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6th October 2005, 09:46 PM
i have been surfing the net on pet insurance, and i came across direct line which seems to offer good proctection and is pretty good value,i looked at the advanced cover option and it covers for a lifetime of a condition up to ﾃつ｣6,000 i think it said..does anyone have this insurance or could anyone advise me on this..i would be grateful..and i have finally decided what i will be calling my little cav baby, she will be called jasmine. :lol:
7th October 2005, 07:31 AM
I don't know much about Direct Line - friends had a quote from them and it was expensive :(
I love the name Jasmine though - I know a beautiful Blenheim called Jasmine, she's about 13 now and a very dignified lady :D
7th October 2005, 05:47 PM
Personally Cleopatra, I wouldn't touch Direct line with a barge pole. I had pet insurance for my cats (both now at Rainbow Bridge) and when it came to paying out they tried every excuse in the book.
I also had car insurance with them and one night all my locks got drilled open - they paid for the locks to be re-fitted but wouldn't pay for the bodywork to be repaired. The thing was, the idiots who did the damage had drilled around the locks to try and get them out...
Another bad experience with them is that I have nerve damage in my back from a car accident caused by the other driver. They kept losing all the paperwork that my solicitor sent them.
In other words, they are nothing short of a nightmare. their policies seem good but you just try and make a claim! I have had three experiences with them and all three have been dealt with appallingly and very stressfully. That is the last thing you need when you need to make a claim :(
7th October 2005, 05:48 PM
Also meant to say, Jasmie is a lovely name. one of my favourite flowers too. i have three in my garden as they are so pretty :)
7th October 2005, 06:21 PM
If you have Allianz I know many people very happy with them down here in the Republic. Also when you are looking for policies check whether they cover genetic/inherited conditions as most of the serious cavalier problems are genetic (eg MVD, SM). Be sure to read all the small print regarding what you have to pay on each treatment before claiming and what the exclusions are.
7th October 2005, 06:37 PM
thanks for all your replies, and i think i will be staying well clear of direct line, god they seem like a right load of tossers,
our local vet has leaflets about petplan insurance so i will surf the net and try and find out something about this one, pet insurance can be so confusing, but i guess its important to look at quite a few before deciding, and i am glad you like the name jasmine, i think its a really pretty girly name, at first i wanted to call her bambi, but my husband says that theres no way in hell that he,s gonna be heard calling THAT name to a dog :lol:
7th October 2005, 09:03 PM
As usual, very sound advice from Karlin :)
One other thing to be aware of when looking for a policy is that some policies will pay 100% of continuation costs for treatment but some others will still make you pay the first ﾃつ｣50 or 20% or whatever.
Maxx's policy has so far paid out all the costs of treatment for SM after the first ﾃつ｣50 but my friend has had to pay an excess on every claim.
I think PetPlan is a good company and has a good reputation but they are expensive. Might be worth it in the long run - you do tend to get what you pay for :D
7th October 2005, 09:53 PM
Do you know a general cost for what your friend has to pay? She may be on a plan that's like the 70% option (with the lower monthly premium) I was considering.
8th October 2005, 07:45 AM
I insure all my dogs with more than. they are very good when lady got pyometra she had to have a hysterectmy then she got blood poisoning it was very touch and go for 4 or 5 days more than paid out straight away it was ﾃつ｣700 we only had to pay the access. they were a great help and it was one less thing to worry about.
8th October 2005, 10:02 AM
when i get home from work i will look up more than online and have a good read,is good to heAR from people that can give you advice because they have experience of a certain plan,it can make all the difference
11th October 2005, 10:09 PM
I Searched for ages to find the right cover,
I went with Pinnicle, fab!
Life long cover not the normal 12 months, yes I did have to pay the first 15% if over ﾃつ｣300 for each illness but then it was covered for life with ﾃつ｣6000 per year, so like Donna said I payed the once but can go back again this year, next year or the year after that for my repeat MRI's for the SM or any other condition and medicines unlike the pay free policys which only normally cover the 12 months and then finish on that illness.
I cover all 4 with them, wouldn't look elsewhere. premium is ﾃつ｣12.50 a month.
12th October 2005, 10:35 AM
i have never heard of pinnacle so am going to have a look at some info on them now, i have also looked at petplan which seems very good and more than pet insurance looks good too..
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