to learn more about various Pet Insurance programs.

http://www.petcareinsurance.com/

http://www.petinsurance.com/

http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/?utm_id=2000

http://www.petsbest.com/GettingStarted/LearnMore.aspx

We also found a great article from PetsBest.com with some good things to know before purchansing insurance. Check out their website for more information.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying Pet Insurance

To be competitive and give you more choices, each pet insurance company offers slightly different plans. And that’s the single biggest reason that you need to carefully compare the options to make an educated decision.

To help in your comparison, we’ve prepared an easy-to-understand description of the most important things you’ll need to consider.

1. Which Deductible Should You Choose?
Choosing a higher deductible will lower your monthly premium, but means your out-of-pocket will be higher each time your pet requires medical treatment. Choosing a lower deductible will increase your monthly premium, but means your out-of-pocket costs will be lower.

Also, is there a penalty for changing plans and deductibles? You should be able to make those changes to maintain your pet’s coverage in times of financial hardship.

2. What are the Policy Limits?
Modern veterinary medicine can be sophisticated and extensive, which can make low per-incident limits

(or low lifetime limits) unrealistic. Choose a plan that covers the true costs of unexpected illness and accidents.

3. What does the policy cover? What are the available options?
Look for plans that cover illnesses, accidents, and optional routine care.

Illnesses – Any illness and accident plan should automatically cover common ailments, but what about chronic diseases like cancer or diabetes? Are they covered, as well? For how much?
Accidents – cuts and broken legs are common and should be covered. In an accident only plan, look for surgical coverages that include removal of swallowed objects and treatment of hernias.
Routine Care – these optional coverages may include such preventive measures as annual exams, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and diagnostics such as blood panels and urine testing.
4. How is Your Reimbursement Calculated when You File a Claim?
This may be the most misunderstood and most important part of your pet insurance coverage.

Reimbursement is calculated in one of two basic ways:

a) either as a fair and straightforward percentage of your veterinarian’s bill (which is the method Pets Best chooses), or
b) as a percentage of a benefit schedule which limits the amount the insurance company is willing to pay (as some of our competitors choose).
The actual reimbursement as a percentage of a benefit schedule can be as little as 30% of your vet bill. Avoid surprises by knowing what you’re buying.

5. Can You Choose Any Vet or Are You Restricted to a Network?
Look for plans that allow you to visit:

The Veterinarian You Choose – Don’t buy a policy that requires you to select a doctor you don’t know from a list. Be sure you’re allowed to visit any licensed Veterinarian.
After-Hours Emergency Care – Illnesses and accidents sometimes happen after normal business hours. Does your policy cover emergency care at
2 a.m.? You’ll also want to be sure your use of an emergency clinic doesn’t reduce the amount of coverage allowed for follow-up care.
Specialists – When your pet needs treatment by a veterinary ophthalmologist (eye care) or veterinary oncologists (cancer), you’ll want to be sure your policy covers specialist care.
6. Who Determines Your Pet’s Treatment?
Pets Best believes you and your veterinarian will determine the best course of treatment for your pet. Choose a plan that doesn’t limit your choices with a complicated fee schedule, or benefit schedule.

7. What is Excluded?
Amazingly, there are pet insurance companies who will not list treatments and conditions that are not covered by their policies. Be sure you ask for specifics about what is and is not covered by your policy so that you know which treatments are available for your pet.

8. Does Your Veterinarian Recommend the Pet Insurance Company?
Your vet’s staff members have heard all the news, good and bad, from other policy holders. Ask which one they recommend.

9. Is the Pet Insurance Company Licensed in Your State?
You’ll have the coverage you need when you choose a pet insurance company that’s regulated by your state government. Choose a company that’s licensed in your state.

10. What Experience Can I Expect?
When you have a problem, or you need help with a claim, a pet insurance company who employs pet lovers who care, and who understand pets, can make all the difference.

We hope that these ten suggestions leave you better prepared to make an educated choice in your pet insurance company, and policy. If you have questions that aren’t covered in this list, please e-mail or phone us at 1-888-899-0402.

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