If you have a beloved feline companion, you might question the value of investing in a Pet Wellness Plan. In this post, our Torrance vets discuss why Cat Wellness Plans significantly benefit cat owners and their furry companions.
What Is The Difference Between Wellness Plans & Pet Insurance?
It would be ideal if every pet owner signed up for an insurance plan for their cat, but of course, there are several things to consider. Factors such as cost, type of coverage, and your cat's health when starting a policy can all significantly affect your monthly payments.
In addition, many pet insurance plans exclude preventive and routine care, such as routine wellness exams and core vaccines, which are especially important for maintaining your pet's health and avoiding costly procedures and treatments in the first place.
That's where Wellness Plans come in. Pet insurance typically helps cover the cost of emergency care and treatment for severe illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, once they strike. In contrast, a pet wellness plan can help cover annual preventive care costs.
Great Reasons to Consider a Wellness Plan for Your Cat
Cat Wellness Plans provides pet parents and their feline companions with a cost-effective solution, bundling essential preventive veterinary services into 12 manageable monthly payments at a discounted rate. We believe that Pet Wellness Plans offer significant value. Here are a few compelling reasons why:
Convenience & budgeting
Wellness Plans consist of bundles of veterinary services, reducing financial pressure when you bring your pet in for their vet-recommended preventive care services. This payment option makes comprehensive vet care more affordable for pet parents and helps them avoid potentially expensive treatment costs for preventable conditions that might otherwise go undiagnosed.
- Can be paid monthly or annually
- Usually includes discounts on other products and services at the veterinary clinic
- Makes budgeting for pet care more manageable and predictable
Customization & Flexibility
Our Wellness Plans at Harbor Animal Hospital cover cats of all sizes, shapes, and ages. Most Wellness Plans have options for indoor cats and outdoor cats and offer a range of preventive annual and biannual wellness procedures (e.g., wellness exams, bloodwork, parasite testing).
As your veterinarian gets to know your cherished pet, they will be able to let you know whether a Pet Wellness Plan could help you save money while providing your pet with the preventive care they need and deserve.
Animals with special needs, such as senior cats and dogs, new puppies and kittens, and pets with chronic or recurring issues, benefit from routine vet care, including early detection screenings, important preventive vaccinations, and physical examinations.
Things to Consider Before Signing Your Pet Up for a Wellness Plan
When making any financial decision, always consider important factors. Keep these key points in mind when determining if a wellness plan is suitable for you.
Frequency of use
Subscribing to a wellness plan for your young, healthy, or seemingly fine pet might appear counterintuitive. However, in most cases, having coverage you don't need is better than needing it and not having it. We recognize that healthcare decisions for humans or their companion animals are deeply personal and should prioritize the patient's best care. It's essential to consult with a medical professional when making such decisions.
Need for additional coverage
Just as it is important to know what pet insurance does and does not cover, you should also know what your vet clinic's Wellness Plans cover.
Be sure to do your research before signing up. At Harbor Animal Hospital, our Wellness Plans for dogs cover two routine wellness exams a year, core vaccinations, fecal testing for parasites, and 12 months of parasite protection to guard your pup against ticks, fleas, and heartworm disease.
Our Cat Wellness plans cover indoor and outdoor cats, including their two routine wellness exams each year, core vaccinations, fecal parasite testing, and 12 months of parasite protection to guard your feline friend against ticks and fleas.
Making The Right Choice For Your Pet
Ultimately, discussing your pet's needs and budget openly and honestly with your veterinarian can be a good opportunity to learn more about what could suit you and your pet best.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.