Natalie Fraser, DVM
Home to my heart dog, Hudson:
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I did the same thing. VPI pays only according to a schedule of benefits. My Pet Plan premium started out at about $35 per month, and I just looked because they overlooked processing some claims, the premium went from $350 to $687 (dog is now 6). My vet indicates they have a lot less hassle getting claims paid with Trupanion. I have had numerous incidents with Pet Plan where their adjustor (purportedly a vet tech) wants to second guess my vet's treatment. I am looking at them for my puppy. I have it in writing that they do not increase premiums due to age or number of claims - only on costs in the geographic area. i can only imagine what the premium will go to on my 6 year old in the next couple of years.
So, majority says, go with trupanion?
Im looking at about 55 bucks a month with a 100 dollar deductible.
50, with a 200.
To add another on to the mix....I have VPI and have habit for 6 years. I don't get the basics, only for emergencies. I have had some big claims over the years due to freak accidents and never had an issue. One time I had to sendin records on a bitch due to multiple claims...3 skin issues in a row, but when they saw they were unrelated, promptly paid. If my guys were couch potatoes, I probably would do it, but they are active and working. I think it's paid for itself and well worth it.
I think you'll find that most have had good and bad experiences with all. Look for Teds thread. Very informative.
I have three dogs with Pet Plan, which I picked largely based on Ted's analysis. I am about to make my first claim today, since one of my critters had surgery over the weekend to remove a blockage, so I will let you know how that goes.
Susan is right that the premiums can get pricey as the dogs get older. I was looking at what I pay for each dog and the 9 year old is a lot, to say the least.
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If it works for you, go for it, there's no right or wrong answer, plenty of choices, just do your own research, read the fine print in all of them, compare, be sure you understand what is required of you, call and ask, ask, ask but don't take anything verbal as gospel, get it in writing. I have multiple dogs, price does play a factor for me, as well as coverage and reliability. My dogs are right around $200/annual premium each for my dogs ranging in age from 5 mos to 4 years, with Petplan's Bronze, which is 10K limit a year, $200 deduct and 80% co-pay. My oldest (Lab) on the policy at 8 y/o got up to about $300 a year. Geographics plays a part in premiums, I'm in a cheap area. I basically just want major medical to cover the big stuff that is of concern to me, paying high premiums negates the benefits for me, as does paying for insurance that doesn't actually cover what concerns me. Or doesn't pay at all, because I didn't pay attention to the details.
Kim Pfister, Rainmaker Labs
What about Mortality? I carry Major Medical and Mortality on my horses, and am considering it on our dog. She is in training in Tx, and while I wouldnt trade her for the world, we do have a significant amount invested in her via training. I know it is pretty reasonable.. Like $350/yr for Mortality and a $7500 Colic plan on a $15,000 horse... Curious
Brian & Jennifer Tucker
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I have Pet Plan on both of my dogs and have had a couple of claims on the older dog. Pet Plan has been great and paid their share of the claim in a timely manner. You have to submit the vet notes but I have not had them second guess or question the veterinarian.