Pet First Insurance
Pet First Insurance has mediocre prices. They aren’t exceptionally low or high. There is only one price, and it doesn’t seem to change based on the breed of your dog (they don’t even ask for the breed).
This leads me to conclude that the breed of your dog doesn’t affect your monthly price. So, if you have a Pedigree pet, then their plans might be cheaper for your pet.
You must get riders so that congenital and hereditary conditions are covered (which I think are important- depending on your breed).
There are a lot of Riders that you can purchase. For Routine care, Breeder, Prescription food and Heriditary and Congenital conditions.
The Pet First Insurance is not based on a benefit schedule, so you get reimbursed for what you pay for.
One good thing to note, is that Pet First Insurance covers Breeding with the Breeding Rider.Most other insurance companies don’t cover Breeding, so if you plan on Breeding your pet, this might be a good plan and rider to get.
Below I have made 3 charts. One with the big overview and approximate prices. The second is about the Optional Riders. The last one is about all the plans and has much more detailed information.
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Snapshot Information Chart for Pet First Health Care
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|Plan||Accidents and Illness||Deductible ||Max age limit to sign on||Lifetime cover||Price per month|
|Accident Only (0%)||$3000/incident $3000/yr||$50||All ages||With chronic rider (extra $20 or50)||Dog or Cat $16.95 |
|Senior (20%)||$2000/incident $2000/yr||$100||None, can only sign when 10yrs +||With chronic rider (extra $20 or50)||Dog or Cat $70.95|
|Basic (10%)||$1500/incident $7500/yr||$100||9yrs||With chronic rider (extra $20 or50)||Dog: $38.95 Cat: $28.95|
|Preferred (10%)||$2500/incident $12000/yr||$100||9yrs||With chronic rider (extra $20 or50)||Dog: $50.95 Cat: $38.95|
|Preferred Plus (10%)||$3500/incident $15000/yr||$100||9yrs||With chronic rider (extra $20 or50)||Dog: $68.95 Cat: $52.95|
If you pay annually, you save $12/yr per pet (or $1/month).
Additional Riders that you can add to a plan.
Not all Riders are available in each state.
|Rider||What it covers||Price (per month)|
|Breeders ||$500 annually for C-sections, infection, eclampsia, mastitis||$10|
|Heriditary/ Congential/ Chronic (25%)||Will cover treatment upto 25% of the plans per incident limit. (ex. Plan covers upto $1000/ incident, they will pay upto $250 if it is hereditary etc.)||$20|
|Hereditary/ Congenital/ Chronic (100%)||Will cover treatment upto 100% of the plans per incident limit. ||$50|
|Prescription food||Will pay 25% of prescription food upto $250/yr.||$5|
|Routine care 100*||Covers upto $100 for routine care.||$5|
| ||Included with basic coverage, available with senior.|| |
|Routine care 125*||Covers upto $125 for routine care.||$9|
| ||Included with basic coverage, available with senior.|| |
|Routine care 220*||Covers upto $220 for routine care.||$8.25|
| ||Included with Preferred and Preferred plus.|| |
|Routine care 250*||Covers upto $250 for routine care.||$14|
| ||Included with Preferred.|| |
|Routine care 400*||Covers upto $400 for routine care.||$19|
| ||Included with Preferred plus.|
I would probably recommend the hereditary rider if you have a pet that is pure bred and is prone to hereditary conditions.
Each Routine Rider Includes: Vet exam, annual vaccines, Prevention (flea, tick, heart worm meds, microchip, heartworm test).
Routine125 also includes: Behavior training.
Routine 220, 250, and 400: include everything above as well as Fecal test, spay/neuter, teeth cleaning, blood work, urinalysis.
Detailed coverage Chart for Pet First Insurance
Vet fees- Illness or AccidentRoutine/Preventative care
|Accident Only||Senior||Basic||Preferred||Preferred Plus|
|Vet fees Accident and Illness||$3000 /incident $3000/yr||$2000 /incident $2000/yr||$1500 /incident $7500/yr||$2500 /incident $12000/yr||$3500 /incident $15000/yr|
| ||Accident Only|| || || || |
|Hereditary Conditions||-||With Rider||With Rider||With Rider||With Rider|
| || || || || || |
|Loss of pet due to theft or straying||-||-||-||$300||$500|
|Cremation or Burial||-||-||-||-||$150|
|Euthanasia||Yes- At time of treatment||Yes- At time of treatment||Yes- At time of treatment||Yes- At time of treatment||Yes- At time of treatment|
| || || || || || |
|Boarding (if owner hospitalized)||-||-||$300||$600||$600|
|Holiday (trip cancellation)||-||-||-||$600||$600|
| || || || || || |
|Behavioural problems||-||With Routine Rider||With Routine Rider||With Routine Rider||With Routine Rider|
|Dental (not teeth cleaning)||-||-||-||Cleaning with Routine Rider||Cleaning with Routine Rider|
|Breeding||-||Rider available||Rider available||Rider available||Rider available|
|Medical devices (ex. Wheelchair for dog)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Lost/Stolen pet adds||-||-||$300||$300||$500|
|Third party liability||-||-||-||-||-|
|(dogs only)|| || || || || |
|Accidental Damage (tenant coverage)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Grooming and Bathing||-||-||-||-||-|
|Pet food, Nutritional supplements, vitamins, natural remedies||-||Prescription food only with Rider||Prescription food only with Rider||Prescription food only with Rider||Prescription food only with Rider|
- Additional routine care can be included by adding a rider to your plan. (see the rider chart above for more information).Hereditary conditions-
you must purchase a rider if you want hereditary conditions covered. I think it would be advisable to get this rider.Hip Dysplasia-
is not covered.Loss of pet due to theft or straying
- Will cover replacement price of pet it is lost due to theft or straying and all attempts to find pet fail.Cremation or Burial-
upto $150 is covered for the Preffered plus plan.Euthanasia
is covered at time of treatment.Boarding-
If you go to hospital for more than 96hrs, upto $300 is covered for the Basic, Preferred and Preferred plans.Holiday-
If your pet has emergency surgery 7 days before your holiday or while you are on holiday, they will reimburse upto $600 for the Preferred and Preferred plus plans.Cover abroad-
Travel to Canada is covered.Behavioural problems-
are covered if you purchase the Routine Rider for all plans except the Accident only plan.Prescription Meds-
Cleaning can be covered with a Rider for the Preferred and Preferred plus plans.Alternative treatment-( acupuncture, massage…)
- is covered.Breeding
- Breeding Rider covers upto $500 for emergency C-sections, infection, eclampsia, mastitis.Medical devices
- are not covered.Lost/Stolen Pet (Advertising to find pet if lost/stolen/strays)-
upto $300 is covered for the Basic, Preferred and Preferred plans.Third party liability(dogs only)
- not covered.Accidental Damage-
not covered.Grooming and Bathing
- not covered.Pet food, Nutritional supplements, vitamins, natural remedies
- Prescription food can be covered with an additional Rider.
Some Common Questions:
Lifetime insurer(will they cover on going conditions throughout pets life)?
If you purchase the Hereditary/Congenital/Chronic rider then they will cover ongoing conditions with your pet, otherwise they will not cover ongoing conditions.
Any vet or specific vets only? After hours vets or in home vets?
Can the vet be paid directly?
If not, How quickly are claims processed with Pet First Insurance?
15 business days.
Does Pet First Insurance cover examination fee(if it relates to the injury or illness)?
Yes, between the ages of 8 weeks -9yrs.
Do I stop getting coverage as my dog ages?
No, rate increases slightly.
Does age affect monthly price (as my dog gets older will the monthly premium go up)?
Does Pet First Insurance put the monthly price up every year? By how much?
The price does rise, but not every year.
Does Pet First Insurance serve all of USA? Is the monthly amount more depending on where I live?
Yes. The monthly amount doesn’t depend on where you live, however the taxes wil be different in each location, so that will change.
Waiting period until coverage starts with Pet First Insurance?
14 days for illness. Accident next day.
Do rates increase with more claims/penalized for filing more claims?
Maximum lifetime claim amount with Pet First Insurance?
What is the co-pay for Pet First Insurance?
None to note.
Money back guarantee?
14 day money back guarantee (as long as you haven’t made any claims).
What Pet First Insurance doesn’t cover - claims that are directly or indirectly related to:
• Pets under 8 weeks old.
• Pre-existing conditions.
• No coverage for injuries resulting from: racing, commercial guarding, breeding, hunting, law enforcement.
• Treatment not recommended by a vet.
Make sure to read the fine print before purchasing, there are many more exclusions that are not written here.
If you want to contact Pet First Insurance yourself to order, call: 866-937-PETS (7387)
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Shelter Care - Great prices and excellent customer service.
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