Trupanion Insurance Review

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Trupanion offers insurance for cats and dogs with no lifetime, annual or per visit limits, and reimburses for accidents and illness veterinary expenses at 90%.


Trupanion Insurance is the ideal insurance provider for owners that are seeking guaranteed coverage when others will not accept their pet - or for those that need extensive treatments and surgeries not covered by other policies. #pets #insurance #cats #dogs
Trupanion was founded in 2000 by Darryl Rawlings, the winner of the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Originally Trupanion operated only in Canada, but after becoming the first profitable pet insurance company in North America, they decided to expand into the United States and insured their first American pet in 2008. Trupanion has continued to use their love of pets to fuel their growth in order to provide quality pet insurance to as many people as possible.

Trupanion is ideal for those owners who want a simple plan that has no annual, lifetime or per incident limits on claims.



PROS:
  • No annual, lifetime or per incident payout limits
  • Can choose whatever deductible amount you want
  • Optional coverage for breeding related expenses
  • 90% Reimbursement level
CONS:
  • No Wellness add-on
  • Long list of exclusions
  • Slow to reimburse claims


Plans/Pricing: (Rating: 7/10)

Trupanion only has one main plan that provides the same coverage to every single customer. However the price paid per month depends on breed, dog size, age, gender, whether they are spayed or neutered, the cost of local veterinary care and the price of the deductible. Monthly prices can vary greatly because of this.

Trupanion also warns that the price of your coverage may increase as your pet gets older or if the cost of veterinary care in your area rises.

As an example, to insure a 2 year old medium mixed breed female dog in Minnesota using a deductible of $200 (the most popular option) will cost $39.12/month.

Below is our sample quote for a dog:

Trupanion Pricing

Pricing and Plans for a 2 year old female, medium, mixed breed dog from Minnesota.




Below is our sample quote for a cat:
Trupanion Pricing for Cat

Pricing and Plans for a 2 year old female domestic short haired cat from Minnesota.



Waiting Period: (Rating: 7/10)

Trupanion has a 30 day waiting period following enrollment for illnesses and 5 days following enrollment for injuries. Any problems that occur within this time frame are considered pre-existing conditions and will not be covered.


Availability: (Rating: 9/10)

Trupanion is available in all 50 states. However, Washington state and Texas have different policies. You can also take your pet to any veterinarian in the U.S, Canada, or Puerto Rico.


Exclusions: (Rating: 7/10)

Trupanion’s list of exclusions includes: examination fees, pre-existing conditions, illness or injury that appear to be from repetitive and specific activity (i.e. bite wounds) that occur 2 times within 18 months of each other, preventative care such as vaccinations, tick/flea control or heartworm medication, dental cleaning, spaying/neutering, and breeding.


Claims/Deductibles: (Rating: 7/10)

Trupanion lets you choose anywhere from $0-$1000 for your per incident deductible. The deductible is the amount that you are responsible to pay before your coverage kicks in for any particular incident. Once You meet the Deductible amount for a
specific Illness or Injury, this policy will pay out all future losses for that specific Illness or Injury. The lower your deductible is the higher your monthly premium will be, and vice versa. You are free to change the deductible whenever you want.

To submit a claim you just have to fill out a simple one page form that can be sent through e-mail or postal mail. According to the sample policy Trupanion provides on their website claims are payable within 60 days after submission of an approved form.


Payouts/Limits: (Rating: 10/10)

Trupanion has only one option for a reimbursement level, which is 90%. There are no per claim, per year, or per lifetime limits.


Extras: (Rating: 7/10)

Trupanion covers therapeutic pet foods and dietary supplements. They also offer 3 optional plans for an additional fee.

1. Recovery and Complimentary Care: this plan covers treatment such as rehabilitative therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic for $4.40/month.

2. Pet Owner Assistance Package: this plan covers boarding fees, burial fees, and liability coverage for $4.95/month.

3. Breeding: this plan covers illnesses or injuries related to breeding. It substantially increases your premiums – for our test quote animal it raised the premium by $24/month.

Unfortunately Trupanion does not offer a wellness add-on that covers veterinary exams or vaccinations. This appears to be a major drawback as most of their competitors provide wellness as an optional add-on at least.


Ease of Enrollment: (Rating: 8/10)

Enrolling your pet with Trupanion is very simple. You can do everything from getting a quote to paying for your first month on their website http://trupanion.com/

Customer Service: (Rating: 6/10)

Trupanion has a 24/7 customer service that can be reached by phone or e-mail. You can call toll-free at 888-733-2685 in the U.S or 855.591.3100 in Canada. They can also be reached online at customercare@trupanion.com for any further inquiries.

Customers should be warned that Trupanion took much longer to respond to an e-mail inquiry than other insurance agencies. This experience has been supported on other pet insurance sites.


Pricing and Details

Pricing
Pricing is determined by whether your pet is spayed or neutered, the breed, the size(dogs) age, gender, the local cost of veterinary care, and the deductible.

Just for Trupanion's main plan without any add-ons owners should expect to pay around $39/month for dogs and $25/month for cats.

*Sample price based on a 2 year old female medium mixed breed dog from Minnesota or a 2 year old female domestic short-haired cat from Minnesta with a $200 deductible and 90% reimbursement level.

Contract Type
Monthly premium

Enrollment Age
Pets from 8 weeks to 14 years can enroll with Trupanion.

Wellness
Routine wellness care such as vet check-ups and vaccinations are not covered.

Accident/Injury
Trupanion is designed to mainly cover accidents and illness. There is no optional wellness add-on.

Deductible
Deductibles range anywhere from $0-$1000 for any particular illness or accident.

Claims
Your premium will never change due to the number of claims that you file or the amount of payments you receive.

Limits
Only cats and dogs are covered under Trupanion. There are no annual, lifetime or per visit limits with Trupanion.

Special Coverage
Dental care for accidents and injuries only – no routine dental cleaning is covered. Heredity and congenital conditions as well as hip dysplasia are also covered as long as they are not pre-existing conditions.



Specification

Pricing and Claim Info

Price Range for Dogs: $39 per month

Pricing Rage for Cats: $25 per month

Pricing Based on: 2 year old female medium mixed breed(dog) or 2 year old female domestic shorthair cat with a $200 deductible and 90% reimbursement level

Multiple Pet Discount: None

Money Back Guarantee: 30 Days

Type of Deductable: Incident

Reimbursement Based on: : Actual Veterinary Charges

Online Claim Submittal & Processing

Enrollment Age Minimum: 8 Weeks

Enrollment Age Maximum: 14 Years

Effective Date: Next day after enrollment

Waiting Period - Illness: 30 Days

Waiting Period - Accidents: 5 Days

Waiting Period - Heredity/Congenital/Other Conditions: Unknown

NO Pre Coverage Exam Required

Coverage: Both In-State & Out of State, Plus Canada and Puerto Rico

Claims Cause Policy Increase?: No

Contract Type

Monthly

Help and Support

Phone

Email

Benefits/Statements Online

Annual Deductables

Per Incident Deductibles

$0 - $1000

Reimbursement Levels

90%

Per Incidence Limits

No Limits

Annual Claim Limits

No Limits

LifeTime Claims Limits

no limits

Covered Animals

Dogs

Cats

Coverage

Spay/Neuter: No

Exam Fees: No

Accidents/Injury

Illness

Congenital Conditions: Yes

Wellness Coverage: No help

Dental: No

Pregnancy: Add-on

Special Coverage: Yes help

Prescription Drug Coverage: Yes

Alternative Therapies: Add-on

Behavioral Issues

Prescription Food & Supplements: Yes


Who is This Insurance Plan Ideal For?

Trupanion is best suited for pet owners who want the freedom to choose their deductible amount and the guarantee that no matter the cost of treatment 90% of the price will be covered.

What We Like

Optional Add-on Plans
The three add-on plans provides services like breeding, rehabilitative therapy, and liability coverage.

No Limits on Claims
While many other insurance companies limit the amount you can receive on a yearly, per visit, or lifetime basis Trupanion guarantees that they will cover 90% of the bill no matter the cost. This is perfect for any owner worried about the expenses associated with an unforeseen accident or illness.

Hip Dysplasia and Congenital Conditions are Covered
Even though hip dysplasia and congenital conditions are very common ailments many competing pet insurance companies do not cover them. Trupanion insures both these problems as part of their core plan as long as they are not pre-existing conditions.


What We Don't Like

Long Wait for Reimbursement
Claims approved by Trupanion will be reimbursed within 60 days of submission. This is much longer than many of their competitors who offer a maximum of 2 weeks for reimbursement.

Too Many Variables that effect Price
Variables that are completely out of your control such as the average cost of vet care in your area influence the monthly premium you are charged. Most pet owners would prefer a predictable price that changes as little as possible.

No Wellness Add-on
Even though Trupanion offers 3 extra add-ons, they do not offer one for wellness. Many pet owners want coverage for vet checks and vaccinations as well, and it is unfortunate that they do not provide and option for this.


Summary

Trupanion is a great pet insurance for owners who want guaranteed coverage if their pet ever has to undergo expensive treatment or surgery. Their offer of no annual or lifetime limits and a reimbursement level of 90% is one of the most appealing in the industry. However you will pay more for that coverage. As well, they offer optional coverage for breeding which most pet insurance companies do not offer.

Despite all of this, their customer service record is not the best even though they offer 24/7 support, and they take much longer to reimburse costs than most of their competitors. Even with these shortcomings you can take comfort in the fact that Trupanion will support you if your pet ever requires expensive care, which is really the most important thing that pet insurance can provide.

Trupanion offers insurance for cats and dogs with no lifetime, annual or per visit limits, and reimburses for accidents and illness veterinary expenses at 90%.

7.7 Total Score
Ideal for owners that want guaranteed 90% coverage with no annual, lifetime or per visit limits.

Trupanion Insurance is the ideal insurance provider for owners that are seeking guaranteed coverage when others will not accept their pet - or for those that need extensive treatments and surgeries not covered by other policies.

Plans/Pricing
7
>Waiting Period
7
Availability
10
Exclusions
7
Claims/Deductibles
7
Payouts/Limits
10
Extras
7
Ease of Enrollment
8
Customer Service
6
PROS
  • No annual, lifetime or per incident payout limits
  • Can choose whatever deductible amount you want
  • Optional coverage for breeding related expenses
  • 90% Reimbursement level
CONS
  • No Wellness add-on
  • Long list of exclusions
  • Slow to reimburse claims


Lynn is the founder and chief editor at ReVUEzzle.com. She is responsible for strategy and business development. Her background is in software development, marketing, and project management. She loves camping, traveling, and all things soccer related. She has been married for over 30 years to one great guy and has two adult children. Lynn is also the human companion to two cats - Jynx and Spanky. She is based in Minnesota, USA.

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