Millions of Pet Owners across North America look to their furry friends for love and companionship. Pets are often considered part of the family and owners want nothing but the best for them. When ones pet falls ill, many owners would rather go into debt than see them suffer.
It is difficult for Canadians to understand the underlying costs of veterinary medicine. In Canada, we are fortunate regarding our own health care so it can be a psychological leap to pay for our pet’s medical expenses.
Due to so many technological advances in veterinary medicine, quality health care for our pets has never been more accessible. Animal care has come a long way and the critical-care specialty has grown tremendously. Today, diagnostic tests and medical services once thought impossible for pets are now routine. Techniques such as Ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans are readily available for our pets across North America.
When your pet has an illness that requires advanced diagnostics or therapeutics, the result can be a huge hole in your pocketbook. Rising veterinary costs are convincing more pet owners to buy insurance.
Vetinsurance, a founding member of the International Pet Health Insurance Association, provides medical insurance for pet owners across Canada.
Unexpected treatment costing three, four, or five thousand dollars becomes accessible for Vetinsurance members. With Vetinsurance, the affordability of care is not the primary concern and therefore pet owners are able to make the best decisions based on the well-being of their beloved four-legged friends.
When shopping for pet health insurance, many owners spend a lot of precious time trying to demystify insurance policies. Similar to all types of insurance, it is a buyer beware environment. Pet owners need to research what coverage each policy offers, what happens as they start making claims, and what happens as their pet ages. Vetinsurance has helped to ease this burden by adding a comparison chart to their website. Here, pet owners can get a quote and compare coverage, co-insurance, premiums, and deductibles of the various pet insurance companies available in Canada.
Regardless of the company or plan a pet owner chooses, pet insurance provides peace of mind and protects pet owners and their furry family members against the significant costs associated with veterinary medicine. Enrolling is just one easy step towards peace of mind.
I was introduced to the idea of insurance for pets on Sept 21, 2007 after my dog Paisley cut herself on a clam while swimming.
I thought insurance was a good idea as accidents and illness are very expensive and usually a surprise. I got insurance with Vetinsurance.
Exactly 1 month later, she was diagnosed with Cancer. She was still happy though and that helped. She went in to have an exploratory operation to see how bad it was. The Cancer was all over her. On November 1, 2007, I had to say goodbye to my best friend, my swimming partner and my puppy. She was 9 years of age and it was a shock to the core of my life.
I put in my claim 1 week later. I was so amazed with how they treated me. In 1 week, I was sent a cheque, a condolence card and my credit card was reimbursed for my next month’s charge as my policy was cancelled by me. They were so sincere when they spoke to me as I was ready to fight with them to get them to pay my bill; I was so shocked with how easy they were to deal with.
I contacted Vetinsurance shortly after with interest in joining them. I flew out to the west coast for training and now I’m working with them as a Rep/Partner.
Losing Paisley was hard and still is at times. I really believe insurance for pets is so important.
I just want people to read and understand what they’re getting when they do get insurance though. The website petinsurancereview.com is a good start when researching insurance companies. It’s an independent third party website with no connection to any pet related insurance company.
What to people do when they don’t have enough money to pay for the cost of a major or even minor surgery? They either have to borrow money or make the decision to put them down, which is heartbreaking.
I made a tribute video for Paisley
Vetinsurance’s website is vetinsurance.com
Scott Baker (Ottawa)