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cir3ngirl



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 13 8:26 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Set up a bank account and pay money in monthly you then have a fund to use to pay for any treatment

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its whole life cover I think Id look at, because if we just insure for a years cover, whilst this will sort a broken leg or op, it will not cover chronic illness such as diabetes or thyroid (such as our older dog has).
On the other hand, Im also thinking just to put money away regularly just in case.

Alison - have you ever had to actually use your insurance? Ive heard stories of suddenly being told that your not covered for whatever or they'll only cover you so much.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I also need to consider this, we've got new kitties coming home on monday hopefully. Am currently thinking that putting a few quid a month by in a separate 'pot' in the bank account might be the way forwards

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our dog is insured via Direct Line as they covered her before we got her. The policy has paid out a couple of times and even the simplest treatments can cost a huge amount (a simple scan cost 1000).

You also get third party cover for your pet if they cause injury or damage (your house insurance may already provide this).

We do sometimes feel vets take into account your pet insurance when recommending treatment but just be firm and ask them why they are recommending the treatment, is it really necessary etc, etc.

I don't think many policies are whole of life, they tend to go up to a limit, e.g. 11 years. Worth checking between policies.

if the dog is working then many companies will not insure through normal pet insurance. You may get a better deal if you're with BASC or one of the other countryside organisations.

As for not insuring and saving money, if you only have a single pet that is more risky but if you have several then you'll be offsetting the risk.

alison
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Its whole life cover I think Id look at, because if we just insure for a years cover, whilst this will sort a broken leg or op, it will not cover chronic illness such as diabetes or thyroid (such as our older dog has).
On the other hand, Im also thinking just to put money away regularly just in case.

Alison - have you ever had to actually use your insurance? Ive heard stories of suddenly being told that your not covered for whatever or they'll only cover you so much.


I haven't, but only because she is 10 months old. Going on the last dog we did need it.

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just realised that the sainsburys insurance was up for renewal and now costs 13 pcm. So I have just changed to co-op for 11 pcm.

Spruengli



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't know if small animal insurance is similar to horse insurance, but beware any clause that says in effect 'once you claim for something we won't let you claim for it again' e.g. a claim for treatment for arthritis means ANY arthritic conditions are excluded forever (and the premium doesn't go down...)


dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

when i looked into it a policy that would cover everything for life was about 30 a month for a thorough bred saluki.the fee was based on show dog line risks not proper line risks and seemed unlikely to be a good investment ,so far i aint spent about a grand .

with a kc cocker it may be a good investment to get a full policy

snowy747



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 13 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would not own a dog without it. Claimed nearly 5k with Axa for our Jr X who has primary lens luxation. Premiums were 9.30 a month and we had her at a year old and had paid 10 premiums........

Scottie had Cushings disease, her premiums were 26 a month and her meds 200 a month plus she had regular blood tests at hundreds of pounds.

Gotta save a whole ton a month to build up a fund of your own to cover those sort of costs!!

Ali

pollyanna



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 13 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My OH and I are retired farmers and we have a practical, unsentimental attitude to our dogs. We would never contemplate starting on treatment that was going to cost over 1000 however much we loved our dogs.

Hence no insurance. And as it happens all our dogs, over many years have lived long, healthy lives and insurance would have been a total waste of money. As it would have been for our cats.

Katieowl



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 13 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

More Than are generally considered to be good value for money amongst dog owners that I know on line. I've just switched to them for a pair of older dogs, from Tesco who came in with an extortionate renewal quote. More Than nearly halved it.

Kate

snowy747



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 13 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Insurance enables you to make choices, I wouldn't put my dog down because of lens lux at age 2. It enabled us to have the micro surgery she needed to retain some vision in each eye.

Ali

JB



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suspect insurance is not worth the cost but what about pet health plans? I use a pet health plan for my cats which provides a monthly cost but then covers annual health checks, worming, flea treatments, innoculations, boosters etc and sends me reminders when I need to do the worming and frontline stuff. I know there will be a premium they charge for that but I get the impression it's not excessive as, unlike insurance, the costs are predictable. On the other hand I have honestly no idea if I am overpaying.

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you have peace of mind, and your finances can stand it, you are not over paying. That's not to say it couldn't be cheaper elsewhere, but that might not be the point.

mark



Joined: 14 Jul 2005
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The problem with insurance is that is you get vet treatment for your pet sensibly - you will be subsidising
1) the people and vets who overtreat
2) the management of the policy
3) the shareholders / underwriters

If your lifestyle is hand to mouth you don't really have any choice. You need insurance to cover risk!

But if you decide not to have pet insurance , handset insurance, appliance insurance etc etc
and you pay the equivalent in to a savings account which you don't touch very quickly you can acquire enough of a pool to meet eventualities. There is often a risk when you first start doing this - but you can mitigate that if you think ahead and start paying in before you get your pet. IN effect you become your own insurer.

You make some money on interest and the money that would go to the overtreaters, the managers and the underwriters is yours .

And the "policy" still covers you pet when they get old if the insurance company goes out of business, closes down your scheme or al the other risks that attach to insurance these days.

You can even pool with friends if you can't build up a big enough fund to cover yourself but you need to know they share your outlook on when to claim and treat!

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