Lifetime cover

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What does lifetime pet insurance mean?

What is lifetime pet insurance?

This is an annual policy that can be renewed each year as long as the insurer offers to cover the pet at renewal and the pet owner agrees to pay the premiums.

If the policy is renewed it allows the pet owner to claim up to the full vet fee limit or condition limit every year and will continue to cover conditions that the pet owner previously claimed for, as well as conditions that the pet might develop over the course of their life.

This type of pet insurance is the most expensive pet insurance and at renewal the premiums will reflect the increase in the age of the pet, the claims history, as well as potential increases in costs to continue to provide treatment through medical enhancements.

If you are considering this type of pet insurance, you will need to be able to pay the premiums throughout the lifetime of your pet. For example: the premiums could increase at 4% per annum, so in year 2 this could be 4% of £240 but by year 10 this could be 4% of £342 and by year 15, 4% of £415.

In addition, lifetime pet insurance can include an excess – an amount that you need to pay towards the claim as well as a co-payment. This is a percentage of the cost of treatment received by your pet that you will be required to pay towards any claim.

How does lifetime pet insurance work?

There are different types of cover available. Annual policies where claims are payable up to the full vet fee limit or a set amount is paid per condition, each year. Sometimes lifetime pet insurance can be a mixture of the two, paying both the annual vet fee limit but with conditions restricted as to the amount that will be covered each year.

For example: Annual limit is £6,000 but has a condition limit of £1,500 so you can make up to 4 claims a year for unconnected conditions but you will only receive a maximum of £1,500 per condition treated.

What is the difference between lifetime pet insurance and maximum benefit pet insurance?

Lifetime pet insurance covers recurring conditions for poorly cats and dogs, providing there is no break in the cover. Many pet owners will choose a lifetime policy because if their furry friend were to develop a long-term illness – for example if Fido became diabetic or if Felix developed arthritis - then they could still be covered as long as their policy was renewed with the same insurance provider each year.

Maximum benefit pet insurance differs in the sense that conditions are covered up to a financial limit. This financial limit could be reached over a number of years and the policy will need to be renewed to maintain cover for the condition. Once you reach that limit, that condition then becomes a pre-existing condition and you won’t be able to claim for it in future. Once a condition becomes pre-existing, you will personally have to pay for the cost of any further treatment.

What does petGuard Lifetime insurance provide?

At petGuard, you can choose between £3,000, £6,000 or £12,000 in vet fee cover which will last for each 12-month period and will reset as soon as the policy is renewed. There are no restrictions on the amount payable for each condition that you claim for, only in that the total claims cannot exceed the vet fee limit chosen each policy year.

There are excesses to pay towards a claim and a co-payment is required once your pet reaches 8 years of age. More details can be found in the policy document.

Will petGuard cover pre-existing conditions?

petGuard will not cover pre-existing conditions when you apply for your policy. This is any condition, illness or injury that you’re either aware of, have had investigated or treated prior to the start of your cover.

Frequently asked questions about our pet insurance

Want to find out more about our pet cover?

Got a question about our cover for your pet? Or want to know more about cats and dogs in general? We’ve answered a few questions for you here!

If you’ve got more than one dog, then why not look at multi-pet insurance?

Instead of having each of your dogs on different pet policies, with our multi-pet insurance, you can save any hassle and take advantage of our multi-pet discount. You can cover up to five dogs on one policy. We are unable to insure dogs that are used for breeding purposes and pre-existing illnesses and conditions are not covered.

If you own more than one cat, then you could look into including all of your cats on one insurance policy.

Multi-pet insurance means that you don’t need to have all of your cats on different policies. Instead, you can cover up to five cats on one policy, saving you plenty of hassle and money at the same time!

We are unable to insure cats that are used for breeding purposes and pre-existing illnesses and conditions are not covered.

If you’ve got dogs and cats at home, then why not look at multi-pet insurance?

Instead of having each of your dogs and cats on different pet policies, with our multi-pet insurance you can save any hassle and take advantage of our multi-pet discount. You can cover up to five pets on one policy. We are unable to insure dogs and cats that are used for breeding purposes and pre-existing illnesses and conditions are not covered.

Insurance for your cat or dog can start as soon as possible! Our cover starts for cats and dogs aged eight weeks and over. We cannot cover claims arising within the first 14 days of your insurance starting and pre-existing illnesses and conditions are not covered.

Yes! Our pet insurance includes older dogs. If you’re looking to get insurance for your long-time companion, or whether you’ve recently taken in an older dog, then we can provide you and your dog with cover.

What about dogs over eight years of age?

Much like us, as dogs get older their health and behaviour may have changed since they were a young pup. This might mean that they need more frequent trips to the vet. Their treatment can even be complicated by their old age and therefore potentially more expensive.

If you’ve got a dog over eight years of age and you’re making a claim for their vet fees, then the excess that you must pay is:

  • The first £150
  • Plus 20% of the remaining cost of treatment

The excess applies to each condition claimed for annually.

Yes! With our pet insurance we can cover older cats. If you’re looking to get insurance for your feline friend, or whether you’ve recently adopted an older cat, then we can provide you with cover.

What about cats over eight years of age?

If you’ve got a cat over eight years of age and you’re making a claim for their vet fees, then the excess that you must pay for each condition annually is:

  • The first £150
  • Plus 20% of the remaining cost of treatment

Having insurance for your dog means that you can be covered against the cost of potentially very expensive trips to the vet.

You get to choose either Accident Only cover or cover for Accident and Illness for your dog. We offer three levels of vet fee cover, which means that you can be covered for up to £3,000, £6,000 or £12,000 per year.

If your claim has been successful, then we can pay the agreed amount, less any excess, either:

  • Straight into your bank account so you aren't left out of pocket, or;
  • To your vet if this is more convenient for you and your vet.

All vet fee claims are handled in the UK by Covea Insurance. While your claim is being dealt with, you can receive regular updates on its progress via email or text message.

Public Liability insurance for your dog, sometimes referred to as Third Party Liability insurance, can provide up to £2million per event if your dog injures someone or damages property and you are held liable.

If you’re out for a walk with your dog and they were to knock somebody over, then we can keep you covered if you’ve chosen our Public Liability option. Heading out for a dog walk shouldn’t end in hefty compensation costs, which is why we offer dog owners Public Liability protection for claims of property damage or injury from a third party.

Cover only applies in the UK.

Some dog breeds cannot be covered by our Third Party Liability option, see “Are there any breeds of dog that you are unable to insure?” For assistance dogs to qualify for Third Party Liability cover, they must have been trained by a member of, and within the guidance of, the organisation of Assistance Dogs UK.

Yes! Our Accident Only cover still offers you the same great choice of annual vet fee cover options for £3,000, £6,000 or £12,000.

Dogs can suffer injuries when you least expect it. Whether they’ve hurt themselves while out for a walk, or if playtime has ended in a trip to the vets.

Our Accident Only policy provides you with an uncomplicated level of cover for your dog which aims to protect you against potentially expensive trips to the vet to treat your dog for an injury.

Vet fees arising from illnesses that your dog may be suffering from are not covered and the excess you will be required to pay for treatment for injury depends on the age of your pet. Unfortunately, we can’t cover any pre-existing conditions; nor claims for injury within the first 48 hours of your cover starting.

Yes, we are able to cover working dogs. This would include a dog that is being used for shooting, hunting, or working with livestock. Also a dog that performs tasks to assist a human companion, including therapy dogs.

Unfortunately, for all of our policies, we cannot provide any vet fees or liability cover for any animal registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and/or the Dogs (Muzzling) regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991 or any amendments; or (whether pedigree, cross breed, mixed breed or known or classed as the names listed) an Abruzzese Mastiff, African Crested Dog, African Wild Dog, Alangu Mastiff, American Bulldog, American Bully, American Bully XL, American Indian Dog, American Mancon, American Mastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine Dogo, Argentinian Mastiff, Australian Dingo, Bandogge, Bandogge Mastiff, Blue Bull Terrier, Boerboel, Bole, Brazilian Mastiff, Bully, Bully Kutta, Canadian Inuit Dog, Canary Dog, Canary Mastiff, Cane Corso, Cão de Fila de São Miguel, Cão Fila, Chinese Shar Pei, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Dingo, Dogo Argentino, Dogue Brasileiro, East Siberian Laika, Fila Brasileiro, Gull Dong, Husky Wolf Hybrid, Inuit Dog American, Irish Staffordshire, Irish Staffordshire Blue Bull Terrier, Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Mastiff, Japanese Mastiff, Japanese Tosa, Johnson American Bulldog, Korean Jindo, Korean Mastiff, Laika, Libyan Desert Dog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Northern Inuit Dog, Pakistani Bull Dog, Perro de Presa Canario, Pit Bull Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Pocket Bully, Presa Canario, Racing Greyhound, Sarloos Wolfhound, Shar Pei, South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff, Tamaskan Dog, Tibetan Mastiff, Tosa, Tosa Inu, Utonagan Dog, Wolf Hybrid and Wolfdog.

No, we cannot cover pets that are used for guarding.

Yes, we are able to cover a crossbreed dog.

Yes. You must be a UK resident and domiciled in the UK.

You can choose to pay in full by credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can take advantage of our interest free monthly payment option and simply spread the payments out, without any additional cost.

Your pet must be eight weeks old at the start date of cover. There is no maximum pet age to apply for this insurance, but there are age limits on cover sections.

Death due to illness is limited to pets under five years of age at the time of the incident. Full details are found in the policy wording.

Provided that you have chosen our Accident and Illness cover we will refresh your veterinary fees benefit each year allowing you to claim for ongoing conditions on your pet insurance for as long as we are able to offer a renewal and you renew without a gap in cover.

Yes. Depending on the type of cover you select we are able to cover treatment provided that it is related to an injury or illness.

Yes there is an excess you will need to pay in respect of each illness or injury for which you wish to claim each year. These are as follows:

Veterinary Fees

For each illness or injury arising during each period of insurance your excess will be:

  • For pets under eight years of age at time of treatment: The first £150.
  • For pets older than eight years of age at time of treatment: The first £150 plus 20% of the remaining cost of treatment.

Holiday Cancellation - The first £75 of the claim

Accidental Damage to Third Party Property - The first £75 of the claim

Accidental Damage to Pet Accessories - The first £50 of the claim

Emergency Expenses - The first £50 of the claim

Third Party Liability - The first £250 of property damage claim

No, we cannot provide cover for pets that are used for breeding. There are special policies for their specific risks, and we suggest you speak to your vet or local insurance broker for help finding suitable cover.

We offer a choice of three annual benefit levels. You can insure up to the chosen limit each year and provided that we are able to offer renewal and you renew without a gap in cover the benefit will be reinstated for the next period of insurance. This means that you can claim for chronic or ongoing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart or skin conditions whilst the policy remains in force.

We need some details about you and the pet you wish to insure together with either bank account or debit/credit card details for payment of the premium.

This is something we are able to do provided that your vet is happy with this arrangement.

We look at a number of factors including the age and breed of the pet, the risk of chronic or recurring conditions associated with certain breeds, the area the pet lives in and any claims history.

If you need to make a claim (excluding Third Party Liability claims), then feel free to contact our UK-based claims team. Once you've made a claim, we can keep you updated regularly by text or email.

Make your claim by either calling Covea Insurance on: 0333 130 4534 or email:

For Third Party Liability claims, contact Ageas Insurance Ltd on: 0345 415 0495

For Dog Liability claims, please contact Ageas Insurance by either phone: 0345 415 0495 or email:

As the insurance policy is a legal agreement between us and the policyholder, we can only set up a policy with the person who will be named as the policyholder.

Travelling with your pet within the European Union is due to be affected by developments regarding Brexit. Her Majesty’s Government has clarified that until an agreement has been reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union you will need to follow the guidance set out below for any pet that travels overseas from 1st January 2021. More details on the current guidance and requirements for travelling abroad with your pet can be found in our section on How will Brexit affect travelling with my pet?

  1. Ensure your pet is microchipped
  2. Have your pet vaccinated against rabies. It is advised that your pet has a blood test at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination or booster to ensure the rabies antibodies are present
  3. Wait three months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you choose to travel. You will need to ensure your vet gives you a copy of the test results and records the date the blood sample was taken on your Animal Health Certificate (AHC).

Please be advised that you will not be allowed to travel with your pet if you have not completed the steps above.

If your pet's blood test result is unfortunately unsuccessful, you’ll need to repeat the vaccination and the process above until it is successful before your pet is able to travel.

If you have any queries relating to any future travel you may have planned, please contact your vet. You can also view the Government guidance on pet travel here. It is important that you follow all up to date Government guidance when traveling abroad with your pet.

With our optional Overseas Travel cover, you can get travel insurance for your pet so that you don’t have to leave them behind when you head away. We can help with the cost of vet fees abroad, as well as providing up to £1,500 to cover emergency expenses (maximum 60 days of cover per trip). Overseas Travel can be a useful option if you are planning to take your pet on holiday with you, providing your pet complies with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). This allows you to travel with your pet to anywhere in Europe (including Channel Islands consisting of the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland).

You can read more about our optional Overseas Travel cover and how Brexit is affecting travelling with your pets from January 1st here.

To help reduce the stress levels in your cat or dog, traveling by car or train is usually the better option. If you have no choice but to travel by plane, flying is still a safe option for your pet. However, traveling by car does allow pet owners to keep a much closer eye on their pets, with the added bonus of being able to pull-over for breaks as often as you want. When traveling by train or plane, there will be tighter restrictions on where your pet can sit, how often (if they can in fact) move around, and with more people traveling alongside you, your pet could become increasingly stressed.

Before traveling on any long journey, carefully consider what the best form of transport for your cat or dog would be, and how you feel they would cope on the journey.

Most airlines will allow you to take a cat or dog on the plane, either in the cabin or down below in cargo. Before booking your flight, check with the airline that they can in fact, fly your pet. You may have to book in advance, with some airlines charging additional fees for traveling pets.

Your pet will need pet travel documents before they can fly, as this will need to be presented to the airline when checking in your pet. Depending on where your pet is flying from and where they are flying to, they will need to have certain vaccinations and treatments for illnesses such as rabies or tapeworm. You will most likely need to proof of the vaccinations and treatment from your vet.

If you’re traveling abroad, or simply going away for a few days in the UK, it’s still a good idea to prep your pet for the journey. Such preparation measures could help reduce the stress levels in your pet, help you understand how best your pet travels, and help make the journey that little bit easier for both you and your pet.

  • Before taking your pet on any long car journey, take them on short drives close to home, while slowly increasing the amount of time spent in the car. This will not only help them get used to being confined in a car, but it could help them overcome travel sickness if they suffer from it.
  • Avoid feeding your cat or dog right before traveling, as the motion of the car, train or plane could upset their stomach. Make sure they have plenty of water, so they are well hydrated.
  • Before any long journey, consider the health of your pet. Are they fit and healthy enough to travel? Make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations and treatments and be sure to check if they need any additional ones, as this could be a requirement of certain countries or airlines.
  • To help ensure your pet is comfortable while traveling, make sure they have plenty of water, (food but depending how well they travel on a full stomach), toys to keep them occupied, and a comfortable place to sleep and rest. Most importantly, they need to be secured while traveling, whether it be in a crate that is large enough for them to sit in, stand and move around in, or strapped in using a proper pet seat belt for the car.

If you don’t want to take your cat or dog on holiday with you, then why not consider the following instead:

  • Leave your pet with a friend or family member
  • Have a qualified pet-sitter come around to your home, to feed, walk and check-up on your pet
  • Take your pet to a reputable kennel or cattery

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If you purchased your policy before 23rd September 2019, please contact us on: 0345 450 7042

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