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Here you’ll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find your answer here, or if something isn’t quite clear please do get in touch.
Lifetime or Lifelong cover means we'll pay for recurring and ongoing treatments as policy benefits are reinstated annually on policy renewal. Lifetime pet insurance provides a set amount of cover for veterinary fees, which renews each year in line with the renewal of the policy. This means that your pet is covered throughout its lifetime providing the policy remains active.
Our Lifetime policy provides an annual benefit limited which will be replenished each year. The limit is reinstated at renewal and covers your pet’s veterinary fees (choose from £4,000 or £6,000) for as long as you require, provided your policy is continually renewed. Please see the Policy Summary and Policy Document for full details.
No, our Lifetime plus and Lifetime Extras policies are true cover for life, with no time limits, providing you renew your policy each year and submit any claims within 6 months of treatment.
Choosing the right policy for you and your pet will depend on the benefits and cover you want from your insurance. Your pet's age and health may also be contributing factors. Compare our policies today to find the policy best suited to you.
Yes as long as claims are submitted within 6 months of treatment and you renew your policy each year.
Our TimeCare policy covers your veterinary fees up to the limit of £1,000 or £3,000, for a maximum of 12 months only from the date of illness or accident, or until the limit is reached.
Provides cover for your pet’s veterinary treatment including fees from the date of accident or illness up to the benefit level or for 12 months. To take advantage of the benefit limit, your policy must be continually renewed and in force during the period of treatment and after the benefit limit or 12 months is reached, which ever come sooner, after which treatment for that accident will be excluded from cover for the remainder of the policy’s life. Please see the Policy Summary and Policy Document for full details.
Our ConditionCare policy covers your veterinary fees, until the vet fee limit is reached for each illness or incident, after which that condition will be excluded.
Provides cover for each new accident or illness up to the benefit level. To take advantage of the benefit limit per illness, your policy must be continually renewed and in force during the period of treatment and after the benefit limit is reached, after which treatment for that accident will be excluded from cover for the remainder of the policy’s life. Please see the Policy Summary and Policy Document for full details.
Pre-existing conditions are not covered under any Pet Protect policy.
Pet insurance is essentially medical insurance, so if your pet has been diagnosed with, or shown signs of, an illness, condition or injury which has or has not been treated in the past, it will not be covered under a new policy. A new insurance policy will only cover you for conditions which may arise in the future. A pre-existing medical condition could be anything, from a chronic health condition such as diabetes to something more simple like a cyst. If you don't declare a condition or symptom then subsequently make a claim for it, it may be declined. If you have any doubts as to whether a condition falls under the definition of "pre-existing" then please call a team member who can help you. And, remember our pet insurance policies do not cover your pet’s routine check-ups, vaccinations, flea and worming treatment but it's important to keep these up to date so your pet remains in the best health possible.
Yes, we will cover you for complementary treatments such as hydrotherapy, herbal or homeopathic medicine, physiotherapy and acupuncture. Cover varies between policies and is subject to limitations. See table of benefits.
Yes, we will pay for medication purchased on the internet but it is important that you provide us with invoices, the prescription from your vet and a completed medication claim form.
Yes, we will pay for congenital and hereditary conditions as long as no symptoms have developed before the policy is taken out or during the 15 day waiting period.
Yes, cats and dogs are covered for up to 31 days foreign travel per year in conjunction with the government's PETS travel scheme. To activate this cover, call us on 0345 602 4797. Cover varies between policies.
There are a variety of factors that affect premiums. Typical rating points include the type, breed, gender and age of animal, the sort of product selected, if your pet's been microchipped and expected future veterinary fee inflation. Veterinary fees in your postcode will also be a factor in calculating your pet's premium.
Yes we do, however new policies are only available for pets aged from 6 weeks to 9 years 11 months for cats, from 8 week to 7 years 11 months for dogs and Specified Breeds (see below) from 8 weeks to 5 years 11 months.
We classify specified breeds as; Akbash, Alano Espanol, Alpine Dachsbracke, American Bandogge Mastiff, American Blue Gascon Hound, American White Shepherd, Appenzeller Sennenhunde, Azawakh, Azores Cattle Dog, Banter Bulldogge, Basenji, Basset Hound, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael), Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois), Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois), Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren), Bernese Mountain Dog, Boar Hound, Boerboel, Boxer, Braque Francais Pyrenees, Bulldog, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, American Bulldog, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Toy Bulldog, Victorian Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Central Asian Outcharka Shepherd, Chinese Shar-Pei, Cirneco dell ‘Etna, Coonhound, American Coonhound, English Coonhound, Black and Tan Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Dalmatian, Danish Broholmer, Deerhound, Scottish Deerhound, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, Dosa Inu, Dutch Sheepdog, English Mastiff, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Estrela Mountain Dog, German Shepherd Dog, King German Shepherd, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Greyhound, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Himalayan Sheepdog, Icelandic Sheepdog, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Landseer, Leonberger, Mastiff, Mee Kyun Dosa, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Mastiff, Old English Sheepdog, Olde English Bulldogge, Perro de Presa Canario, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Pharaoh Hound, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Pyrenean Shepherd, Rafeiro do Alentejo, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Giant Schnauzer, Shiloh Shepherd, Sloughi, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, English Staffordshire Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Miniature English Bull Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire.
You must meet the following eligibility criteria to take out a Pet Protect Insurance policy. If you do not meet this criteria:
You and your pet must meet the following criteria –
Currently we do not insure the following breeds, whether pedigree, cross-breed or mixed breed or breeds of dogs that should be registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 including any subsequent amendments.
Your insurance policy commences on the date you chose the policy to start, as stated on your policy schedule. All our policies include a 15 day exclusion period for injury and illness. This mean that any claims relating to any injury that occurs or illness that manifests within 15 days of the inception date of your policy will be excluded.
While your pet may be healthy and happy today, there is no way to predict what might happen in the future. With Pet Protect pet insurance, you'll ensure your pet has access to veterinary care in case of an illness or accident.
Yes you can, but be aware that we don't cover illnesses that relate to your pet not having received the recommended vaccinations. We advise you take your pet to the vet as soon as possible for its vaccines.
This includes your pet being used or trained for commercial use, guarding, security, farming, hunting, racing, volunteering, etc.
If your pet gets ill, injured or has an accident, you will have to pay the often expensive vet bills. Pet insurance is designed to help you cover unforeseen vet expenses and ensure your pet gets the care and treatment they need. Please be aware that your policy may have an excess and a Vet Contribution. Please check your Policy Schedule for complete details
You're free to use any qualified vet in the UK. If you are referred to another practice, then you will need to contact us in advance.
No, we don't charge to amend your information. Please call to notify us of any changes, we'll be happy to help.
Yes we do. You can read our customer testimonials from existing dog and cat policyholders on our reviews page. We also have customer reviews which are collected by Trustpilot, which you can view here.
A lifelong policy covers your pet for any recurring conditions during their lifetime, up to the annual limit in vet fees, providing your policy is in force and continually renewed. The vet fee amount will then reinstate every year at renewal.
Our TimeCare policy covers your veterinary fees (choose from £1,000 or £3,000) for a maximum of 12 months only from the date of illness or accident, or until the limit is reached.
A sudden and unexpected event brought about by an external influence which is not an illness but which results in an injury.
Has been specifically trained to assist a disabled person and that meets the accredited membership criteria of Assistance Dogs International, Assistance Dogs Europe or the international Guide Dog Federation.
Any condition, which may affect duplicate body parts on both sides of the body within a 12 month period, for example, eyes, ears, knees, cruciate ligaments and hips. Bilateral conditions are considered as one condition.
Changes in your pet’s normal healthy state, its bodily functions or behaviour.
Hydrotherapy, herbal or homeopathic medicine, behavioural therapy, physiotherapy and acupuncture only.
The amount you must pay as shown on your schedule. In respect of injury or illness an excess is payable for each unrelated condition treated during each period of insurance. If the treatment dates of an injury, disease or illness fall into more than one period of insurance, you will be required to pay the excess for each period of insurance.
Physical disease, sickness, infection or failure that is not caused by injury or any changes to your pet’s normal healthy state.
A physical damage or trauma caused by an accident to your pet. An instance of being injured, for instance a wound, bruise, cut, gash, tear, rent, slash, gouge, scratch, graze, laceration, abrasion, contusion, lesion, sore.
Is a tax on general insurance premiums.
The most we will pay as stated on your schedule.
A microchip is a small implant placed under the skin of an animal and contains a unique identification number. Microchips are commonly used to help identify pets if they become lost or stolen.
The period between the Commencement and Expiry dates shown on your schedule. Both dates refer to local standard time at your address.
Government scheme allowing you to take your pet abroad to certain specific countries and re-enter the United Kingdom without the need for your pet to go into quarantine, provided certain criteria have been adhered to.
Any condition or complication directly resulting from a condition that has been identified or investigated by a vet, is known to you or is otherwise reasonable for you to have known about prior to the start of insurance.
A clinical diet where such food has been prescribed by your vet as part of treatment for a covered illness/accident.
This document, the schedule (including any schedules issued in substitution) and any endorsements attaching to this document or the schedule that will be considered part of the legal contract.
The document which identifies the policyholder and sets out details of the cover and excesses.
Spaying or neutering is surgical sterilization. Spaying of females involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract (uterus and ovaries). Neutering of males is done by removing the testicles. Both procedures are performed using strict sterile technique while the pet is under general anaesthesia.
Any examination, consultation, advice, tests, X-rays, medication, surgery, nursing, prescription diet food and care provided by a veterinary practice and/or if instructed by a vet.
A qualified and registered veterinary surgeon.
Fees incurred by a qualified and registered veterinary surgeon at a veterinary practice or at any other authorised organisation.
The amount you must pay towards each claim once any excess has been deducted. Your contribution is calculated as a percentage of the claim depending upon the age of your pet at the start of the current period of insurance.
A dog used or trained for commercial use such as guarding, security, farming, hunting, racing, volunteering etc.
No, you do not need to advise us before you wish to make a claim, unless the treatment carried out is not at your usual veterinary surgery.
The sooner the better, but we must receive your completed claim form, at our offices within 6 months of the treatment being given.
It can take up to 10 working days to process claims at busy periods.
Click here to download a claim form.
You can submit a Repeat Medication claim for ongoing recurring treatment and conditions.
How do I make a Repeat Medication claim?
No, your vet is legally obliged to give you a prescription for medication that they would ordinarily supply themselves.
Vets can charge a reasonable amount to write a prescription and a reasonable cost would be anything up to £12. This is not normally covered under your policy but reasonable charges will be considered when purchasing prescription medicines from VioVet.co.uk. Please include the receipt with your claim.
Some vets may require a consultation with your pet before a repeat prescription can be obtained. This consultation cost can be claimed back, however, you must use a Pet Protect standard claim form when claiming for this cost. The long term repeat prescription claim form can only be used for medication and prescription costs.
If your pet has a long term condition your vet can give you a prescription that can be repeated up to five times or six months' supply. You should place your order for the full amount on the prescription including repeats. NB. Some medication prescriptions e.g. Controlled drugs, are restricted to one month's supply.
Yes, VioVet.co.uk can accept faxed or scanned prescriptions, however, you must send the original to them via post.
The amount you must pay. In respect of injury or illness an excess is payable for each unrelated condition treated during each period of insurance. If the treatment dates of an injury, disease or illness fall into more than one period of insurance, you will be required to pay the excess for each period of insurance.
The amount you must pay towards each claim once any excess has been deducted. This amount is calculated as a percentage of the claim depending upon the age of your pet at the start of the current period of insurance.
Yes. If your vet is able to send VetXML claims via the veterinary practice computer.
Yes, we can make payments directly to your vet, but you would need to check your vet agrees first. The excess and vet fee contribution that may apply to your policy will have to be settled by you with the vet.
If you wish to make a claim for the cost of treatment by a vet, you will need to send us a completed claim form with all relevant invoices within 6 months of the start of any treatment. We will not pay claims made after this 6-month period has elapsed unless this is specifically agreed by us before the end of the 6-month period.
The way we price our products is reviewed on a regular basis, and there can be a number of reasons that could contribute to an increase in policy premium, including but not limited to, vet inflation, your pet’s age, breed and gender. These factors can have a different impact on the premium we can quote and therefore we ensure that the policy you hold is reflective of the risk associated with your pet. We conduct regular research, which allows us to make sure that we quote the lowest possible amount each year that is both sufficient and feasible to allow the insurer to provide comprehensive and sustainable cover for your pet throughout the year.
Your policy is provided to you as an annual contract, which can be renewed each year. Each year the insurer offers you annual cover for the cost of any treatment your pet requires within that year subject to you, the policyholder accepting the annual premium quoted to you. For your convenience your annual premium can be paid in monthly instalments or as a one off annual payment.
This policy has an early exit clause. Since the monthly policy premium cannot continue, the full remaining annual premium becomes payable at the time of premature termination. This clause is not applicable in case if your policy was not used i.e. if you did not submit any final successful claims.
Your policy can be is subject to a number of different internal limits. A £750 limit is applicable to all claims for the cost of MRI scans and/or claims for the treatment of cruciate ligament damage. The policy internal limits are applicable to all claims for cruciate damage and MRI scans, regardless of the cause for the damage of illness. Information about the policy limits is provided in your policy terms and conditions and your policy summary annually, at the time of your policy renewing. Please see your policy terms and conditions and policy summary for details.
Your policy is designed to offer realistic cover up to a certain annual amount in vet bills - see your policy schedule for confirmation of the overall amount covered within your policy. We believe that internal limits are a way of helping our policyholders whilst trying to keep your policy premiums and the cover you selected fair and reasonable.
With constant market changes, advances in medical research and the continual increases of cost for general medical care vets can offer, the cost of your pet’s health care can prove very expensive. Unfortunately this means that in the event your pet suffers from a significant extensive health concern, injury or a condition requiring constant, lifelong care, the annual amount you selected can prove insufficient to cover all costs covered by the policy, throughout the entire year.
As a pet insurer it’s our job to make sure that the policy you chose to purchase provides sufficient levels of cover throughout the year. This means that some of the costs for the treatment covered by your policy must be subject to a limit. This allows us to make a significant contribution towards the cost of treatment but prevents a claim for a single condition using all of your annual cover
Please refer to our complaints procedure page. In the first instance, we will review your complaint and hope to resolve the matter. We will investigate the circumstances regarding your complaint and write to you within two weeks with our response.
If you ask someone else to act on your behalf you should provide us with written authority to allow us to deal with them.*
*If you employ a professional to represent you, you will need to meet their costs yourself.
Yes, you can pay monthly via direct debit.
Yes, you can pay the entire annual premium by credit/debit card.
We accept MasterCard, Visa Delta and Switch Maestro. We currently do not accept Electron, Solo or Amex cards.
We will write to you 21 days prior to your renewal date, letting you know your renewal figure including changes to your premium, terms and conditions and excesses.
You don't need to do anything if you're paying by Direct Debit or Credit/Debit Card and you have requested for your policy to auto renew. Your policy will renew automatically on the anniversary date.
If you have not opted for automatic renewal, you will need to contact us to renew your policy on 0345 602 479.
Your policy will automatically renew, however, if you wish to manually renew your policy please contact us and we will update this on your policy for you.
The way in which we price our products is reviewed on a regular basis. There can be a number of reasons why your policy premium changed, including but not limited to, vet inflation, your pet’s age, breed and gender. These factors can have a different impact on the premium we can quote and therefore we ensure that the policy you hold is reflective of the risk associated with your pet.
We conduct regular research, which allows us to make sure that we quote the lowest possible amount each year that is both sufficient and feasible to allow the insurer to provide comprehensive and sustainable cover for your pet throughout the year.
To discuss any aspects of your policy including premium please call our team on 0345 603 1294.
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