Pet Health Care and Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance is simply a way to help you manage the costs of health care for your cat or dog. By paying a Pet Insurance premium, you insure your pet to receive financial assistance for medical care and attention when they need it – whether for illness, injury or even routine care.

You can take out Pet Insurance for your dog or cat from eight weeks old, and help ensure your favourite furry friend receives the attention and medical treatment they need from any vet licensed to practise in Australia.

What can I claim under a Pet Insurance Policy?

With Pet Insurance, you can apply for cover for your dog or cat for accident and illness provided they are older than eight weeks but younger than nine years.

For a lower premium, you can cover your pet for accidents only, and there’s no upper age limit for applying for this option.

You can even choose to include Routine Care as part of some Pet Insurance policies, to claim for things like vaccinations, health checks, de-sexing and worming treatments. Plus, some Pet Insurance comes with additional care, like Emergency Boarding and Essential Euthanasia, at no extra cost.

Once your pet is insured, your Pet Insurance is guaranteed to be renewed throughout your pet’s life, provided there is no break in cover.

For pet cover available directly through Choosi, you can claim up to 85% of your eligible vet bills up to a total benefit of $14,000 per year.

Limitations to Pet Cover

Accident and Illness Cover generally comes with a 30 day waiting period for illness, while Accident Only cover provides cover for accidents from the day after the policy commences. For both types of Pet Insurance, there is a six month waiting period for cruciate ligament injuries, but these may be waived at your insurer’s discretion.
There may also be some exclusions, like pregnancy, elective procedures and pre-existing conditions, but you should check the Product Disclosure Statement prior to taking out Pet Insurance.

These articles are provided as reference material to allow more informed decision making, but are not intended as being a complete source of information on any topic. All readers should make their own independent analysis on the topic to make sure they have considered the aspects that are important to them.