Updated: Oct 13, 2021
One of Tracey's most heartbreaking jobs as a vet is dealing with the issue of "economic euthanasia" - that is, having to put down a beloved pet with treatable injuries or conditions, because the owners, no matter how much they love their pet, lack the financial resources to pay for unexpected emergency veterinary expenses.
Because of this, we bang on endlessly to our puppy owners (and anyone else who will listen) about how important Pet Insurance is, which brings us to some wonderful news we can finally share.
We've working on this for a while, so it's great to be able to announce that in conjunction with Petplan, from July 2021, Kitaco Kennels will include a full year of the Petplan Classic 1 Policy, valued at more than $500 in the purchase price of our puppies.
We are so excited to be working with Petplan New Zealand, who in Jan 2021, won the Feefo Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.
Kitaco is leading the way once again, with this new approach to ensuring pups are insured and never subject to "economic euthanasia".
How is this different from the insurance most breeders offer?
This is not the widespread "free 6 weeks for breeders" deal offered by most pet insurance compnaies. This is a full year of comprehensive pet insurance valued at over $500, which owners can continue with at the end of the first, complimentary year.
Why would you include this?
Because Petplan are great and the conversion rate to an actual insurance policy on breeder "free 6 weeks deals" that most breeders send out with their puppies is about 8%, so sadly, 92% of new puppies sold, even with free cover, are uninsured and vulnerable six weeks after arriving in their new home.
Also. did we mention Tracey's heartbreak at dealing with the issue of "economic euthanasia"?
What is the policy?
The policy provides for the following (please note, some are optional extras we do not include):
$10,000 Veterinary Fee cover for the treatment of Injury, Accident or Illness
$3 Million (Dogs only) Third Party Liability
Up to $2,000 Complementary Treatment & Alternative Therapy
Up to $1,500 Optional Extra Benefit Death from Illness
Up to $1,500 Optional Extra Benefit Death from Injury
$1,000 for Dogs Boarding Fees
Up to $1,000 Advertising & Reward
Up to $1,500 Optional Extra Benefit Loss by Theft or Straying
$1,000 for Dogs Holiday Cancellation
Up to $1,000 Quarantine Expenses & Loss of Documents
$500 Emergency Repatriation ($150(Up to 7 years), $150+20%(8+ years), $150+35%(10+ years))
Excesses - Standard breeds (for dogs)
$150(Up to 3 years)
*Even better, it is lifetime cover, which means "Covered For Life®” Plans specific to Petplan® where chronic, re-occurring or lifelong conditions and Illnesses are covered for the full life of the pet, (provided the policy is renewed each year without a gap in cover, of course).
The Classic 1 is Petplan’s most popular policy for comprehensive cover, and we are so pleased to be able to bring it to our owners, included in our purchase price. If you want more information, the full policy document can be read here.