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Pet Insurance

April 11, 2015

When your pet becomes sick, or suffers from an injury the last thing you want to be worrying about is how you will pay the veterinary bill.


A broken bone or ligament surgery can cost between $1000-$3000, the bone or tennis ball the dog swallowed >$1000, or the cat with bladder stones >$1000. It isn’t possible to prevent all of these mishaps, but it can help the stress levels to be able to make decisions without financial restrictions.

Pet insurance is becoming more and more common in New Zealand with 3 major insurance providers. There are many different plans to cover different types of pets in a bronze, silver, gold type system. Some companies will have limits on surgical and medical claims and some require you to pay a percentage of the claim. This is all reflected in the amount per week you pay. You can now even get trauma insurance for your pets for as little as $2.50 per week. This can for example cover those nasty cat bites that end in surgical abscesses, or road traffic accidents.


It is very important when you choose an insurance provider, that you assess what is covered. Some companies exclude breed specific diseases, or pre-existing diseases. This makes it more beneficial to start pet insurance as early in your pet’s life as possible.


Having been involved in many decisions with owners about their pets and which treatment options are possible, we can highly recommend insurance as a way to provide the best care for your pet. If you have any queries about insurance, or which company to choose we would be only to happy to help.