Tuesday, Aug. 5th 2014

Pet Insurance, Chiropractic Seminar, and Radio Interview

Pet Insurance—Here at WHPC we’ve been reviewing pet insurance programs to try to determine which are best to help our clients better afford good care for their pets.  So far VPI and Trupanion seem to be the front runners as far as providing reimbursal for holistic therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic.  They vary in their coverage, cost, and package deals and each seems to have different reasons to consider them so it depends on what features you are looking for.  In general, pet insurance reimburses you for veterinary costs you have already paid for, rather than paying your vet directly.

Trupanion will cover congenital or hereditary problems as long as the pet does not have any related symptoms when you enroll.  VPI does not and has some breed-specific disease exclusions.  Trupanion does not cover preventive care such as vaccinations (or presumably titers), flea and tick control, or dentals.  VPI only covers those if you buy the Wellness coverage rider.  Trupanion has a simpler structure with just one plan and your choice of deductible plus various riders which are optional, whereas VPI offers a variety of different plans and riders depending on your desires.  We feel Trupanion with the Recovery and Complementary Care Rider is the best choice for most of our clients but have information on both in the clinic.

Clients who would benefit most from pet insurance are those who want to be able to do labwork, surgeries or other treatments for their pets which they might otherwise be hesitant to do because of cost.  Since you are paying a monthly cost for the insurance then they reimburse you for your covered expenses, you can be more comfortable agreeing to what your pet needs for diagnosis and treatment.

If you are interested in finding out more about these insurance options, you can come in and talk to us about them, or see their websites at www.trupanion.com or www.petinsurance.com (for VPI).  Also keep in mind we offer Wellness Plans which can be found on our website at https://www.wholehealthpetcenter.com/services/wellness-plans/ which offers another way to spread out veterinary costs.

Upcoming Events

September 11 is our next free public seminar.  This one is titled “Animal Chiropractic—NOT for the spineless!” and will cover the science behind chiropractic and how it can benefit your pet.  It is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the clinic and will last about 90 minutes.  We encourage you to bring skeptical friends to hear about chiropractic’s amazing usefulness in health care.  Call 816-331-1868 to register for our head-count. 

We regularly offer canine massage in our clinic by two different talented massage therapists, both certified in canine massage and active in the dog performance world.  Massage can be beneficial for pets with stiffness, lameness, or hard-working performance or show dogs.  And of course, it feels great so even if your dog doesn’t “need” a massage, it’s a great treat, and under $50!  Call us to find out when the next date is and to make an appointment.

 Other News:

Doc Sandi was recently interviewed by Dr Jeff Wayman of Cass County Animal Hospital on his online web radio show.  You can find the interview on www.kctalkradio.com where the show is called Pet Talk.  The date of the interview was August 3, 2014 and lasts about 30 minutes. 

Remember to find and “like” our Facebook page called Whole Health Pet Center.  We post several times a day, upcoming events, pictures of patients, about various pet health issues, food and treat recalls, and some stuff just for fun.

Doc Sandi has also started a page called KC Metro Pets Are People Too which you may enjoy.  This is a page for pet lovers who want to share pet-related events, talk about area pet-related businesses, find foster homes (not for rehoming a family pet, though!), help foster and shelter organizations, and learn about charity events.  Or just talk pets in general.  Come check it out and share it with your friends!  Anyone can contribute!


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