Health costs are not only expensive for humans, but for pets as well. The cost of animal medical treatments can easily soar into the thousands, depending on the severity of the illness or accident. Thanks to technology, x-rays, MRI’s, ultrasound and other diagnostic procedures are available due to advancements to medical diagnostic equipment for animals... but even those advantages come with a price! Treatments and procedures that we normally associate with humans are now being practiced on cats and dogs. Such treatments and procedures include dentistry, eye care, pacemakers, hip replacements, massage treatment, acupuncture and even holistic treatments. I’ve been told that the tuition costs for a veterinarian student are the same as the tuition costs for human medical students.
Pet health insurance is available in Massachusetts, but that wasn’t always the case. I am not sure if it is available in all states. If you are interested in coverage for your pet in other states, you should inquire with your veterinarian.
Several carriers offer pet health plans with different available options. Most plans offer traditional care for your cat or dog. Veterinary care, emergency treatment, surgery and treatment for illnesses are some of the conditions covered, as well as prescription drug coverage. There are different deductible options and coverages and some plans can be customized for your pet.
Some of the carriers, just to name a few that offer coverage are: Petplan, Trupanion, Petsure and VPI Pet Insurance. Just like human medical insurance, you should compare carriers, plans, options, deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance.
Your pet is your companion and family member. It can be very stressful, both emotionally and financially, when your cat or dog is ill or has an injury. Weighing out several plans and options can help determine if pet insurance is right for you.
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