Insurance For Dogs
PetFirst's dog insurance can help offset veterinary bills and allow you to use your heart and not your wallet when making decisions about your dog's care. Our dogs are more than just pets to us; they are members of the family and deserve to be treated as such. Our dog insurance plans allow you to put your dog first and protect you from being caught off guard by an unforeseen illness or accident.
Veterinary medicine has grown due to technological advances and increased availability of treatments, which allows us to provide better vet care for our dogs for illnesses or injuries that previously weren’t treatable. However, this has caused veterinary costs to rise significantly, making pet insurance for your dog such a smart decision.
Did You Know:
- The average emergency vet bill for a dog is more than $700
- The average dog visits the vet nearly three times per year*
- 76% of veterinarians would like to see more dog owners with pet insurance*
- You could more than pay for an entire year of dog insurance with reimbursement from one incident
If you are shopping for your first dog insurance policy, be sure to check out our pet insurance buyer's guide which gives you plenty of objective insight into what to look for in the right policy for you. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us today. Also, check out our healthy dog tips and the PetFirst blog for information on how to take better care of your dog.
*According to Packaged Facts, Pet Insurance in North America, 2010 report
TOP 10 COMMON PETFIRST DOG INSURANCE CLAIMS AND SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR:
- Otitis (ear infection)- Inflammation of the outer ear. Certain dog breeds are more prone to these such as spaniels, retrievers, small terriers and miniature poodles.
What to look for: Sensitivity around the ears, head shaking, scratching at the ears, red or swollen ear canals or ear flaps, wax buildup or pain.
- Dermatitis- Inflamed skin or skin rash. There are numerous causes for dermatitis including allergies, fleas, mange mites, bacterial or fungal infections and hormonal disorders.
What to look for: Scratching, excessive licking of an area, moist red skin under matted fur, bald scaly areas of skin, areas of skin with patches or rings and red scaly skin.
- Gastritis- Inflammation of the stomach lining. The digestion of chemicals or toxins, dietary indiscretion or dietary intolerance are common causes.
What to look for: Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea or blood in stool.
- Cystitis (urinary tract infection)- Inflammation or infection of the bladder. This bacterial infection can be caused by bladder stones, polyps or tumors. Female dogs are the most susceptible, however, it can be more serious for male dogs.
What to look for: Frequent urination, straining to urinate or blood in urine.
- Allergies- Reaction to allergen. Most common allergens include trees, grass, pollen, fabric, rubber, plastic, food and additives, dust, mites and insects. In dogs, most allergies begin to develop between one and three years of age.
What to look for: Dry and crusty, red or oily skin, chewing on feet, rubbing face on carpet, scratching, hair loss, skin lesions, runny nose or chronic ear infection.
- Colitis- Inflammation of the large colon. Causes often include inflammatory disorders, bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, dietary intolerance and trauma.
What to look for: Diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, dull coat, blood in stool, straining to defecate or frequent defecation.
- Conjunctivitis (eye infection)- Inflammation of the tissue coating the eye and the lining of the eyelids. Viral or bacterial infections, parasites, corneal diseases, disorder of tear ducts or tear production and exposure to foreign materials are common causes.
What to look for: Redness, eye discharge, swelling, squinting or excessive blinking and pawing or rubbing at the eyes.
- Lacerations- Clean or jagged edge wound. Fighting, accidents, traumatic events or altercation with foreign object are common causes.
What to look for: Broken or cut skin, pain in area of wound, bleeding.
- Osteoarthritis- Degenerative joint disease. The breakdown and erosion of cartilage in the joints and the progression of age are common causes.
What to look for: Swelling around joints, reduced play time, increased irritability or behavioral changes, lying down more than usual, reluctance to jump or leap, stiffness and limping.
- Tracheitis- Inflammation or infection or the trachea or windpipe. Bacterial, viral or parasite infections, inhalation of allergens, tracheal injury or cancer are common causes.
What to look for: Coughing, gagging, retching or irregular sound.