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PET PREMIUM

Pet Premium wants to be your top resource for pet protection, from insurance to helpful articles, and even to help you find your next furry mascot.

When it comes to pet insurance, Pet Premium has some pros and cons. For example, you're free to use any licensed veterinarian you like, but be aware that Pet Premium reimburses you based on a specified incident limit for the condition being treated, not for what you actually paid. In other words, if you have a world-renowned vet who charges more for her expertise, you probably won't be reimbursed for as much of the bill. That's not nearly as customer-friendly as pet insurance providers that pay out based on actual costs.

You'll choose between two types of coverage: Accident-Only and Total Coverage. Once you know which kind you want, you'll then be able to further customize your premiums according to the deductible, reimbursement level, and annual coverage limit. For our dog, a 7-year-old, mixed breed male, we were quoted $27.93/month for a plan that reimbursed 70% of each claim, with a deductible of $500 and an annual coverage limit of $2500. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we'd pay $104.02/month for a plan with no coverage limits, a $100 deductible, and a reimbursement level of 90%.

If you have a kitten or a puppy, you can expect to pay much less. We entered information for a 6-month-old kitten at the highest deductible, lowest coverage limit, and lowest reimbursement level and were quoted less than $10/month for the Total coverage plan.

One plus with this provider: Pet Premium's deductibles are annual, not per visit or per condition.

Unlike some pet insurance policies, Pet Premium's come with add-on coverage for preventative/wellness care. Your cost depends on your pet's details, but you can expect to find Basic, Standard and Prime options; for our dog, we would spend anywhere from $9.95 to $24.95 per month for that additional service. Depending on what your pet actually needs during a year (a health certificate? Urinalysis? Deworming?), the extra premiums may not be worth what you get, so check the details carefully.

How does Pet Premium's reputation compare with insurance providers with a longer history? Overall, you could say that it's "so far, so good". Even though they've only been in business since 2013, Pet Premium is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and had an "A+" rating at the time of our review. There are also hundreds of reviews on the Pet Premium site with ratings of 4- and 5-stars; it's worth noting, though, that most of those seem to be collected before the customers have had a reason to use their pet insurance plan.

We look forward to getting more feedback from Pet Premium clients in the future, to better establish how well the provider does on paying on claims, not just having an easy process for becoming a policyholder. Until then, they stay in the middle of the pack among pet insurance companies.

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24 PET WATCH

When we first considered 24 Pet Watch several years ago, their hard-to-use, incomplete website was an immediate turn-off. Since then, this provider of both pet insurance and microchip plans has improved their site by leaps and bounds, making it easier to see what they have to offer.

But, you'll still have to jump through quite a few hoops to determine what your premiums will be. You can enter your state and download a sample plan if you want an overview before giving them your contact information, but the simplest route is to choose the Get a Quote button. You'll be asked to provide basic details like your pet's breed and gender, birthdate, and if there are any preexisting conditions. Got a microchip? Enter the number during the quote process and get a 5% discount.

What will you pay for an insurance plan? That depends on where you live, so take the following prices just as a ballpark estimate:

  • Essential: for $18.36/month and a $100 deductible, our dog was covered for Hospitalization/Surgeries, Hereditary/Congenital Conditions, Physical/Rehabilitative Therapies, Lab Tests/X-Rays/Ultrasounds, Medications, Accidents and Illnesses, Alternative Treatments, Ambulance/Paramedical Services, Exam & Diagnostic Fees - up to a yearly limit of $1500
  • Extra: for $27.62/month, our dog would be covered for all of the same items in the Essential plan, but with an increased annual coverage limit of $3000.
  • Classic: again, this plan covers the same things, but increases the monthly premium to $38.74/month and the annual limit to $5000.
  • Super: $46.12/month gives you the same coverage, but with an annual limit of $10,000/year
  • Champion: to have a total coverage limit of $20,000 per year, expect to pay somewhere around $63.15/month.

Be aware that none of these plans cover wellness services, like vaccinations or annual checkups. If you want coverage to help pay for dental cleaning, heartworm tests, or fecal screening, you'll need to add either Wellness Care Routine or Wellness Care Advanced to your plan, at a cost of $12 or $26 extra per month, respectively.

Pet insurance is worth the money if you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, we found many complaints about 24 Pet Watch's ability to deliver service on the plans they sell. More than one customer said that their premiums almost doubled unexpectedly, or that a plan they'd been paying on for years was cancelled out of the blue. Even worse, some people were told that their coverage had been terminated only when they called to make a claim - but they had been paying their premiums on time and had no reason to think they were no longer covered.

24 Pet Watch also has no rating with the BBB.

With so many companies offering reliable, affordable pet insurance, 24 Pet Watch just doesn't measure up. We think you'll find greater peace of mind with one of the higher-ranked pet insurance providers in our review.

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Best Pet Insurance

To help you find the Best Pet Insurance, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Pet Premium and 24 Pet Watch.

Who has the Best Pet Insurance? Medical care is rarely cheap - and the same goes for our four-legged friends. While pet owners are grateful for advances in technology and medicine that make it possible to keep their "fur kids" healthy, these procedures and prescriptions often come with a hefty price tag.

Without pet insurance, a simple blood test can cost well over $200. Even a standard yearly checkup can set you back by hundreds of dollars. How's your wallet feeling now? Chances are, you would do almost anything to take care of your beloved pet - but you might find yourself having to make difficult choices, especially if your dog or cat experiences a traumatic injury or life-threatening illness.

Just like their owners, pets can be protected with pet insurance plans that help ease the financial strain of medical care. Pet insurance has become very popular in the last few years, with dozens of companies offering to help you keep your pet healthy for a long time. But, every pet insurance plan is different with respect to deductibles and fees, covered services, and claims processing.

As you decide which pet insurance company is the best fit for you and your pet, keep in mind the following criteria:

  • Cost. What will you pay for your coverage? Is there a deductible, and is it annual or per incident? Will you pay any enrollment fees?
  • Coverage. What services and procedures are covered in the plan you have selected? Does it cover preventative measures like annual checkups? Are there any noteworthy exclusions? Does the company offer a variety of plans to meet your needs?
  • Reputation. Is the pet insurance provider rated by the Better Business Bureau? What do other customers say about their experience? Are claims paid quickly, or do you have to jump through a lot of hoops to file paperwork? Do many claims get denied? Are the company's customer service representatives knowledgeable and friendly?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Pet Insurance companies available today. We hope this information helps you find the best pet insurance plan for you and your animal companion!



How Pet Insurance Can Save You Money

If you asked every pet lover you encountered in a day how they feel about their pets, they'd likely tell you they view them as family members, not pets. As such, most pet owners want their furry family members to live long and healthy lives.

One of the best ways to make sure that happens is by investing in a pet insurance policy.

Like their human counterparts, animals can get sick or be involved in accidents which can cause severe injury. They also need routine preventative healthcare in order to stay healthy - all of which can cost a pretty penny. Pet insurance plans are designed to help shoulder the burden of these costs, helping pet owners to have the choice in caring for their pet, versus euthanasia due to insufficient funding to pay for necessary medical procedures.

Currently, only one percent of the U.S. pet population - just under 3 million animals - is insured. However, industry trends indicate that pet health insurance policies are growing in popularity in the U.S., with an anticipated increase of up to 10 percent within the next five years.

The first official pet healthcare policy was sold in Britain in 1947. Britain trails only Sweden in the number of pet owners who provide insurance for their pets. Dogs are the most-insured pet, followed by cats and small exotic animals. While it is sold under the name "healthcare insurance," pet health insurance is actually under the insurance umbrella for property. According to insurance laws, pets are seen as property, so the insurance policy which covers them is similar to that for any other property owned by an individual.

Most pet owners understand that cost for care, as well as the likelihood that the pet will suffer from certain diseases and conditions, significantly increases as the pet ages. However, not many pet owners have stopped to ask themselves what they would do if their pet suffered a serious or unexpected injury. Average cost for mending a broken leg, for instance, can run between $2,000 and $5,000 without insurance coverage. Dogs, which are known for eating and swallowing items which can be harmful, may need emergency surgery to remove the item and repair any internal damage that may have been caused. That kind of procedure can cost up to $3,000. Many pet owners cannot afford such high up-front costs and most veterinarians require payment in full at the time of the procedure. That leaves many pet owners struggling with what to do for their pet when they can't afford the procedure that could help them.

Other conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, are on the rise in the pet population. One out of every 400 dogs and cats will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lives. With the advent of medical procedures and interventions not previously available to our pets, many are living longer, which increases their chances of developing age-related conditions and injuries. Take for instance, a pet which develops diabetes. That animal would require insulin injections, much as its human counterpart diagnosed with the same condition would need. Monthly costs between insulin and the syringes needed to administer it can cost a couple hundred dollars. Then there is the glucose monitoring system required to keep track of your pet's insulin levels. Animal-specific monitors such as AlphaTrak can cost $200 by the time you purchase the monitor, the lancets and the testing strips.

Most pet policies cover these issues and many more, making them a good investment for pet owners. With a variety of plans from which to choose, pet owners can find one that is not only affordable to them, but which also covers their pet's annual medical needs.

 



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