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Insurance for Senior Pets

For many dog and cat owners, finding the best pet health insurance for senior pets can be a challenge. Several pet insurance companies won’t cover senior pets, while other pet policies don’t cover some of the most common senior pet ailments, including hip dysplasia, cataracts, glaucoma, hearing loss, and periodontal disease. Finding adequate coverage for medical prescriptions, and holistic and alternative therapies is also difficult. 

PetFirst is proud to offer the same great pet health insurance coverage and benefits to older pets. Our Lifetime plan is available to dogs and cats, ages 8 weeks and older, with no maximum age limitations. You can enroll your pet at any age and continue coverage throughout your pet's golden years. Whether you need insurance for dogs or insurance for cats, with PetFirst there is no stipulations on the age you sign-up for a senior pet insurance policy. In addition, you’ll get a 14-day money back guarantee, the shortest waiting periods in the industry, helpful exam fee coverage and tons of other great benefits that truly make PetFirst stand out from the pack!

Caring for Senior Pets

Thanks to disease prevention, education on responsible pet ownership and advancements in veterinary care, our pets are living longer than ever before. With this, however, comes more extensive age-related conditions and illnesses in senior pets. Many congenital and hereditary conditions don't manifest until later in a pet's life, and treatments for these and other common ailments like cancer, arthritis, dementia and eye issues such as cataracts can be prohibitively expensive. Many of these health issues commonly associated with older pets require ongoing medical care to keep your dog or cat pain-free and healthy. 

Health Care Considerations for Senior Pets

Below is a listing of the most common health issues in older pets. Many of these ailments come complete with expensive veterinary costs that can be greatly reduced with PetFirst’s pet health insurance coverage:

  • Increased Veterinary Care
    • Geriatric pets should have semi-annual visits so any signs of illnesses or issues can be detected early and treated
  • Diet & Nutrition
    • Older pets need foods that are more easily digested and have different caloric levels, ingredients and anti-aging nutrients
  • Weight Control
    • Weight gain increases their risk for other health problems (biggest concern for cats)
  • Parasite Control
    • An older pet's immune system isn't as healthy and reactive as those of younger animals- so they cannot fight off diseases or heal as quickly
  • Maintaining Mobility
    • Making sure pets receive appropriate levels of exercise keeps them healthy and mobile
  • Vaccinations
    • Talk to your veterinarian about vaccines that may be appropriate for older pets
  • Mental Health
    • Older pets can show signs of senility and keeping them active and engaged helps keep their mental acuity high
  • Environment
    • Lifestyle changes may be needed as pets age- avoiding stairs, more time indoors, not moving furniture for pets with deteriorating vision, etc.
  • ​​Reproductive Diseases
    • Pets that are not spayed/neutered have higher risk of developing mammary, testicular and prostate cancers
*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association

 

How Old is My Dog? Calculate Your Senior Dog's Age

The best dog insurance should provide comprehensive coverage for your pet all the way from puppyhood to old age. If you’re curious where your four-legged companion falls on the road to old age (and whether they’re ready for senior doggy insurance), here’s a handy dog-to-human age comparison chart to use as a reference. Keep in mind that most dogs are considered to be seniors by age 7:

Dog's Age Human Age Equivalent
Dog Size Age Comparison
7   Small-Med 44 - 47 yrs 
  Large- XL 50 - 56 yrs 
10   Small-Med 56 - 60 yrs 
  Large- XL 66 - 78 yrs 
15   Small-Med 76 - 83 yrs
  Large- XL 93 - 115 yrs
20   Small-Med 96 - 105 yrs
  Large- XL 120 yrs 

Small (0-20 lbs); Medium (21-50 lbs);
Large (51-90 lbs); XL (90 lbs+)


*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association

 

Insurance for Senior Dogs: Common Accidents & Illnesses in Older Dogs

PetFirst Pet Insurance proudly offers the best dog insurance for senior pets so you can make your best friend’s later years truly golden. This is a great asset to PetFirst policyholders, who save hundreds each year, even thousands, on a range of different accidents and illnesses. Below is a chart of the most common ailments that PetFirst’s senior insurance for dogs covers:

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Arthritis
Vestibular
Syndrome
Periodontal
Disease
Diabetes
Blindness
Cancer
Seizures
Cataract
Heart
Disease
Renal
Failure
Tumors
Dementia
Addison's
Disease

*based on average claims from PetFirst policyholders

 

How Old is My Cat? Calculate Your Senior Cat's Age

Insurance for cats often comes in every bit as handy as insurance for dogs, particularly with senior pets. After all, not even old age can stop a cat’s natural curiosity! But how do you know exactly when your feline friend has reached old age so you can invest in the best cat insurance? Cats usually don’t hit their golden years until around age 11, but below is an age comparison chart for reference:

Cat's Age Human Age Equivalent
7   45
10   58
15   75
20   98


*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association

 

Insurance for Cats: Common Accidents & Illnesses in Odler Cats

Even with nine lives, senior felines still need the best cat insurance available to keep veterinary costs down. After all, just look at how many health issues they’re at risk for—and how much money policyholders save on average! No wonder senior insurance for cats is such a hit!

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Arthritis
Pancreatitis
Diabetes
Renal
Failure
Hyperthyroidism
Liver 
Disease
Periodontal
Disease
Anemia
Heart
Disease
Obesity
 
 
 

*based on average claims from PetFirst policyholders

 

Protect Your Senior Pet with the Best Pet Health Insurance

Because of how costly many required senior pet procedures often are, a growing number of pet parents are forced to choose "economic euthanasia" because they can't afford the proper treatments. PetFirst's pet insurance plan overview, with coverage for hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions, is here to help you shoulder some of the financial burden associated with senior pet health care expenses and avoid a future where you have to make such a difficult choice. By always offering the best pet health insurance plans available, PetFirst can help ensure your pet’s later years are the most comfortable.

Learn more about Senior Pet Care.

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