The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) reported that the pet insurance market has risen at an average annual growth rate of almost 24.2 percent from 2016 to 2020.1
Understanding what this product is, how it works, and what it covers, is important.
Pet insurance companies should prioritize both the pet and pet parent. They may also cover a variety of injuries and illnesses as well. The best pet insurance companies are also working to consistently publish helpful, relevant pet content, and ensure that the terms and conditions of a policy are understood by the policyholder.
MetLife Pet Insurance1 prides itself on covering several different types of accidents, illnesses, and conditions.2 MetLife also offers resources for pet parents to further educate themselves on pet care and pet health. MetLife’s Pet team is also committed to providing pets and pet parents with the care and attention they deserve.
The cost of dog or cat insurance can depend on the species, breed and age of your pet, as well as where you live. The premium you pay correlates to your pet’s risk of expenses. According to Consumer Affairs, the average pet insurance policy can cost between $20 and $50 per month per pet.2 That being said, MetLife Pet Insurance is offering some of the most competitive rates in the industry. Policies can be as low as $9 per month for cats, and $15 per month for dogs.2,3 Remember- age and breed might play a large role in how much it costs to insure your pet.
When selecting the right plan , a few additional factors will also come into play. Aspects of a policy such premiums and deductibles are also relevant.
Pet insurance can provide coverage for your dog or cat, and help cover the cost of unexpected accidents or illnesses.2 Pet Insurance works a little bit differently than normal human health insurance though. With pet insurance, you take your pet to the vet. At the conclusion of the visit, you pay the bill yourself. Then, you send an itemized invoice, SOAP notes, and all necessary paperwork to our claims department . This can be done through a number of ways, including:
From there, our claims team will review and process your claim according to your coverage. If your claim is approved and you are deemed eligible for reimbursement, you will receive your reimbursement for any covered and approved expenses via the payment method selected: direct deposit or paper check. Learn more about how pet insurance works.
Pet Insurance can cover unexpected accidents and illnesses: from your cat ingesting something it should not, to your dog tearing an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).2 However, your policy will not cover any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that are deemed to be pre-existing conditions. A pre-existing condition can be any injury or illness contracted, manifested or incurred prior to the policy effective date. This means conditions which are affecting your pet prior to the policy effective date (regardless of medical notation, diagnosis or treatment) are excluded from coverage.
MetLife Pet Insurance can help cover the cost of: 2,3
- Chronic conditions
- Diagnostic tests
- Exam fees
- X-rays & Ultrasounds
- Holistic care and alternative therapies
- Emergency care
With the average emergency vet bill in the United States costing between $800-$1,500 for dogs and cats, 3 4 having active pet insurance may be able to save you money and provide peace of mind. Expensive illnesses, unexpected accidents, or even minor cuts can make a large dent in a pet parent's wallet. MetLife's customizable plans and ability to provide coverage2 at any licensed vet in the United States can provide pets with the protection they need.
Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Our dog insurance and cat insurance policies can help pet parents. Get your free quote today.