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What is the difference between pet insurance and a pet wellness plan?

What is the difference between pet insurance and a pet wellness plan?

You can help make your pet's healthcare more affordable with two different options: wellness plans and pet insurance. While there are distinct benefits to both of these, it's important to understand the differences between them. Today, our Novato vets share more about wellness plans and pet insurance. 

Protecting Your Pet's Future

While wellness plans and pet insurance policies both offer benefits, they are very different. Whether you opt for either of these, it's important to understand the services your pet is and isn't covered for. By understanding these options, you won't be left to pay out of pocket when you visit your vet or need to plan payment for your pet's veterinary care. 

What is a wellness plan?

Wellness plans make it easier for you to cover the cost of routine veterinary care and, unlike pet insurance, you only pay for the treatments and services you use throughout the year.

With wellness plans, you can pay a small monthly amount and adopt a more proactive approach to veterinary care, rather than paying a lump sum at each visit. These plans allow your vet to detect signs of any diseases or conditions your pet may have before they become more serious, and more expensive to treat. 

What does a wellness plan cover?

Generally, wellness plans cover routine vet care including wellness exams, parasite preventives, annual blood testing and vaccines. Improving and maintaining the standard of your pet’s overall health during their lifetime is easier because these plans spread out the cost of routine vet care.

What is pet insurance?

Should your pet require emergency veterinary care, pet insurance helps you to take care of the cost of treatment.

Fact is that, emergency treatment or treating an illness like cancer or diabetes can become very expensive. If you have pet insurance it means you will have financial help to pay the bills for any conditions and accidents that are covered by your pet insurance policy.

What does pet insurance cover?

Pet insurance policies differ but they generally cover treatment for illnesses or emergency treatment required after accidents. Some policies may also include prescription medications and the treatment of hereditary and congenital conditions as well as orthopedic conditions.

How do I choose which option to buy?

Making sure you know exactly how wellness plans and pet insurance can benefit you and your pet can help you decide which is right for you. Some pet owners choose either a wellness plan or pet insurance, while others subscribe to both to ensure their pet has complete coverage. 

If you aren't sure which coverage is right for you, ask your vet. They can help you decide based on your pet's particular needs and concerns.

By investing in the right annual Wellness Plan for your pet, you can help keep your four-legged friend healthy. Choose the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.

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Bel Marin Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Novato companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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