3 things pet insurance covers that you probably think it doesn't - Dr. Marty Becker


3 things pet insurance covers that you probably think it doesn’t

Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

MorganWhen I blog about my educational campaign with Embrace Pet Insurance to end economic euthanasia, I always get a certain number of comments that “pet insurance doesn’t cover anything.”

The other day, I was looking at the list of things covered by Embrace’s wellness plan, and I saw three items that took me by surprise, and thought they might surprise you, too.

1. Titer tests. If you, like many pet owners, want your pets to be protected from disease and also from unnecessary vaccination, titer testing is probably on your radar. Titer tests check your pet’s blood to see if they have antibodies to diseases like canine parvovirus, allowing you to avoid vaccines your pets definitely don’t need.

2. Microchipping. I am a huge advocate of microchipping pets, and frequently share stories of pets reunited with their families against all odds thanks to this technology. I was very pleased to see that Embrace covers this as part of its wellness coverage.

3. Anal glands. I think every veterinarian has a horrible, disgusting, and yet wildly funny story about anal glands, so to be honest I laughed out loud when I saw this one included in the coverage. If you don’t share my somewhat scatological sense of humor, you can substitute toenail clipping, which is also covered!

By the way, I am not being compensated for this post, and I get no “kickback” if you buy a policy. I’m just sharing this information because it interested (and amused!) me.