What should you look for when choosing pet insurance?
- Limits on the maximum amount for any one condition.
- Check that dental problems are covered.Look at the amount of excess you will have to pay, and particularly watch out for policies that have 'co-excesses' where you pay a percentage of any claim. Some treatments can cost more than £1,000 so if you agree to pay 10 per cent of any claim as an excess you might find yourself paying a large amount towards your pet's treatment.
- Ensure that the policy includes cover for the loss of your pet by theft or straying.
- Limits on the total amount to be claimed in any one year.
Factors that can affect your pet insurance premiums
- Pet's age - most insurers will not accept puppies aged less then eight weeks of age or dogs more than twelve years old. If a company does accept older pets then they are likely to charge a higher premium and the owner will have to pay more in excess.
- Pedigree status - some breeds are genetically more prone to certain conditions than others.
- Care - dogs that have been neutered and microchipped often have a lower premium because a microchipped pet is more likely to be returned if he gets lost and insurers regard this as a sign of a caring owner.
- Owner's details - surprisingly, the cost may vary depending on the gender, age and marital status of the dog's owner.
- Postcode - premiums can vary depending on where you live because vets fees are more expensive in some areas than others. (Inner city compared to a rural area, for example).
Third party liability dog insurance
Third party liability is a key part of any quality dog insurance policy. A reputable insurance company will provide a policy that will help cover costs if your dog causes damage to property or serious injury to a person.