Unfortunately, Sainsbury’s Bank can’t offer pet insurance for pre-existing conditions. But that doesn’t mean your pet has to go without cover.
We’ve pulled together a collection of next steps you can take to protect your pet. We’ll explain how you can still get insurance that’ll cover them for future illnesses and conditions.
Can I get pet insurance for pre-existing conditions?
While we cannot provide pet insurance that covers pre-existing conditions, there are other policies which can cover your pet.
Under any policy, terms, conditions, excesses, exclusions and limitations apply. In some instances, your pet’s pre-existing conditions could be deemed an exclusion to your policy.
Pets can be surprisingly resilient though, and sometimes they can recover from pre-existing conditions. We really hope that happens – and if it does, we may be able to review your pet’s cover.
Either way, you could still have options for any future trouble your companion might find itself running into.
Why can’t I get pet insurance for pre-existing conditions?
When you have an uninsured pet, it can be stressful or confusing when you struggle to find cover for that illness. But there are a few reasons why we cannot offer premiums for pre-existing illnesses.
Cost to the policyholder
We want to make sure our pet insurance is affordable to all. There is pet insurance designed for pre-existing conditions, however, premiums on policies like this can be more expensive, which is one of the reasons we do not offer this type of cover.
That’s because there is a much higher chance a pre-existing illness will need veterinary treatment and an insurance policy may need to pay out. Consequently, an insurer will need to charge a higher monthly premium to cover these much more likely costs.
Different types of conditions and illnesses
Pet insurance for pre-existing conditions can’t be quoted on a ‘one-size fits all’ basis. Some ailments are worse than others, and to get an accurate quote, all outcomes would need to be considered.
Again, keeping our premiums as low as we can for you is something we pride ourselves on.
What counts as a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is defined as any illness, injury, or symptom (isolated or ongoing) that your pet has – or is suffering from, prior to the start date of your policy.
Depending on a pet’s time without symptoms, your insurer may choose to allow it. However, anything that has affected your pet during its lifetime should be mentioned, even if it’s an old condition.
That also includes any previous discussions with your vet or other professionals about your pet’s health and behaviour; even if treatment wasn’t required, or you were told it was nothing to worry about.
The main thing to remember is, to make sure you’re covered correctly, it’s essential to disclose everything.
That’s a lot to take in, so here’s a list of things that could be considered a pre-existing medical condition.
- Signs or symptoms of a diagnosed illness
- Signs or symptoms of an undiagnosed illness
- An existing established illness
For example, if your pup is struggling with a runny nose, cough and a fever, that could be a sign of dog flu (canine influenza).
While this may be a short-term illness, it could result in other issues down the line. It’s important you share this information with your insurer even if your pet has made a full recovery.
Other illnesses to mention could include:
Injuries can be classed as:
- Intestinal parasites
- Cuts, burns or bruises
- Limps or old wounds
- Damaged bones or muscles
Whether it’s a limp, an old injury seemingly recovered from or damage to an ear, any of these could be classed as pre-existing conditions. It’s always worth mentioning old ailments, just in case they may end up voiding a policy if not disclosed.
That goes for any new injuries picked up during the initial few days of a policy being taken out. It’s important to be super vigilant and keep an eye on your pet’s condition during those initial days.
Chronic and hereditary conditions
Some breeds of dog, cat or rabbit may have notable long-term issues, or your companion may suffer, just as you might, with asthma.
The below examples are the main ones that spring to mind when talking about pet insurance for existing conditions:
Other long-term and permanent conditions you may not think to mention include obesity and allergies. If your pet is currently taking medication to combat allergies or has been recommended for a weight loss program, these will need to be disclosed when getting a quote.
What pet insurance cover do you offer?
If you’re looking to cover your pets for accidental bumps, scrapes and illnesses that could appear in the future, you’re not out of options. While pre-existing conditions may be excluded, you can still cover those other unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances.