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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI)

P.O. Box 2488
Brea, CA 92822-2344
phone: (888) 899-4VPI
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Founded in 1980, VPI is the oldest and largest health insurance plan for pets in the US. VPI plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional vaccination and routine care coverage is also available.
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10/10   better than I every imagined!, 5/19/2015

Reviewed By: Anne McFarland, Recommend: Y

My big tabby began sneezing and coughing a lot. He is now my inside/outside pet, after spending at least 2 years outside on my patio and not being fed while I took care of an inside cat with many health problems.

He began sneezing and coughing, so I took him to my regular vet, who had a blood test that proved he has FIV. After an $88 vet bill I submitted a bill to VPI, and was very pleased to receive a check for $55. It was much more than I expected.
Injury/Illness: not sure   Breed: Tabby
Claim Amount: under $100   Age of Pet: 1 - 8
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10/10   Very Happy with VPI, 5/14/2015

Reviewed By: mary sokolowski, Recommend: Y

I have a 10 year old dog that VPI had no problem covering .Had only paid my first payment , submitted a claim and got almost all of it back ! S o easy ! I am very happy with my choice
Injury/Illness: health wellness   Breed: Shih Tzu
Claim Amount: $100 - $500   Age of Pet: over 8 years
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9/10   Marshmallow the Ferret , 5/11/2015

Reviewed By: Diana Territo, Recommend: Y

VPI- please add ferret to your questions below- I had to pick cat because my choices were only dog or cat. Thanks!

Marshmallow my little ferret was withdrawn and not eating, not like her at all. I brought her to the vet, who after X-rays and ultrasound found that Marshmallow had a blockage. Marshmallow had surgery that evening and the vet removed a cosmetics tip applicator from her. I never thought I would actually need insurance, but thankfully I had it and was able to get my baby the care that she needed. I will never be without insurance for my pets. VPI reimbursed me $930, which more than covers the cost of Marshmallow's insurance for years to come. Very much worth it both financially and for peace of mind. Thank you VPI.
Injury/Illness: intestinal blockage   Breed: Exotic Longhair
Claim Amount: over $1000   Age of Pet: 1 - 8
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10/10   Great Experience, 4/28/2015

Reviewed By: Diane, Recommend: Y

My 10 year old Golden Retriever Jack tore his ACL and had major surgery to repair. I have had VPI insurance for over 5 years, but had never used it. Within 3 days of Jack's tear, he was in for surgery, my Vet filed the paperwork the next day and I received a claim check within 2 weeks.

I agree with other reviewers on this page, that you should do your due diligence on the policy and understand the reimbursement. I did not and once I started reading the policy, I had low expectations. Jack's surgery was over $4,000 and in the end I received all but a small deductable. I couldn't be happier with the claim process and outcome.
Injury/Illness: ACL Surgery   Breed: Golden Retriever
Claim Amount: over $1000   Age of Pet: under a year
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10/10   vpi is the best, 4/24/2015

Reviewed By: marie george, Recommend: Y

Read your ins policy.
Angus had an hemangioma which was not properly treated after his surgery which left us with multiple vet visits till it became an emergency vet visit. VPI ins helped pay most of the caim. Angus was only 4 years old. He is just fine now. Thanks VPI.
Injury/Illness: skin problem   Breed: Italian Greyhound
Claim Amount: over $1000   Age of Pet: 1 - 8
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6/10   VPI is OK --- consumers need to educate themselves,
I've had a VPI policy for about 7 years and recently had to submit a claim for the 1st time. Submitting the claim was easy and they paid within about 2 weeks. I ended up getting about $3,000 of my $6,000 vet bills back. Here are my thoughts - 1. I would have liked to get more than just 50% back from VPI. But I chose VPI and I chose a system that deals with standard and customary fees. I chose a… read more

Reviewed By: denver
9/10   Totally Satisfied,
Yes, I would recommend VPI to others and have. First, I must agree with a few of the comments regarding coverage costs. I do feel that their (VPI) customer scale by which they gauge our reimbursement for Veterinary Services could be improved and more up-to-date with current cost structures. The actual costs incurred far exceed what is allowed by VPI and with the deductable it can be frustrating on what… read more

Reviewed By: Gloria Gunderson
9/10   No major gripes with VPI,
We have our two 5 year old golden retrievers enrolled in the VPI superior plan. Jack, who we have had since a puppy, has been enrolled since about 6 months of age. Chloe has only been enrolled for the year that we have had her. Jack has had sooooo many health issues, it has been wellllll worth the money for his plan. He has chronic skin infections due to allergies (he's allergic to human dander,… read more

Reviewed By: Kelly
2/10   the problem is their UCR,
VPI uses a usual and customary fee schedule more than 8 years old. Therefore, you go to the vet, pay let's say 500 and VPI (because they use outdated information) thinks the visit SHOULD have cost 150 - they then reimburse 80% of 150 or 120.00 on your 500.00 claim. (this is a terribly generous example - the reality is much worse). Find another company that either does not use a UCR at all (pets best is… read more

Reviewed By: Ellen
7/10   definitely a yes,
I have had pets all my life. with our newest additions, a german shepherd and a kitten, I decided to give this a try. all claims have been processed promptly. Unfortunately, the biggest payoff would be with a large claim. I wish I had this for my older dogs. then we wouldn't be hesitating about some surgery our lab needs. read more

Reviewed By: Ssmith
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