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Complementary treatments like hydrotherapy, acupuncture and massage aren’t just helpful for people – they can be perfect for pets too.

And when your vet recommends a complementary treatment alongside standard veterinary care, we’ll be there to help cover the cost. So relax knowing that we have got you covered.

What you’re covered for

When you protect your pet with Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance, we’ll cover the costs of complementary treatments your vet recommends – up to the limits set out below and in your Certificate of Insurance.

There are some breeds that we won't cover under our £10,000 limit which you can find details of in our FAQ section. Please note that we won't cover any pre-existing conditions and that terms, conditions, excesses and exclusions and limitations apply. You can find out more about the terms of our cover in our policy documents.

Complementary treatment cover

Time limited £3,000 Lifetime £2,500 Lifetime £5,000 Lifetime £7,500 Lifetime £10,000 Maximum benefit £3,000 Maximum benefit £6,000
Cover for 12 months or up to max amount below* Covers up to max amount below each year* Covers up to max amount per condition*
£500 £750 £1,500 £1,500 £1,500 £1,500 £1,500

*Part of overall vet fee limit

What are complementary treatments?

Complementary treatments for animals and pets are treatments used alongside standard or conventional vet care.

Every treatment is different – but they’re generally used to relieve pain, prevent future health problems and help with recovery after surgery.

What complementary treatments do we cover?

See what complementary treatments we cover when you protect your pet with us.

When you protect your pet with us, we’ll help cover the costs of the following complementary treatments. To be covered under our policy, all treatments must be recommended by your vet, veterinary practice or a member of an approved professional organisation. Each treatment is covered up to the policy limit detailed in the Certificate of Insurance.

Hydrotherapy treatment can be used to help pets and animals relieve pain, reduce swelling, increase mobility and recover following surgery.

It’s mostly used for dogs (you may know it as dog hydrotherapy or canine hydrotherapy) but it can help other animals too, including cats.

Osteopathy is a complementary treatment that can help diagnose, treat and prevent various pet health problems.

An animal osteopath, or osteopathic vet, can help with problems and conditions including:

  • Back, neck and joint pain
  • Hip or elbow joint dysplasia
  • Lameness, weakness or limping

We all know how beneficial a massage can be for our health and wellbeing. And it’s no different for pets.

Massage and healing can be used alongside conventional veterinary care to help:

  • Manage common pet health conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Reduce pain, tension and stress
  • Speed up recovery from injury or surgery

Veterinary laser therapy is a non-invasive and pain-free complementary treatment used to care for a number of common pet health conditions, including arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Alongside standard veterinary care, laser therapy treatment can help:

  • Increase circulation to problem areas
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Repair tissue damage
  • Treat sprains and strains

Electrical muscle stimulation, or electrical stimulation therapy, is a complementary treatment that can help pets recover faster from injury or surgery.

It can be used on pets, including cats and dogs, to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and strengthen muscles.

This traditional Chinese medicine, where small needles are inserted into specific points in the body to relieve pain, is one of the most popular complementary therapies around. And it’s pretty popular with pets too.

Acupuncture is commonly used for cats and dogs with health problems and conditions such as:

  • Back pain and spinal problems
  • Digestive diseases and disorders
  • Joint conditions and diseases including arthritis and hip dysplasia

Is your pet suffering from neck or back pain? Or having a hard time moving around? An animal chiropractor may help get them back on track.

Just like with humans, an animal chiropractor can help diagnose and treat disorders that affect your pet’s bones, muscles and joints.



Could complementary treatments help your pet?

Everyone has their own opinions on the benefits of complementary therapy. But there’s no doubt they’re becoming more and more common in pet healthcare. And if your vet recommends any of the treatments above, we’ve got you covered.

If your pet has a problem you think could benefit from a complementary treatment, you can always use Sainsbury’s Bank Vet Assistance to speak to a qualified vet nurse.

Remember – they’re on hand, day and night to help with any non-emergency queries about your pet’s health and wellbeing.

Make a claim for complementary treatments

If your vet has recommended a complementary treatment for your pet, and it’s being carried out by a registered veterinary practice or an approved professional organisation, simply go ahead and make a claim online in My Pet Portal.

Helpful guides for your pet

Keep your pet healthy and happy with our handy guides and information.

Pet health and wellbeing

Hints and tips to keep your cat or dog in good health

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What else am I covered for?

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Vets explained

Everything you need to know about vets – all in one place

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Any questions?

Got a query about complementary treatment cover or how our pet insurance works? We’ve pulled together the answers to some of the most common questions we get from our customers.

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Ready to protect your pet?

If you’ve been looking for pet insurance that covers the cost of complementary treatments like hydrotherapy or acupuncture, we’ve got you covered.

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