Dog insurance isn’t actually a form of insurance. Instead, you can cover your dog with pet insurance. Pet insurance can provide financial protection for some of your pup’s critical veterinary costs. Depending on your level of cover, your insurance could reimburse you a portion of the cost for serious medical treatments for conditions like a broken hip, or diseases such as cancer.
Typically, there are no waiting periods for accidents and minimal waiting periods for illnesses (usually 30 days).
Annual benefit limits, the percentage of eligible vet bills you will be reimbursed for, excess or co-payments and optional extras will differ between policies. Make sure you remember to check your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to find out exactly what you’re covered for.
The level of cover pet insurance can offer your dog varies significantly. From cover for eligible vet costs, including treatment for injuries and serious illnesses, you could also choose optional routine care for services like de-sexing, microchipping, tick control and obedience training.
Generally, cover can only be taken out after your dog turns eight weeks old and before it turns nine years old. Some basic covers may allow you to insure your dog up to 16 years of age. Once insured, pet insurance cover can cover your fur baby for life – for as long as the product is offered, provided there are no breaks in cover, and subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. How much does pet insurance for your dog cost?
The cost of pet insurance varies, depending on the level of cover you purchase and your insurance company. What’s more, the cost of your pet insurance policy may differ depending on your dog’s health, age, breed, where you live and more. Learn more about the cost of owning a dog here.
Are you prepared or could you pay thousands of dollars for emergency pet care? Could you do it at any time, without warning? Pet insurance for your dog gives you the peace of mind if the worst happens to your good boy/girl.
Accident and Illness cover may prevent a healthcare condition from becoming unaffordable to treat, and comprehensive cover can provide additional value.
Just remember: a pet insurance policy usually covers a portion of your pet care expenses. Check your PDS to know how much your insurance policy covers and if you are required to pay an excess or co-payment.
Typically, the following exclusions apply to pet insurance policies:
However, always read your pet’s policy terms for the full details of what is and isn’t included.
Your dog will typically need to be insured early on because accident and illness cover may not be available if your dog is over nine years of age.
Yes, pet insurance for your dog can cover a portion of the cost of vaccinations, although it’s generally an optional feature available on comprehensive policies.
No matter what type of animal you’re covering with pet insurance, the sub-limit is a cap on how much you’re able to claim on the insurance policy annually for certain conditions. They’re usually applied to common dog illnesses or injuries and can vary between insurance products, so read your policy terms for the full details.
To have an eligible claim on your pet insurance policy, you must have waited the applicable waiting period before the condition occurs. In most cases, there are usually no waiting periods for accidents, but some insurance providers have a 30-day waiting period for illnesses. It’s important to check your policy terms or you risk having to pay vet expenses out of pocket.
Extras are available on a range of pet insurance policies, but they can vary depending on providers. In most cases, some extras will automatically be included in a plan, such as emergency boarding, euthanasia and treatment for tick paralysis.
Meanwhile, you may be able to purchase optional extras for your dog’s routine treatment. This can provide cover towards treatment costs of alternative therapies, some dental procedures, microchipping, diets and more.
Read your pet’s policy terms for the full details.
Multi-pet insurance policies allow you to insure more than one dog (or other pets) under one policy. This can help you reduce paperwork and some insurers even offer multi-pet discounts for additional pets you add to one policy.
The discount can vary between providers and some may not offer discounts at all. Also keep in mind that while multi-pet insurance policies can provide convenience, the majority of pet insurance options in Australia allow you to choose a different cover option per pet.
Dog insurance, known as pet insurance, is available Australia-wide. Whether you live in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, NT, ACT or WA, we can help you find a new policy. Simply enter some details about your pet in our free online tool and we’ll display a variety of plans within minutes.
As General Manager of GI, Pet and Business Insurance, Stephen Zeller knows that man’s best friend can get into all sorts of mischief. Stephen works to empower consumers with an understanding of how pet insurance works and how it can help pay for expensive dog vet bills.
Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and is an Allied Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). Stephen assists in reviewing general insurance content on Compare the Market to ensure it accurately breaks down complex insurance topics.