Pet Insurance: 2016's Best Accident Only PlansPet Insurance
Aug 2014
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Pet insurance won't cover costs for any condition that your pet showed signs of before the start date of the policy. (Medical records or a vet exam might be required to establish your pet's health). But, pet insurance will cover new conditions and accidents. Also, all the pet insurance plans here will cover conditions that your pet might have been born with but haven't showed up yet. These are called hereditary or congenital conditions. So it's still important to get covered!

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Accident Pet Insurance Plans

Injured HavaneseYou can’t predict when an accident will occur but you can be prepared. Accident protection is the core of most pet insurance plans and is one of the best reasons to get pet insurance.  In the event of a stressful situation, pet insurance will allow you to focus on what’s important–caring for your pet, rather than being forced to make difficult and critical decisions based on finances.

What does an accident insurance plan cover?
Accident pet insurance will typically cover veterinary services related to:

◦   Broken bones
◦   Swallowed objects
◦   Poison ingestion
◦   Cuts and lacerations
◦   Bite wounds
◦   Dental trauma
◦   Car accidents

Will my pet be covered?
Some pets may be ineligible for full coverage plans due to age or pre-existing conditions. For these pets, an accident only plan is a great option. Some conditions in which accident only coverage is available may include:

◦   Mixed breed dogs (including hybrids) age 9 or older
◦   Purebred dogs age 7 or older
◦   Mixed breed cats age 11 or older
◦   Purebred cats age 9 or older
◦   Your pet has been diagnosed with or showing symptoms of diabetes or Cushing’s disease

Is there a waiting period?
Insurance providers typically require a waiting period for most plans, usually about 2 weeks. The purpose of a waiting period is to prevent fraud. However, for accidents, some insurance companies only require less than 24 hours of wait time for coverage to start. One main exception to this is orthopedic conditions which will typically have a waiting period of up to six months.

How much will this plan cost?
Generally, insurance plans will automatically cover accident related health care along with other types of coverage. However, many insurance providers will also offer an accident only plan, which is typically cheaper because it does not cover other situations like illnesses. The cost of accident only plans vary by pet insurance company and are dependent upon your pet’s age, breed and location. Many insurance companies will offer flexible deductibles, percentage of reimbursement, and maximum coverage amounts so that you can customize your plan to fit your needs. Customizing these features will allow you to tailor your plan to fit your monthly budget and lifestyle. Cats and dogs become more prone to accidents and illnesses as they get older. Start by getting a quote for your pet–the sooner you protect them with a pet insurance plan, the better prepared you’ll be to manage veterinary bills in the future.