A stress-free claims process

  • Fast processing of claims
  • Update your account online

You can make a claim as soon as your dog or cat has visited the vet. Make sure you submit your claim so we receive it within 90 days of your pet’s treatment.

What's covered

What is covered in all plans

  • Accidental injury
  • After-hours emergency visits
  • Lab and diagnostic tests^
  • Hospitalisation^
  • Radiology^
  • Medicine and drugs^
  • Cruciate ligament surgery (6 month waiting period, may be waived on application)

Only in Ultimate and Economy

  • Illnesses
  • Annual paralysis tick benefit
  • Cancer treatment
  • Skin conditions e.g. allergies

Exclusions

  • Pre-existing conditions that your pet showed clinical signs of before you took out the insurance
  • Dental procedures
  • Behavioural problems
  • Elective procedures
  • Food and diets
  • Grooming
  • Pregnancy
  • Pet accessories

Check out the list of all exclusions

Routine Care

By choosing our Ultimate plan, you can claim for these routine care benefits, if you add our optional Routine Care Cover:

  • Heartworm test or blood screen - $15 a year
  • FeLV/FIV test or urinalysis - $15 a year

Plus a $50 annual benefit for any one of these routine treatments:

  • De-sexing and Micro-chipping
  • Heartworm preventative medication
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Vaccinations
  • Council registration fees
  • Prescription diets
  • Alternative therapies

^ Will only be covered on the RSPCA Basic Accident Only Cover as a direct result of an accident.

Claim Statistics from July 2017 to June 2018

  • 222,743 claims paid

  • $36,142,377 in claims paid

  • 98.7% of claims processed within 5 days

Common Accident and Illness Claims*

Multiple fractures
Average Claim incl. GST, 20122013 FY

$2,444.88

Highest Claim

$19,325

Cancer
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$2,245.34

Highest Claim

$12,860

Gastroenteritis
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$541.26

Highest Claim

$10,524

Snake bite
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$1,673.22

Highest Claim

$16,596

Pneumonia
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$1,978.04

Highest Claim

$10,131

Arthritis
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$503.82

Highest Claim

$7,923

Diabetes
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$2,517.52

Highest Claim

$11,167

Ear infection
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$426.10

Highest Claim

$4311

Cataracts
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$2151.62

Highest Claim

$11,167

Dermatitis
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$221.70

Highest Claim

$4,850

Urinary tract infection
Average Claim incl. GST, 2012-2013 FY

$491.16

Highest Claim

$6,805

* Claim data as at June 2013

Frequently asked questions

What is not covered?

1

Like most insurance policies, we have excluded some conditions. This is to help keep your premiums low. RSPCA Pet Insurance does not cover behavioural problems, elective procedures, food and diets, grooming, pregnancy and any pre-existing conditions that your pet showed clinical signs of before you took out the insurance, or during the Waiting Period.

Are ongoing conditions covered for the life of the pet?

2

Yes – as long as you continue to renew your policy with us each year with no break in cover, we will continue to provide cover for chronic, recurring or lifelong conditions such as cancer or arthritis. Benefits for these conditions, like any other, are subject to the annual policy limits and exclude Pre-existing Conditions.
Felix

Meet Felix

Dogs, being curious, can swallow objects that they are not supposed to. After an x-ray, it was determined that a Golden Retriever had ingested a foreign object and it needed to be removed. The effects of digesting a foreign object can vary and if it does not pass they can become irritated and cause infection. Removal can require surgery and can be very expensive. In this case the owners were able to claim $7,299 from their vet bill, being 80% of the total cost. - RSPCA Pet Insurance claim 2013.