May is shaping up to be a great month for older pets. The reason? There’s now a solution for owners who can’t find insurance cover for their pets in their ‘golden years’, due to maximum age limits that usually apply to new policies. It’s all down to Agria Pet Insurance which has announced an Age Amnesty for the whole of May. It means that pet owners will be offered a quote for cover regardless of the age of their pet.*
As with humans, there’s an increased likelihood of developing chronic mobility problems, heart disease, cancer and many other conditions as pets get older. Vets can do a lot to help due to advances in medicine and there is an increasing number of accredited veterinary specialists who have access to advanced technology such as CT scanners and MRI.
While treating conditions of old age is now more feasible than in the past, treating those conditions can be costly for the owner and unfortunately may even be a barrier to making an appointment with a vet to have the animal treated at all.
Being able to access pet insurance at this important time in the pet’s life gives owners the reassurance they need to take action early when they suspect that health is compromised. Vets say that detecting a disease in its early stages allows them to take action that can slow the progression of the condition, or improve the pet’s quality of life but also report that all too often pets are seen too late.
The Agria Age Amnesty offers owners a chance to access high quality veterinary care whenever their pet needs it. The older the pet is, the greater the chance of calling upon its insurance cover.
Adopters considering rehoming older pets often face concerns about the possibilities of illness in the future and this can mean that many are reluctant to offer a home to an older dog or cat as a result. For the last year Agria has also been providing five weeks free pet insurance, plus lifetime insurance quotes without an age limit, for the rehomed pets from our partner rehoming organisations .* This initiative offers prospective adopters greater confidence that they can provide a loving home for an older pet without worrying about the financial consequences of funding treatment.
Rehoming organisations can find out more about this scheme by visiting www.agriapet.co.uk/rehoming.
Opening up this offer to all pet owners through May offers a rare opportunity to insure potentially vulnerable senior dogs and cats. Agria UK Head of Sales and Marketing Alastair Cook says, “The bond with an older pet is often special and it can be very distressing when they develop a condition that is going to require treatment on an ongoing basis. We don’t want cost to be the pet owner’s biggest worry, or for people to feel that they can’t afford to ask their veterinary practice for help. We’d love people to get behind the Age Amnesty so they can continue to do their best for their pet as he or she gets older.”
To ask for an Age Amnesty quote pet owners can contact Agria direct by telephone on 03330 30 10 00 or visit www.agriapet.co.uk
*Terms conditions and excesses apply. Agria Pet Insurance Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register Number 496160. Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is registered and incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 4258783. Registered office: 2b Alton House Office Park, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8XU.
About Agria Pet Insurance
Agria is one of the world’s leading animal insurers, specialising in small animal and equine insurance. Founded in Sweden over 120 years ago, Agria came to the UK in 2009 and is based in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
Agria UK works closely with veterinary practices, the Kennel Club and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and supports the work of numerous charities and rehoming centres by providing free pet insurance for 5 weeks for both puppies and kittens and rehomed rescue dogs and cats of any age.
Since 2009, Agria UK has made donations to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust amounting to over £500,000.
Agria’s lifetime commitment to pet owners means that veterinary fees cover is reinstated every year that the insurance policy renews and maximum benefits are reapplied, even if previous claims have been made. This means that on-going conditions can be covered, even if the condition lasts for the whole of the pet’s life.