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What is Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance helps cover the costs of veterinary bills, which can add up to thousands of dollars annually. It allows you to manage the expenses of both routine and emergency vet visits without paying out of pocket.

How Does Pet Insurance Work?

Pet insurance is similar to human health insurance with features like deductibles, co-pays, maximum coverage, premiums, waiting periods, and exclusions for pre-existing conditions:

  • Deductible: The amount you pay before insurance covers the rest. There are per-incident and annual deductibles.
  • Co-pay: The percentage you pay after the deductible. For example, with a 10% co-pay, the insurer covers 90% of the bill.
  • Maximum coverage: The limit the insurer will cover. Some plans offer unlimited coverage.
  • Premium: The monthly payment for the insurance plan.
  • Waiting period: The time before coverage starts. Illnesses or injuries during this period are not covered.
  • Pre-existing conditions: Conditions existing before coverage starts are generally not covered.

What Does Pet Insurance Cover?

Coverage varies by provider and plan. Common coverage options include:

  • Preventative/wellness care
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Dental care
  • Unexpected illnesses and injuries
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgeries
  • Hospitalizations
  • Medications, supplements, or prescription food

For pets at higher risk due to breed or age, consider plans covering breed-specific and genetic conditions. Note that most plans do not cover pre-existing conditions.

Can Pet Insurance Save You Money?

Vet bills can be costly, potentially leading to debt. Paying a monthly premium now can save you money on large, unexpected expenses later.

To find the best option for your pet, review our list of top pet insurance companies and shop for quality coverage that fits your budget.

Tips

  • The most comprehensive care packages include coverage for accidents and routine care.

Top Picks

  1. Lemondade
  2. Spot

Sources

  1. getodie.com – Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Insurance
  2. thezebra.com – Average cost of a vet visit for dogs: Must-know facts and …
  3. buzzfeed.com – How Pet Insurance Works And What You Should Get
  4. be.chewy.com – Pet Health Insurance: What Every Pet Parent Needs to Know
  5. reddit.com – My vet charges me an $80 fee just for an office visit. Is this …

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