ASPCA Pet Health Insurance vs. Petplan
With Petplan pet insurance, you are required to take certain steps to take care of your pet, including getting them an annual exam and dental cleaning. Otherwise, you won’t be eligible for reimbursement. In addition, you need to ensure your pet receives any treatments normally suggested by a veterinarian to prevent illnesses and injuries. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance coverage does not have these kinds of requirements.
|Reimbursement||Choice of 90%, 80% or
70% of covered vet costs
|Choice of 90%, 80% or
70% of covered vet costs
|Unlimited Plan Available||Yes||Yes|
|Type of Deductible||Annual||Annual or Incident|
|Illness Waiting Period||14 Days||15 Days|
|Accident Waiting Period||14 Days||5 Days|
|Preventive Care||Optional add-on||No|
|Lab Tests, X-rays, Hospitalization, Surgery, Diagnostics, etc.||Yes||Yes|
|Hereditary and Congenital Conditions||Yes||Yes|
|Behavioral Issues||Yes||Yes, on policies with $15,000 or greater annual limit|
|Stem Cell Treatments||Yes||Yes|
|Prescription Food & Supplements
To treat a covered condition (not for general maintenance or weight management)
|Yes||Prescription food is excluded; prescription supplements are covered|
|No Vaccination Requirements for Coverage of Certain Conditions||Yes||No|
|Multiple Pet Discount||10% for each additional pet||None|
|Age Limits for Illness Coverage Enrollment
This is the age at which illness coverage is no longer available for new enrollments. Typically, a pet’s plan won’t be cancelled because of age.
|All Pets Eligible, Regardless of Health||Yes||Yes|
|Accident-Only Plan Available for All Pets||Yes||N/A|
|Money Back Guarantee||30 Days||30 Days|
|Experience||The agency that provides ASPCA Pet Health Insurance was founded in 1997.||Petplan started selling plans in the US in 2006.|
|Better Business Bureau Rating||A+||A+|
Petplan Insurance Plan Comparison
Petplan pet insurance and ASPCA Pet Health Insurance differ in some important ways including requirements on caring for your pet.
Pet Care Requirements
If you don’t take your pet to the veterinarian for an annual check-up and dental cleaning, you won’t be eligible for reimbursements with Petplan. Petplan also requires you to provide your pet with any treatments normally suggested by a veterinarian to prevent illnesses and injuries. This requirement is somewhat vague, but you must comply in order to get reimbursed for your claims.
With ASPCA Pet Health Insurance coverage, it’s very clear. We will never refuse to pay a claim because of the kind of care you did or did not give your pet. We also never interfere with your veterinarian’s recommended treatment plans for your pet.
You can add preventive care coverage to your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan at a low additional cost. This coverage reimburses a set amount for a list of conditions, including annual check-ups, vaccines, heartworm preventatives, and flea and tick medications. Petplan does not offer preventive care coverage. Even if you don’t intend to sign up for this coverage initially, you may change your mind in the future so it can be smart to choose a provider who has it.
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance covers behavioral conditions, with symptoms such as excessive vocalization, destructive chewing, and pacing. Pets with this kind of condition can disrupt the house and may even hurt themselves, for instance, if they obsessively chew at their fur. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance coverage can help you manage the costs of diagnosis and treatment of behavioral conditions, including any medications that your veterinarian prescribes to help your pet.
Petplan only offers this coverage with an annual limit of$1000. The annual limit is the maximum amount you can be reimbursed during the policy year. Petplan will not cover more than $1000 per policy period for behavioral conditions.
Prescription Food and Supplements
Your veterinarian may recommend prescription food or supplements to help with specific health conditions. Petplan covers prescription supplements but not prescription food. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover both prescription food and supplements to treat covered conditions.
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance coverage will reimburse you for the costs of implanting a microchip in your pet. This procedure is not painful for your pet and it can help make sure your pet is returned home quickly and safely. Petplan does not offer coverage for a microchip.
Multiple Pet Discount
If you plan to protect more than one pet, you’ll save money on your base plan premium with a 10% multiple pet discount from the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program for each pet after your most expensive pet. Petplan does not offer a discount for insuring multiple pets. You may only have one pet in your family now, but if you decide to welcome a new pet later, you may want a provider that offers this discount.
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