Dog Insurance Comparison
Comparing dog insurance
Comparing dog insurance can be confusing, especially if it's your first time. There are a wide variety of different pet insurance companies offering different types of policies, so how can you compare dog insurance to make sure you choose the right one for you?
Choosing the right pet insurer can be the difference between saving your dog's life and saving the pennies on vet bills. We all want what is best for our pet, but we don't want it to break the bank. It is advised that you compare the insurance policies available for your dog so that you can make sure you're choosing the one that suits them best. The cheapest option available might not necessarily be the best in the long run.
When using comparison sites, it is worth noting that not every company that offers pet insurance will be listed on these sites. You might want to try a few different websites to ensure you are being offered the best deals.
With the majority of companies, you will need to enter basic information about your dog and yourself. You will need to know what breed your dog is, whether they are a pedigree or not, how old they are, their microchip number (if they have one) and how much you paid for them. If you paid for your dog, you will need a valid receipt for proof of purchase, as in the event of death, your insurance company may not be able to cover the exact cost of purchase without it.
What to look for when comparing dog Insurance
When looking at the different policies on offer, the three most important things to note are:
- Type of cover: These have names such as 'Max Benefit', 'Time Limited', 'Accident Only', and 'Extra'.
- Vet Excess Fee: This is how much you, the pet owner, will have to pay on any claim you make. So if your excess is £65 and your vet bill comes to £200, you will have to pay the first £65, and will receive £135 back from the insurance company if an eligible claim has been made.
- Vet Fees: This is what your insurance company will pay for vet fees. It will specify whether it is 'per condition' or for all conditions claimed for.
A 12 month policy may cover up to £3,000 in vet fees and will have an excess fee - for example £75. This means if you were to make a claim for your pet that costs £3,000, it should be completely covered (although you would need to pay the excess fee with each claim). However, if you had to make a claim that would cost £3,700, you would have to pay the extra £200 yourself, as well as the £75 excess fee. At the end of the 12 months, if you decided to renew your policy, your vet fee costs should also be renewed, and you should be able to claim up to £3,500 in the following 12 months.
This example is for illustration purposes only, and actual figures may differ depending on individual circumstances. Insurance Terms of Business apply.
It is good to compare all three factors when looking at pet insurance, as well as the cost of the pet insurance itself. You might only be paying £3.99 a month for your pet insurance, but the excess fee could set you back £95, and vet costs may only cover up to £1,000. Only you can decide which policy is best for your dog.