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What Does Pet Health Insurance Cover?

Updated: May 2018

Our pets are often considered members of the family. But, the cost of their care can add up, especially if an emergency vet visit arises. Pet health insurance can help make sure your pet gets necessary care without an unexpected expense.

Pet health insurance may include coverage for the following:

  • Accidental injuries
  • Illnesses
  • Breed-specific conditions

In addition, some plans may allow you to purchase additional coverage, including:

  • Wellness care tiered plans, which may help pay for routine care and preventive surgeries, such as spaying or neutering at the basic level. Higher tiers may help pay for dental care, prescription diet food and hip exams.
  • Prescription drug coverage if your pet is on maintenance medication

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How Does Pet Insurance Work?

The Insurance Information Institute (III) states that the cost of a pet insurance policy is typically determined by the animal's age, overall health and the type of coverage you choose to purchase. Like human health insurance, you'll likely pay annual premiums and deductibles with your pet insurance plan. Your plan may require that you pay for veterinarian services up front, and the insurer will reimburse you for covered expenses. Like most insurance policies, coverage limits may apply.

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Choosing a Pet Insurance Plan

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) provides guidelines on choosing a pet insurance plan for you and your furry family members. The association says the plan should:

  1. Allow you to work with a licensed veterinarian of your choosing
  2. Be approved by your state's insurance regulatory agency
  3. Be clear about policy limits, pricing and optional coverages

If you'd like to plan ahead for your pet's expected check-ups or an occasional illness, pet insurance might be worth considering. Talk to your veterinarian about his experiences with pet insurance, and ask if your pet may be at risk for any specific conditions or illnesses. If you know your Labradoodle likes to snack on rocks from time to time or your cockatiel has a penchant for daring but unsuccessful acrobatics, you may want to be prepared for some extra trips to the vet.

If you're interested in learning more about pet health insurance, talk to an insurance agent today.

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This content is for informational purposes only and may not be applicable to all situations.

Pet insurance policies are underwritten by American Modern and offered under an Expanded Market Program. American Modern is not affiliated with Allstate.

The Expanded Market Program provides access to products underwritten by non-Allstate companies. Allstate does not operate or control any company that provides policies through this program. In this program, Allstate does not have any financial responsibility to you for any policy purchased, is not responsible for any claims you may make with such companies, and makes no representations nor accepts any liability related to the operations of such companies, including, but not limited to, their financial condition and claims handling.

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