How Much Is Cockapoo Insurance?
Every year, Cockapoo owners have to go through the trouble of re-evaluating their cockapoo’s insurance policy. Cockapoo insurance rates are a perennial source of debate for most of us.
It can be a bit of a maze out there regarding dog insurance—what type to choose, how much it costs, whether or not it’s worth it, etc.—so a breakdown could be helpful.
The expense of veterinary care is constantly rising. While an owner might afford minor illnesses or accidents, major surgery or a condition requiring long-term treatment can become prohibitively expensive. The real problem for dog owners is worrying whether you get the best deal with the right kind of cover and a policy that doesn’t leave you exposed to a massive vet’s bill.
When buying a Cockapoo, it’s crucial to find a professional breeder with an excellent reputation, preferably a breeder that other Cockapoo owners recommend. Of course, if you already own a Cockapoo, this part of the article won’t apply to you. However, potential new owners need to pay attention to the above advice.
Generally, Cockapoos are considered above-average health, but that’s not to say they can’t get injured or, worse, still end up with a life-threatening disease. In addition, Cockapoos have a decent lifespan, and the longer a dog goes into old age, the more susceptible they are to age-related diseases. Remember as well; if you take a break from paying your insurance premiums when you return to reinsure your Cockapoo, your dog might have been through an illness that insurers won’t now cover.
What Type Of Insurance Should You Consider For Your Cockapoo?
Contents and Quick Navigation
- 1 What Type Of Insurance Should You Consider For Your Cockapoo?
- 2 How Much Is Cockapoo Insurance?
- 3 How much will a Cockapoo cost you in total?
- 4 Why Does Pet Insurance For A Cockapoo Go Up When They Age?
- 5 Conclusion
Insuring your Cockapoo is essentially to cover the costs of medical emergencies, but it’s also a good idea to check out the many ‘add-ons’ that insurance providers offer. Things like advertising if your dog gets lost, hydrotherapy, natural remedies, or paying for kennel care bills if you have to go to the hospital are all examples of this.
There are dozens of insurers offering all kinds of policies that will cover a dog for this but not that, or there’s this exclusion or another exclusion for something else; you get the idea.
It can be a bit of a minefield, and you have to tread very carefully, or else you could find yourself with a whopping vet’s bill you weren’t expecting, or you thought your policy covered it.
I will break down a few essential things that you should notice in your policy.
Accident Only Policies
You can find these insurance policies at the lower end of the price spectrum. As the description implies, they only cover your Cockapoo’s medical expenses in the event of an accident.
Some companies will extend coverage to encompass any disease that arises from the accident, but this is not always the case.
These policies can cover specific ailments in dogs, but only up to a certain monetary amount. As a result, if your dog develops a condition like diabetes, they’ll pay out up to, say, £2000, if that’s the amount nominated in the policy. That ailment will have a 12-month time limit (usually the length of the policy before renewal) for a claim before it is no longer covered.
Renewing your policy for another term will exclude the ability to insure your dog for diabetes again.
Maximum Benefits Policies
In this case, too, there is a set limit, say £3,000 per condition, but there is no time limit on how long you can claim under these policies.
Regardless of how long it takes, you can continue to make claims until you reach the maximum amount of £3000.
As soon as you reach the claim amount limit, the illness is considered a pre-existing condition and no longer covered by the insurance policy.
Lifetime Benefit Policies
You can claim up to the limit with a lifetime policy. The coverage is automatically renewed when you renew the policy, so let’s say the limit set is £8000; this amount resets at the start of each policy renewal.
Providing the policy is active, and you continue to pay your premiums, your Cockapoo is insured for the rest of its natural life.
It’s the most expensive option, but it ensures that you won’t have to foot the bill if your dog gets sick and needs ongoing treatment.
Potential Pitfalls You Should Be Aware Of
- Certain insurance companies expect you to pay to be responsible for paying the vet and then waiting for reimbursement.
- Depending on their policy, certain pre-existing conditions cannot be covered by insurance companies. If you have cover with your existing policy, you’ll be better off staying put.
- Senior dogs can be uninsurable with some companies, or they apply an age limit. Once again, check before changing companies and cancelling your current policy.
- Insurance premiums will vary from region to region, depending on where you live, but they will likely rise every year.
- All insurance carriers may not cover pre-existing conditions.
- Companys’ excess amounts will vary from company to company and policy to policy.
- Flea treatments, worming, vaccinations and dental care aren’t included in the package, so you’ll still have to pay for those.
- Before signing up for an insurance policy, make sure you read the policy fine print. Typically you’ll need to continue annual renewals to keep your cover live, and there will be other clauses you need to know.
How Much Is Cockapoo Insurance?
Most pet owners opt for lifetime benefit coverage, the most popular type of insurance available. You can read a more detailed explanation of this specific type of insurance in the paragraph above.
It all depends on what kind of coverage you want and the age and health of the Cockapoo you’re insuring. For a single Cockapoo, a monthly fee of between £20 and £30 should be enough for “lifetime” insurance. As little as £5 – £10 a month for an accident-only policy, for a microchipped Cockapoo, up to £50 a month to cover large pedigree dogs.
According to the Association of British Insurers, the average claim for pet insurance is £822. Many of the claims are even more exorbitant. An unexpected veterinarian bill might cost thousands of pounds.
Insuring your Cockapoo depends on various factors, including the age and health of your pet, your geographic area, and whether or not you have your Cockapoo vaccinated and microchipped. You’ll need to provide your personal and pet information to get a quote. However, when it comes to your Cockapoo, it’s worth going the extra mile to be sure you’re covered.
How much will a Cockapoo cost you in total?
Insuring a cockapoo for its whole life will cost anything up to £6,000, of course; this depends on the type of policy you take out. However, the cost would be exponentially higher if your Cockapoo succumbed to a devastating disease and you had no insurance.
But even if you only have one dog, it’s still a great deal of money and equates to around £400 a year, assuming the dog lives to approximately 14 years. However, we haven’t factored in annual price hikes or increases in premium as your Cockapoo gets older. We have no way of knowing what those costs are likely to be.
Why Does Pet Insurance For A Cockapoo Go Up When They Age?
Insurance companies think primarily about their bottom line, and older dogs will have more health issues than younger dogs. At least under normal circumstances. Because an insurance company expects you to visit the vet more frequently, they know they’ll have more claims they need to pay out on, which affects their profitability.
You’ll find your premiums will start to rise once your Cockapoo reaches eight years of age. This is middle age, and it’s around this age that insurance companies begin to be concerned about claims.
In closing, here are a few other factors you might like to consider:
- Pedigree dogs are more expensive to insure than mixed-breed dogs.
- Insuring a small dog is less costly than insuring a large dog.
- There is a modest difference in the cost of insurance for female dogs and male dogs (even if they have been neutered or spayed).
- A cross-breed, such as a Cockapoo dog’s insurance cost is likely to reflect the dominant breed.
- Dog breeds tending to acquire breed-specific medical conditions also increase the cost of insurance.
Insurance is a means of keeping your Cockapoo happy and healthy, without you going bankrupt because of vet bills, in the process.