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Trupanion launches Trupanion Express

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 01:29 PM

Trupanion Express has changed the old pet insurance model by introducing instant online claims and direct payments to veterinary hospitals. The unique web-based application makes it possible to submit claims online in seconds, eliminating paperwork, large upfront costs and reimbursements for your clients.

We love Trupanion Express because, we can deliver exceptional medical care for pets and with the immediate pay direct this reduces the stress for the pet owner as their out of pocket costs are reduced to a small portion of the total cost of the services, this is  especially important when discussing more extensive illness or injury.

As pet owners you'll love Trupanion Express as well because it allows you to provide the best pet health care without the hassles of paperwork.

Watch this short video to see what makes Trupanion a truly innovative medical insurance for cats and dogs, not just pet insurance.

 

 

Topics: pet insurance

Ask Dr. Kendall: Dog Insurance Costs

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 02:43 PM

dog-at-vet-775592.jpgIf you have questions about pet health or pet care send them to us and we'll have Dr. Kendall answer. This week Selina asks:

Q. I was wondering how much is insurance for my dog, Cookie because I would love to save money.

A. Thank you for your question Selina.

You can apply for insurance after you have Cookie examined by a Veterinarian. The Veterinarian will determine if there are any underlying problems that may affect your coverage. I should state that Veterinarians do not sell insurance, we only make recommendations.  The insurance company that you apply to will offer difference types of coverage with different deductibles. Most policies will request a medical history from the Veterinary clinic you take Cookie for health services. It maybe best to discuss insurance coverage with the staff of the Veterinary clinic you currently visit. 

I hope this helps, 

Dr. Paul Kendall

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Topics: Dr. Kendall, dog care, pet care, pet insurance

Benefits of Pet Insurance

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 01:33 PM

Special_needs_pets--Sophie.jpgHalifax Veterinary Hospital Clinic’s clients saved $200,000+ last year with insurance coverage. 

Typically, only about 2% of pet owners across Canada have pet insurance. Approximately 7% of Halifax Veterinary Hospital Inc. clients have coverage. Last year alone, Halifax Veterinary Hospital clients’ realized more than $200,000 in pet care that was covered by insurance.

Pet insurance may be used to reduce the bill for various illness and injury treatments, as well as more extensive including organ and marrow transplants, prosthetics, stem cell therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and pacemaker implantation.

“Our patients have realized insurance coverage for a wide array of treatments and procedures – including proactive care, like dental treatments, emergency care as well as treatment for chronic conditions,” explains Medical Director, Dr. Paul Kendall.

Pet Owner Amanda Mullins has experienced the benefits of pet insurance first hand, “Puppy-hood is supposed to be fun and exciting, while Henry and I had these good times together a continuous flow of health problems was overwhelming. Luckily, a very smart co-worker signed us up for Petsecure pet insurance at our very first puppy vet visit. Petsecure has seen Henry through inflammatory bowel disease, foreign body surgeries, broken toes, urinary bladder infections, torn toe nails, cut paw pads, allergic skin disease among many other exciting things Henry threw my way. He is now 3 years old and I have claimed about $17,000.00 through Petsecure”

Petsecure is only one of the several companies offering dedicated pet insurance to Canadian pet owners. PetSecure, serves 1.2+ million customers in the country and covers up to 80% of the bill on accidents, illnesses, dental, and preventative care.  

Ask Dr. Kendall if Pet Insurance is right for your pet.

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Topics: pet insurance

October is Pet Insurance Month

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

by Amanda Mullins, RVT, BSc (Animal Sciences) from our Fairview Location

"When I was 8 years old my parents bought me an 8 week old Doberman Pinscher puppy. Ipet insurance
named her “Molly” from the TV show; “Big Comfy Couch”. Molly was obedient, protective, playful and patient. When she died at the age of 12, she had seen me through first loves, my parents divorce, moving between towns, high school and the beginning of university. I felt a large amount of guilt for everything Molly gave and I didn't give back. I vowed I would not get another dog until I was sure I would be capable of providing the best for him/her.

Fast forward 6 years... 

I finished University and College and acquired the best work family a girl could ask for! I yearned for the last six years to have a dog in my life. With the support of my friends, family and co-workers I took the step to get a Doberman puppy. On March 25, 2011 I brought home my boy, Henry, and with Henry I brought home hope and determination to be the best dog mom possible. From day one, Henry has had numerous health problems (and with his enthusiastic personality, he is also quite accident prone) which have weighed on me and given me more challenging days than good sometimes. Some nights I don't sleep because I am up with Henry while his tummy is upset, or I am worried about “what's next”.

Puppy-hood is supposed to be fun and exciting, while Henry and I had these good times together continuous flow of health problems was overwhelming. Luckily, a very smart co-worker signed us up for Petsecure pet insurance at our very first puppy vet visit. Petsecure has seen Henry through inflammatory bowel disease, foreign body surgeries, broken toes, urinary bladder infections, torn toe nails, cut paw pads, allergic skin disease among many other exciting things Henry threw my way. He is now 3 years old and I have claimed about $17,000.00 through Petsecure, they have always come through to help us and now when my boy is under the weather I only have to worry about him, while Petsecure and my team of veterinarians and technicians take care of the rest.

I often describe Henry as my heart at the end of a leash, he has been such a joy to have in my life and I couldn't imagine life without him. 

Interested in learning more about pet insurance, check in with any of our team members.



Topics: animal hospital, pet insurance

Why should I have pet insurance? Convince me…..

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

As our pets become more and more valued and adored members of our families, a whole new world of questions and concerns face us as pet owners.

Gone are the days (hopefully forever) when society viewed pets as disposable. We have moved past “cats don’t feel pain like we do” or “he’s just a dog” to pets sleeping in our beds, joining us on vacation, and having their own sets of dishes.  Millions of dollars are spent every year on specially scented bathing products, haircuts, toys, clothes and edible goodies. Dog bakeries wave  their flags proudly and cat boarding facilities boast private rooms with windows and views of bird feeders.

The question remains: How much of your “pet available dollars” are spent on his/her basic necessities of health and wellness?

We take our children for vaccines and boosters. We insist on yearly check-ups with our MDsPenny with implants and go every 6 months to the dentist. We choose jobs that offer us health insurance for ourselves, our spouses and our children. We pay premiums every month from our pay cheques to make sure we can afford glasses, prescriptions, massage, orthotics and much,  much more in our quest for health. What about Fluffy? What about Fido?

There are many misunderstandings and much misinformation about pet health insurance.

“They won’t insure my old pet”, “They won’t cover anything I need”, “The monthly premiums are outside my budget”, “I don’t need insurance because he is young and/or healthy”.  None of these “reasons” would stand up if we were considering our own medical well-being or that of our children or spouses.

Here are some of the facts we want you to know:

Pet Insurance saves lives.  When our clients are faced with the cost of diagnostics and treatment for accidents like broken legs or motor vehicle hits, or for disease conditions like  feline urinary tract disease, diabetes,  kidney disease, or chronic ear or eye problems they are often forced to take money from rent, groceries or other bills to meet the expense of providing care for their pet. Sometimes  pet owners are forced to decide to euthanize their beloved pet because treatment costs are outside their budget.

Pet Insurance has many options. You can choose how much you want to spend per month, what you can afford as a deductible and how much coverage you want to fit in your budget.

Pet insurance covers all pets.  You can enrol any pet at any age with a physical exam by your veterinarian. Only illnesses that pre-date the insurance will not be covered. Just like in human insurance.

Claims are easy. Whether you have your veterinarian fax in your claim forms or you set up to have your vet paid automatically through your insurance company, payments are typically received within days, not weeks.

Topics: dog care, pet insurance, cat care