Petcover covers the treatment costs for veterinary fees attributed to accidents, injuries or illnesses which may happen to your pet, provided the condition did not occur prior to cover. After the cover has commenced, cover for injuries and accidents starts immediately on sign up (providing the injury did not occur prior to cover commencement); illness cover begins after the 21 day waiting period.
We would like you to submit your claim as soon as your pet has been treated by your vet. However, you are required to submit a claim within 12 months of your vets invoice date for the relevant accident, injury or illness treatment.
Yes, we can pay the vet directly as long as the treating veterinarian is happy to accept payment in this way. We are unable to direct any veterinarian to accept direct payment on your behalf. Your vet must complete and sign the Direct Payment Section on the claim form for this to happen.
As a responsible pet insurer and advocate of responsible pet ownership, Petcover wouldn’t do anything to discourage our customers from getting their dog or cat treated when they are unwell or injured. It is for this reason that we do not have a ‘no claims discount’, as it may encourage people not to seek vet treatment for fear of losing their potential ‘no claims discount’.
Petcover provides peace of mind that your pet will have access to very best veterinary attention should an unexpected injury or illness happen, that you otherwise would not be able to budget for. Routine, preventative or elective care of your pet, such as vaccination, worming and de-sexing can be budgeted for. This is similar to how your car insurance generally does not cover routine service, tyre care or registration fees.
If you choose not to vaccinate your pet that is your choice, but if the pet was to then get an illness for which a vaccine is available you would not be able to claim for the costs of the treatment as you have not taken all necessary precautions. If your pet is not vaccinated it will not affect your claiming for an unrelated illness.