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More Reasons to Consider Pet Insurance

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

More Reasons to Consider Pet Insurance

About five years ago, we made the decision to enroll our elderly dog, Yuki, in a pet insurance plan. Yuki has already had a long history of health issues, and we decided that having pet insurance might help take the bite out of her next urgent care visit. We chose Trupanion because it was recommended by our veterinarian.

By the age of 11, our dog already had several pre-existing conditions, including an autoimmune-related skin condition, severe arthritis, and urinary incontinence. Just a few years after she enrolled, Yuki developed pancreatic cancer that had already spread to her liver. Her insurance covered 90% of the cost of the $6,000 surgery to remove the cancer, as well as the diagnostic tests involved; their financial contribution was invaluable to us. Having pet insurance for our beloved senior dog, Yuki, gives us the peace of mind that we'll be able to pay for whatever health treatment she needs to stay comfortable and content.

 

Our Senior Dog Yuki

While we expected that Yuki’s insurance would cover some of the costs of her cancer treatment, we didn’t expect that they would also cover microbiome testing and fecal transplantation. On top of everything else, she experienced hemorrhagic diarrhea periodically until she took a course of AnimalBiome’s Gut Restoration Capsules. It turns out that most major pet insurance companies will cover these alternative health solutions. Read below if you are interested in learning more.

Your pet health insurance may cover AnimalBiome products!

Did you know that your pet’s insurance company may cover the cost of AnimalBiome products? If your pet has been battling diarrhea, vomiting or constipation, food sensitivities, or skin conditions, talk to your veterinarian about trying our gut restoration capsules for dogs or cats and/or our gut health assessment Doggy Kits or Kitty Kits. In general, you may claim our products if you can provide a note from your vet that they are clinically necessary.

 

Pet Insurance - Cute Cat

Unfortunately for our furry friends, no pet insurance policies will cover treatment for pre-existing conditions. This means that if your pet showed signs of digestive issues before you enacted their insurance policy, no treatments for digestive issues will be covered, including AnimalBiome products. Below are some things you’ll need to know to file a claim.

To file a claim if you purchased directly through our website, you will need the following documents:

  • Claim form from your pet insurance company
  • Receipt from AnimalBiome purchase (your Order Confirmation Email)
  • Documentation from your pet’s veterinarian stating that the product is necessary for the diagnosis and/or treatment of your pet’s health issue
  • If this is your first claim, you will need to include your pet’s medical records

To file a claim if you purchased through your veterinarian’s office, you will need the following documents:

  • Claim form from your pet insurance company
  • Invoice from your veterinary clinic with proof of payment for AnimalBiome product
  • If this is your first claim, you will need to include your pet’s medical records

Here are the pet insurance companies that have been known to cover our products, as well as links to information on filing a claim for each company. Check your policy for the details:

ASPCA, Embrace, FIGO, HealthyPaws, Trupanion, PetFirst, PetPlan, PetPremium, 24PetWatch, 4Paws

Pet insurance companies that do not cover our products:

AKC, Nationwide, PetsBest

 

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A healthy pet starts with a healthy gut. AnimalBiome offers supplements for cats and dogs with chronic digestive issues including diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation that introduce whole communities of healthy microbes to your pet. We also offer gut microbiome assessment kits for cats and dogs. See how the bacteria living in your pet’s gut microbiome compare with those found in healthy cats and dogs.

 


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