Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected illness or accidents. A leaflet explaining the benefits of pet insurance can be downloaded here.
We recommend PetPlan www.petplan.co.uk, but many other companies also provide a variety of ranges of cover at a variety of costs. For the more unusual pets, we recommend ExoticDirect www.exoticdirect.co.uk.
As is often the case, with pet insurance the more you pay the more cover you get. Our advice is to ensure that if your pet develops a chronic, perhaps life-long, illness, the insurance company will continue to cover the costs of that illness for life. Many of the cheaper policies only cover the costs of any one condition for up to a year. That is fine if, say, your pet has a nasty bout of diarrhoea or breaks a bone as those sorts of things will normally be fully healed over days or weeks. However, if your pet develops a chronic, long-term disease such diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease or allergic skin disease they may require medication for many years.
Please ask for details about insurance from any member of staff. Please be aware that for insured pets it remains your responsibility to settle your account and then reclaim the fees.