When it comes to buying pet health insurance, it can give customers great peace-of-mind to know the company they are insured with has been around the block a while and has solid, reputable experience to back them up. Petplan US is one such company as they are the sister company to Petplan UK, which was established in the 1970’s and is the oldest pet insurance company in the world. This allowed Petplan US to build its company on the shoulders of a giant that already had decades of experience; rather than starting from square one, Petplan US was able to jump right in with time-tested policies and market research. Aside from the years of business wisdom from their sister company, Petplan US also had a leg up in customer service as its founders got the idea for a pet insurance company when they couldn’t afford the bill for their very sick cat. From then on founders Chris and Natasha Ashton knew they not only wanted to provide customers with great policies, but also with top-tier customer service that came from caring about pets and pet owners and actually paying out policies. In 2016, Petplan US switched underwriters in order to provide a broader spectrum of policy coverage; unfortunately, this drove the cost of premiums up for existing customers. As such, some customers say Petplan US has slipped in terms of being the best, however, we at Petinsurer believe they just need a little more time to work out the details and will then make a comeback in a big way.
Even though they are working out some kinks right now, we still think they are a great company to insure with due to the range of treatments, ailments, and types of care their policies cover. You want exam fees covered? They take care of that. How about reimbursement for seeing a specialist? Yep, they cover that too. Or what about surgeries, hospitalizations, and outpatient care? Yes, yes, and yes again. In addition, a Petplan policy will also get you coverage for prescriptions, emergency visits, cancer treatments, and alternative therapy.
As with any insurance company, there are a few things that Petplan won’t cover, namely; Pre-existing conditions
Petplan also does an excellent job of offering a range of deductible and reimbursement options. Deductibles can be anywhere from $100 - $1,000 per year, and you can choose between 70% - 90% reimbursement rates. Petplan also has options for unlimited policy limits. Petplan also has kept their waiting periods relatively short with the bulk of policy coverage beginning midnight of the day you signed up, 5 days after policy start for accident coverage, and 15 days after policy starts for illness coverage. Here’s a full list of key info you need to know about Petplan coverage:
|Deductible Type||Per Year|
|Deductible Options||$100 – 1,000|
|Reimbursement Options||70 - 90%|
|Policy Limit Options||$2,500 - Unlimited|
|Lifetime limits||Unlimited up to policy limits|
|Wellness Cover Cost||Not offered|
|Accidents & Illnesses|
|Vet Exam Fees|
|Policy Coverage Starts||At midnight after sign up|
|Accidents||5 days after policy starts|
|Illnesses||15 days after policy starts|
As mentioned, Petplan has a great choice of options for coverage, and here are 3 examples of how much you’ll get back for a covered condition:
Well as you may imagine, the cost of pet insurance depends on a few key variables ; the breed of your pet, their age, and where you live. After that, it’s down to you how much coverage you want, how big (or small) a deductible you want to pay and how much of a reimbursement (the amount you get back after the deductible is paid) you select.
To see all of Petplan’s plan options, click here to compare pet insurance plans, but here are a couple of examples:
|Breed: Golden Retriever|
|Age: 6 months|
|Zip code: 46825|
|$10,000 Policy Limits|
|Plan Cost $27.63 Per Month|
|Age: 3 years|
|Zip code: 72508|
|Plan Cost $41.02 per month|
Petplan definitely has the history and years of experience to help them be a high-quality company, but one thing we love about Petplan is how they help pet owners look ahead and consider policy points that might not be something you would have ever considered. One such point that we love is they offer coverage for if your pet goes missing or was stolen and you need additional monetary resources to deal with it. We know that would be any pet owner’s worst nightmare come to life, so any extra peace-of-mind that you can get in a situation like that is phenomenal. In such instances, it is easy to see how much Petplan really cares about the animals they cover and the owners who would do anything to keep their pets healthy and safe. What more could you want from a pet insurance company?