Considering Pet Insurance: Turning in Our First Claim

As our readers know, last week our Tiki was sick with a still-undiagnosed fever. She was at the vet’s office for three days, coming home at night with an IV catheter in her arm (and a cone to keep her from removing the catheter!) She had urine tests, X-rays, tick titers, and more. I’m really, […]

Trupanion Now Covers Hill’s Prescription Diet Foods

We’ve just learned that Trupanion™ Pet Insurance is now covering all the Hill’s® Prescription Diet® and Science Diet® Healthy Advantage™ pet foods as part of their insurance coverage! As we’ve written about before, our cat Felix is on Hill’s Prescription Diet food…and our dogs are covered by Trupanion (unfortunately Felix was already up in years […]

Learning About Insurance Riders

Depending on where you live, you may be required to carry additional insurance based on the breed of your dog. For example, in Ohio, households with pit bull-type dogs (and it’s up to the officer to determine if the dog is a “pit bull”) are required to maintain a minimum of  $100,000 in liability insurance. […]

Veterinary Spending Increases Nearly 10% Since Last Year

Here’s some interesting news we just ran across: Trupanion pet insurance has announced that veterinary spending has increased 9.78 percent since last year. The pet insurance company analyzed third-quarter data from 2009 and 2010 for all dog breeds. According to the American Pet Products Association, veterinary care is the second highest spending category behind food, […]

PurinaCare Adds New Accident-Only Policy

Looking to save some money on pet care? (And who isn’t?) We just received news of some new, more affordable pet health insurance plans to cover accidents and illnesses involving your pet. PurinaCare® now offers three co-insurance levels 20%, 30% and 40% and adds an Accident Only Policy that is priced at $9 a month […]

Top 5 Reasons for a Vet Visit on Christmas Day

Over the river and through the woods, to the emergency vet you go? Although it might be the last stop you want to make on Christmas Day, insurance claims received by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) for Christmas Day 2008 showed that pet accidents happen every day of the year. Top Five Christmas Day Claims […]

Does Your Employer Offer Pet Insurance?

Does your employer offer you the option of a pet insurance benefit? Apparently many more are these days; California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance or VPI (800-872-7387, is reporting a 35 percent increase since 2005 in the number of companies and associations that offer the perk in their voluntary benefits package. “In the late 1990s, VPI’s […]

Choosing a Pet Insurance Plan

Pet insurance plans–just like your own health insurance–can be a great investment to help cover your dog’s medical expenses. In selecting a pet insurance plan, though, take the time to read the fine print. Find out: what the deductible is (some plans will offer different deductible levels) what is covered and what’s not what limitations […]