History of Petplan
Petplan US has an interesting story. In 2001, Natasha and Chris Ashton, moved to Philadelphia with their cat, Bodey to attend the prestigious University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Shortly thereafter, their cat became ill and the veterinary bill ended being $5000.00 This unfortunate incident with their cat and the knowledge that nearly a quarter of pets are insured in their native Britain gave them an idea to enter their school’s business plan competition, and submitted a pet insurance business plan called PAWS, which won the $20,000 grand prize. Thereafter, the Ashtons incorporated Fetch Inc., which in November 2003 was awarded the exclusive license for the Petplan brand in the United States, which had its start in the U.K. in 1976. So if you combine Petplan’s history in the U.K., Petplan USA, compared to its competitors, has been around the longest.
Some Interesting background facts on Petplan:
- In 2011, Petplan was selected by North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no kill animal rescue and adoption, as their exclusive insurance provider.
- Petplan’s Fetch blog features advice for pet health, written by veterinary professionals
- Every new enrollee is offered a month of Barkbox, a pet treat company headquartered in NY, and a subscription to Fetch magazine.
- In 2016, Petplan US switched underwriters to provide a broader choice of policy coverage, which increased the cost of monthly premiums
|Policy Coverage||Major Medical|
|XL Specialty Insurance or AGCS Marine
Company, a member of Allianz Group
|Where Plans Offered||US and Canada|
|Annual Deductible and Per Condition|
|Policy Limit Options||$2500 to unlimited|
|Lifetime Limits||Unlimited to up to policy limits|
|Wellness Coverage||Not offered|
|Upper age limits||No|
|Vet Exams fees||Yes|
|Hips Dysplasia||Yes. 15 days waiting period|
|Waiting Periods||5 days for accidents
15 day illness
6 months orthopedic coverage
Email ,live chat ,phone call
|Filing Claim Options||Email, fax, mobile phone app|
|Enrollment Requirements||No exam required prior to enroll. However, you need an exam prior to claims payout. Yearly exam required for future claims payout.|
|Year in Business||2006 – 12 years|
|30 day free look||Yes|
|Get your paws on a fast, free quote now at Petplan.com!||Get an automatic 5% discount on your dog’s health insurance just for enrolling online at Petplan.com!|
Here are Petplan’s strengths:
- Offers vet exam coverage
- Offers deep comprehensive plans
- Offers flexible deductible: coverage range from 100 to 1000
- Offers flexible reimbursement; coverage range from 70 to 90%
- Offers both annual and per-condition deductible
- Offers 24/7 customer service, preapprovals for emergencies allowed if necessary paperwork submitted.
- Offers dental disease coverage.
- Offers mobile phone app for claims processing and record keeping
- Offers Long established history. Petplan UK founded in 1976.
- Excellent customer satisfaction reviews with petinsurance review (9.1), and consumers advocate (8.9/10).
Here is what is not offered/or required by Petplan:
- No wellness coverage
- Yearly health and dental exam required for future claims payout
- Monthly premiums higher than most of their competitors
- No prescription food coverage
- $3.00 monthly transaction fee if you choose monthly/quarterly vs annually payment
- Requires pet owners to take pet to vet within 48 hours of noticing symptoms.
- One time $25.00 registration fee
- 6 month wait for knee coverage (can be waived if knees declared healthy by veterinarian within one month of enrolling.)
- Does not allow policy holders to change/add plan until the next 12 months’ period begins.
- Does not cover other injured knee if first knee was pre existing prior to enrollment.
A Quick Overview on Petplan:
Although Petplan monthly premium is higher than most of its competitors, Petplan offers one of the most comprehensive insurance plans, with many options for annual benefits, deductibles, and reimbursement rates. In addition, Petplan offers vet exams fees, no upper age limits, 24/7 customer service, and pre-approvals. Although not a deal breaker, Petplan requires pet owners to see a vet within 48 hours if they suspect any symptoms. It is also important to note that as a pet owner, you are required to take your pet to the vet every year for a health or dental exam, or anything diagnosed at the next visit will be treated as a preexisting condition. So if you file a claim for an ear infection, and the pet has not seen a vet within the last 12 months, that ear infection will not be covered. Petplan’s advantage over the other pet insurance companies is that it has been in business for 40 years (U.K. included), and a long established reputation. So if you are looking for a pet insurance company that offers one of the most comprehensive insurance plans, offers 24/7 customer service, and has the longest established history and reputation, click on banner below and see if Petplan’s plans and prices would be a great fit for you and your pet.