Pet Insurance – The Facts
Many veterinarians and pet lovers would agree that pet insurance is the way to go. This fast growing industry is testament to the product demand of today. The fact is; this industry was incredibly limited 10 years ago, particularly in comparison to the options available today.
Interestingly it is mainly the younger generation who are more likely to invest in pet insurance. According to the Pet Ownership Australia document, 20% of Gen Y has pet insurance for their cats, and 27% for their dogs. In comparison only 12% of pet owners in the Baby Boomers generation have pet insurance for their dogs and only 9% for their cats.
“Over the past five years, in particular, the pet insurance sector has been busy booming!” Nadia Crighton Pet Insurance Australia spokesperson says.
“This is no surprise when you consider the quality of treatment options available to our pets. It’s simply breathtaking the advancement in modern veterinary medicine, with many procedures once exclusive to the human sector now readily available to the pet industry.”
So what are some tips when considering pet insurance?
1. User Friendly
Look for a pet insurance company that is easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to deal with! Pet Insurance Australia (PIA) now offers a Pet Portal to help their clients.
“This is an Australian first and pretty impressive. You can make and manage claims, update payment and personal details plus download policies. All of this at the click of a button! Features like this really speak to the modern day pet owner who is pushed for time, particularly when dealing with a sick or injured animal,” Nadia Crighton says.
2. Easy to Understand Policies
Look for policies that are easy to understand and spell everything out in black and white. Make sure you read your policies and fully understand everything that you are covered for. Most companies have customer service lines. Make the call and check all of your needs are covered. Have a checklist of questions before you call. This will make sure you have covered all bases.
Research your possible pet insurance company and their underwriters. Do they have a good reputation? Do they care about the pet industry? Are they actively involved in the pet industry or is it just a business venture? Chat to your vet, or people you know who have pet insurance. Google search the company, read their websites and make an educated decision based on research.
4. Puppies & Kitten
Purchasing a pup or kitten? Think about pet insurance before you buy. Many people only sign up once something has gone wrong. Be prepared, and get fully insured before your furry baby arrives home.
• In a 2013 study it was estimated that a whooping 25 million pets resided in Australia! Meaning in the 7.6 million homes across Australia, nearly 5 million of those owned a pet.
“We have one of the highest incidents of pet ownership in the world.”
• Our pets, in particular cats and dogs, have become a very important addition to our families, and we want to care for them the best way possible. It’s no secret that some veterinary treatments can cost thousands and thousands of dollars.
• Pet insurance is affordable, there are packages to suit any lifestyle and budget, and it just makes sense that we protect those we love by ensuring their care can be managed if needed.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the Routine Care option, pet insurance also assist towards:
• Heart worm control
• Dew claw removal
• Prescription diets
• Dog training (at recognised training centres)
• Teeth cleaning
• Council registration fees
• Alternative therapies
• Cremation / burial
For more information contact:
Nadia Crighton – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact information: Nadia Crighton, Pet Insurance Australia, 95 Sixth Road, Berkshire Park, New South Wales 2765