Spot Pet Insurance plans cover exam fees for accident and illness-related vet visits – in-clinic and virtual visits included! This can be a huge cost saver as exam fees typically cost $50 to $75 and are included in nearly every vet bill. Petplan Pet Insurance plans do not cover any vet exam fees.
With 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffering from some form of gum disease by age 3 having coverage for dental illnesses is crucial, as treatment can get very expensive. Spot insurance plans cover dental and periodontal illnesses. Petplan insurance plans don’t.
With an estimated 40% of pet owners reporting cats or dogs with behavioral problems, having coverage to treat common behavioral issues like separation anxiety and aggression can prove to be very valuable. Spot insurance plans cover behavioral issues. Petplan insurance plans do not.
Petplan insurance plans don’t cover diseases that could have otherwise been prevented by routine vaccinations or preventive medication. While we encourage you to stay up to date with your pet’s preventive care, your Spot insurance plan would not decline to cover a serious illness like parvovirus or lyme disease because they missed a vaccine or dose of preventive medication.
Rx food & supplements can be very helpful for pets suffering from a range of illnesses, from kidney disease to diabetes, but they can also be a costly recurring expense. As long as a food or supplement is prescribed to treat an eligible accident or illness and not for general health or weight maintenance, Spot insurance plans will cover it. Petplan insurance plans don’t offer coverage for Rx food or supplements.
We believe pet parents are entitled to a high reimbursement rate and low deductible regardless of their pet’s old age, or breed. It’s why everyone who enrolls in a Spot insurance plan gets 90% back on eligible vet bills and a choice of a $100, $250, or $500 annual deductible. Petplan insurance plans limit reimbursement and deductible options for pet parents enrolling older pets and certain breeds. For example, if you have a 10-year-old Pug, you are only eligible for a 50% reimbursement rate and a $1k annual deductible. If you have a 1-year-old medium mixed-breed dog, you are eligible for reimbursement rates ranging from 70%-90% and deductible options ranging from $100-$500.
Petplan insurance plans only offer unlimited annual coverage. Pumpkin insurance plans offer this too, but also have additional annual limit options backed by recent claim data. We researched and found that <2% of customers filed over $10k/yr in claims, while <3% of customers filed over $7k/yr in claims. That’s why Spot plans offer smart annual limits of $10k for dogs and $7k for cats, plus higher annual limit options (including an unlimited option) for pet parents looking for added peace of mind.
Petplan insurance plans require that all pets under age 6 have a “complete clinical examination” at least 12 months before or 15 days after their policy effective date. If your pet is over age 6, the exam must happen at least 30 days before or 15 days after your policy effective date. Their policy states, “failure to submit your pet to a complete clinical examination may void the policy.” A clinical exam is not required to receive coverage from a Spot insurance plan.
Spot insurance plans cover hip dysplasia in all pets 8 weeks and up. In addition, the waiting period for hip dysplasia coverage is the same as for any illness: 14 days. Petplan insurance plans only cover hip dysplasia in dogs age 6 or younger at the time of enrollment. There is also a 1-year waiting period before hip dysplasia coverage kicks in. If symptoms develop during that time, the condition would be considered pre-existing, and your pet would not be eligible for coverage.
We know pet care can be expensive – especially when you have more than one four-legged family member to budget for. That’s why Spot insurance plans offer a 10% multi-pet discount for each additional pet you enroll. Petplan insurance plans do not offer one.
Petplan doesn’t offer benefits to help cover the costs of your pet’s routine preventive care. At Spot, we’re just as committed to preventing illnesses and detecting diseases early as we are to treating them. That’s why we worked with leading vets to create two preventive wellness plans. It’s not insurance, but an optional benefit you can add to your insurance plan if you want refunds for routine care pets need to stay healthy each year, including: your pet’s annual wellness exam fee; vaccines (4 for puppies, 2 for dogs, 1 for cats); a fecal “poop” test for intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms & whipworms); and for dogs, a blood test for heartworm disease and diseases spread by ticks (lyme, ehrlichiosis & anaplasmosis).