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Old 13th March 2011, 10:19 PM   #46
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We have a little puppy and were planning on putting $50 aside for him for if anything ever came up in future.

Is something like pet insurance a better idea?
I'd be surprised if $50 even covered a quarter of the emergency after-hours consultation cost.

I haven't had to use mine yet, but having had friends spend well beyond $15k+ on a dog that still died in the end I'd say it's worth it.
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Old 13th March 2011, 10:41 PM   #47
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We have a little puppy and were planning on putting $50 aside for him for if anything ever came up in future.

Is something like pet insurance a better idea?
definitely worth it.

At the emergency vet in the northern beaches of sydney, it's $220 just to say hello...
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Old 13th March 2011, 10:54 PM   #48
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aaand the puppy insurance just paid for itself big time... found out the bill for my dogs back operation last week... $8,000!!! insurance covers 80% of it apparently!
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Old 13th March 2011, 10:55 PM   #49
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We have a little puppy and were planning on putting $50 aside for him for if anything ever came up in future.
You mean $50 per month, right?
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aaand the puppy insurance just paid for itself big time... found out the bill for my dogs back operation last week... $8,000!!! insurance covers 80% of it apparently!
What happened to fido?
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Old 14th March 2011, 1:13 AM   #50
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You mean $50 per month, right?
What happened to fido?
I'd take a punt on disc disease.
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Old 14th March 2011, 1:26 AM   #51
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I'd take a punt on disc disease.
.... ventral slot on a Dachsy?
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Old 14th March 2011, 9:10 AM   #52
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I use Pet Plan (www.petplan.com.au). Have 4 dogs on with them.

Have made two claims so far and both were covered without any complaints or arguments etc.

One was a dog with allergies, they covered all of the costs of his treatment to work out what was wrong (including the costs of the top dog dermatologist in Australia) which was about $10k. They are also covering the cost of his ongoing treatment (he needs meds) for the rest of his life.

Had another bitch how stepped on some glass. Had to have an operation to have her pad fixed and then covered that no worries.

So all good experiences.

As far as I know they are the only pet insurer that covers pets for their entire life in the case of a chronic illness. Which is a huge plus imo.
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Old 14th March 2011, 9:40 AM   #53
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You mean $50 per month, right?
What happened to fido?
Yeah, $50 a month. I figured that the fund would grow by $600 a year doing that. At least that way we aren't loosing the money if we don't claim on it but it will also take off some of the bite if ever something happen.

But now I'm reading this thread and seeing the vet bills people are getting I'm thinking maybe insurance is a better way to go.

Might start looking at insurance plans. Can anybody recommend companies to look at? From this thread I've got RACQ, Suncorp, RSPCA and PetPlan to look at.
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Old 14th March 2011, 9:51 AM   #54
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Thats ok pricing.
I mean $250 becomes nothing once you hear about your mate/ relative who's dog broke a leg or swallowed a corn cob and needed surgery.
Something along the lines of +$5k.
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.... ventral slot on a Dachsy?
Maybe a dorsal hemilaminectomy.
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But now I'm reading this thread and seeing the vet bills people are getting I'm thinking maybe insurance is a better way to go.
No doubt abt that.
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Yeah, $50 a month. I figured that the fund would grow by $600 a year doing that. At least that way we aren't loosing the money if we don't claim on it but it will also take off some of the bite if ever something happen.

But now I'm reading this thread and seeing the vet bills people are getting I'm thinking maybe insurance is a better way to go.

Might start looking at insurance plans. Can anybody recommend companies to look at? From this thread I've got RACQ, Suncorp, RSPCA and PetPlan to look at.
I'm with petplan, same as giles666, but haven't had to claim yet (but that's great feedback from Giles).

The thing about vet bills, is that there is no "public hospitals" or facilities funded by the government. Our last dog needed a CT scan, the cost was in the range of $2,000 - just for the scan - cause the pet hospital has to cover the costs of capital - nothing is government subsidised

Of course when I become prime minister I plan to change this and produce a medicare for pets
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Old 14th March 2011, 4:52 PM   #58
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Of course when I become prime minister I plan to change this and produce a medicare for pets
Not a bad idea.
Then logically the next step will be public education for dogs.
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Did some research tonight. Medibank Private's Silver Paw seems pretty good.

Has anybody had experience making a claim with them? Any other recommendations?
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Yeah, $50 a month. I figured that the fund would grow by $600 a year doing that. At least that way we aren't loosing the money if we don't claim on it but it will also take off some of the bite if ever something happen.

But now I'm reading this thread and seeing the vet bills people are getting I'm thinking maybe insurance is a better way to go.
Definitely, especially if you are already saving $50/month. Premiums will be much less than $50/month, any serious bill will be at least $600 you would think, and you will obviously be covered for a lot higher amounts. You can buy some beer each month with the savings
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