Show your pet some puppy love with pet insurance
Choosing to bring a pet into your home is a big deal - and you remember just how big a deal when you have your pet snuggled next to you and your heart swells to double its size. So if Valentines month has put love on your brain, why not give your pet the ultimate gift of love this year?
It’s the month of love and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it is that love is about protecting the beings that you hold dear. Human or animal, love is about making sure your loved ones are secure, healthy and given access to the best options in their time of need.
Pet insurance is one of the most compassionate things you can do for your pet. It is an investment in ensuring they have a comfortable, dignified and healthy life that you can share together. Now just a heads up, your dog probably won’t wag their tail and lick your face when you show them your signed insurance policy contract, but you’ll know in your heart that you’ve made a good choice for their health and wellbeing.
Top tip: if it’s a face lick and a wagging tail you’re after, check out these Valentine’s Day Dog Treats cooked up by the Oneplan team.
Why do I love pet insurance? I love pet insurance because of what it does for my dog but more importantly, the choices that it gives me when it comes to her health. On one occasion where she needed specialised emergency surgery, I was able to give the go-ahead knowing that I wouldn’t have to suddenly search for R20 000 to spare in a moment's notice.
Why is pet insurance important?
Maybe you’re a pet-owner to-be or you already have a pet in the home, either way, it’s never too late to get insurance for your fur-baby. The sooner, the better!
These days, you need to be in control of your money or at least have some sort of grasp on what’s going where and how you’re protected if things go south. We spend a lot of time and effort finding the best way to protect our homes, vehicles and health and so I can understand how financial pet protection could slip under the radar. In the best interest of you and your pet, I hope it doesn’t.
Pet insurance is the same concept as health insurance for humans and it may seem outlandish but it has become a necessity considering that Veterinary bills can be just, as if not more, expensive than our own medical bills.
How pet insurance looks a lot like love
Pet insurers want to protect you from a) having to pay these bills yourself or b) having to put your pet down because you can’t afford the surgery. More and more people are backed into a corner and don’t have a choice but to choose b. And so, pet insurance came to be.
For an affordable monthly premium, you are reimbursed for certain accidents, illnesses all the way to being covered for the in-between (but significant) costs like dental care, routine vet visits, vaccinations and more. Depending on the policy that you sign up for, you will be able to make confident choices when it comes to your pet’s health. For a couple of hundred rands per month, you can have peace of mind knowing that you will be financially reimbursed for the significant five-figure bills.
Show up consistently with routine care cover
If you do a little digging (whilst keeping an eye on the digging puppy in the back garden), you’ll find that being covered for routine care is a huge way to commit to your pet for as long as they live. It is committing to being able to always pay for the little, but really important parts of animal healthcare.
If cover for routine care is something you’re keen on for your pet, I always look to Oneplan Pet Insurance. 2 out of their 4 plans include routine cover and their Pet Hospital Plan can be boosted with Routine Care PLUS and Waiver Excesses for an extra R35 per month.
These are their two plans that include cover routine care, vet visits, accidents and illness scripted medication and kennel fees:
Pet classic plan = from R269 a month
Pet super plan = from R387 a month
**Please note that these prices and figures are reflective of the day this article was written. For updated prices click here.
Let your pet know just how much you care by getting on the phone and starting your search for the perfect pet policy for you! Oneplan will be happy to get you started in the right direction.
Until next time,